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As war engulfs Europe, 1,500 passengers risk everything to find a brighter future.

Cousins Masha and Rachel Morgenstern board the luxury liner the SS Manhattan bound for New York, desperate to escape the concentration camps that claimed the rest of their family. America offers a safe haven, but to reach it they must survive a hazardous Atlantic crossing.

Among their fellow passengers fleeing the war, each with their own conflicts, secrets and surprises, are the composer Igor Stravinsky, making a new start after a decade of tragedy, and Rose Kennedy, determined to keep her four children from harm. Particularly worrying to Rose is her daughter Rosemary, a vivacious but troubled woman whose love for a Californian musician may derail her family’s political ambitions. And then there’s young Thomas, a Nazi with a secret...

But, under the waves, the Manhattan is being stalked by a German U-boat. Will any of those aboard the ocean liner ever achieve their dream of a new life in America?

©2018 Marius Gabriel (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • DKat
  • 20-04-2018

Took me back in time

The author made me feel I was there and cared for each character, flaws and all. The narrator added more depth and easily portrayed each one. Definitely at least five stars.

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  • Linda
  • 05-04-2018

Great Historical Fiction--Compelling Characters

Great story about lots of interesting passengers on the great liner, Manhattan, a US ship transporting passengers from Europe to America at the beginning of WWII. Exciting and with historical facts wrapped into a fictional story. Marius Gabriel is one of my favorite authors. I read on Kindle and listened to Angela Dawes on Audible. Both were terrific. Lots of angst among the escaping Passengers departing Nazi Germany. Reveals a bigot and hatred among some onboard, Americans returning, but they are few compared to the majority of the passengers. Includes romance, adventure, and military actions.

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  • anna kelleher
  • 19-05-2018

could not stop listening

I loved this book, I would love to know if the part about Rosemary Kennedy had any truth to it . It ended to soon as any good book does . The woman who performed it was really good each character voice was different she made the book so real! I just loved it !!!!!!

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  • bulldogmomma
  • 24-08-2018

pretty good

pleasant. I got caught up in the storyline. well written and engaging. I would recommend.

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  • Deborah Carter
  • 24-08-2018

Melancholy and nostalgic

The narration was fantastic! the story was sad and sweet and satisfying in the end.

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  • Robert Schneck
  • 11-08-2018

Fast out of the gate faded on the final turn

The book was great while on the ship but a let down in the last 1/3. Kind of ran out of steam. Could have fast forwarded to the last two chapters.

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  • Coffee & a Book
  • 06-08-2018

Decent story... a little dull

The story wasn’t bad, but I felt it kinda dragged in places. It didn’t grab my attention. I would leave the book for days before listening again. There were several storylines going at the same time. The one about Rosemary Kennedy probably affected me the most... what a sad and tragic story! The narrator was pretty good. The ending was anticlimactic, IMHO.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-08-2018

Wonderful story

I truly loved this book didn't want it to end! Fantastic a must read! Thanks

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  • Jeannette Rizos
  • 29-07-2018

Loved the story.

I had no idea what would happen. It was interesting and made me cry at times. I felt so angry at Rosemary’s parents and had no idea of the entirety of what happened to her. The reader was the best.

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  • G.G. Getz
  • 11-07-2018

history comes alive

surprising glimpse into intertwining events of famous people. felt like I was back in 1939