"A supremely contemporary story in an authentically depicted historical setting. A novel that will ring true with women readers of all types." --G. Miki Hayden, author, The Naked Writer
An old riverboat and the colorful characters aboard it form the backdrop for this tale of a woman's heartache and self-discovery and her crazed husband's quest for revenge. After her children are sent away, Emma seeks solace on her uncle's boat, where she is greeted by the kindness and companionship of a stranger. As she learns about herself and the possiblity of happiness, her husband follows close behind, determined to take his anger out on her and everyone else aboard the boat.
Set in 1900, Steffen's debut presents a captivating view of life aboard a riverboat a century ago, but minimal character development makes it hard for readers to become attached to the novel's protagonist, Emma Perkins, an Ohio woman who leaves her abusive farmer husband, Jared, to serve as a cook aboard her uncle's riverboat, Spirit. Despite the often laborious work of providing meals for crew and passengers, Emma is glad to be free of Jared's vicious physical and verbal assaults. At the same time, she misses her young son and daughter, sent by Jared to work at a neighbor's farm. A love triangle emerges among Emma, Capt. William Briggs Briggham and Gage, Spirit's solitary engineer, but subplots involving a riverboat race and the love life of Emma's assistant, Lilly, detract from the potency of the primary plot line. (Sept.)
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1 . Great book, quick read
Posted March 25, 2011 by Sarah , Montgomery, PAI like the history involved in this book. Being on the river myself- I like the setting obviously. It really has your mind working as to the times they were. Had everything a short book could need: History, tragedy, love, triumph, sci-fi/supernatural (not much just opinionated) and a lot of detail to help paint the scenes. Well done. if I could only come up with decent questions for the next book club meeting...
August 30, 2007
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