The Unsinkable Greta James

Ballantine. Mar. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780593358276. $28. F
YA author Smith (The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight) enters the adult field with this uplifting novel. The last thing Greta James wants to do is spend a week on a cruise ship. The trip to Alaska, an event her parents had been planning for more than a year, was supposed to be their 40th anniversary celebration, but Greta’s mother didn’t live long enough to enjoy the trip she so meticulously planned. Greta and her father, Conrad, don’t have the best relationship. She never fit his ideal—housewife, PTA, picket fence; instead she’s a rock star, on tour all over the world. Greta fell apart on stage the day after her mother died and hasn’t picked up her guitar since. Maybe the cruise will do her some good; maybe she can resurface and work on her second album. On board, history professor / best-selling author / cruise ship guest lecturer Ben Wilder catches Greta’s eye, proving to be the best distraction. But with a concert on the horizon, Greta knows she’ll have to face her fears and sorrow head-on.
VERDICT Death can change so much for the living. Readers of Debbie Macomber and Robyn Carr will love how unsinkable Greta proves to be.
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