The Unsinkable Greta James By Jennifer E. Smith

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The Unsinkable Greta James: A Novel By Jennifer E. Smith

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An indie musician reeling from tragedy and a public breakdown reconnects with her father on a weeklong cruise in “a pitch-perfect story about the ways we recover love in the strangest places” (Rebecca Serle, bestselling author of In Five Years)“The characters are drawn with a generosity that allows them to be wrong but also right, loving but also prone to missteps, and ultimately deserving of a resolution that’s full of hope.”—Linda Holmes, New York Times bestselling author of Evvie Drake Starts Over ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—BookPageRight after the sudden death of her mother—her first and most devoted fan—and just before the launch of her high-stakes sophomore album, Greta James falls apart on stage. The footage quickly goes viral and she stops playing, her career suddenly in jeopardy—the kind of jeopardy her father, Conrad, has always predicted; the kind he warned her about when he urged her to make more practical choices with her life.   Months later, Greta—still heartbroken and very much adrift—reluctantly agrees to accompany Conrad on the Alaskan cruise her parents had booked to celebrate their fortieth anniversary. It could be their last chance to heal old wounds in the wake of shared loss. But the trip will also prove to be a voyage of discovery for them both, and for Ben Wilder, a charming historian, onboard to lecture about The Call of the Wild, who is struggling with a major upheaval in his own life. As Greta works to build back her confidence and Ben confronts an uncertain future, they find themselves drawn to and relying on each other.It’s here in this unlikeliest of places—at sea, far from the packed city venues where she usually plays and surrounded by the stunning scenery of Alaska—Greta will finally confront the choices she’s made, the heartbreak she’s suffered, and the family hurts that run deep. In the end, she’ll have to decide what her path forward might look like—and how to find her voice again.
Rating: 4/5 StarsFor fans of Daisy Jones & the Six and Songs in Ursa Major – Greta James has found herself on a boat, or as her father says “a ship” in the middle of Alaska on a 7 day cruise she wasn’t supposed to be on. A musician (and famous one at that) as well as a grieving daughter, Greta has agreed to accompany her father, Conrad, on the trip Conrad and Greta’s late mother had planned to take before her death.As the ship sets sail, Greta’s trouble begin to compound – her tense relationship with Conrad, her looming performance at Gov Ball, her last disaster of a performance (with a demanding label and publicity team thrown in).A delightfully quick read, The Unsinkable Greta James explores love, loss and self-discovery in the wild of Alaska. Jennifer Smith leans fully into her YA background to give a grown up view on individuality and coming into one’s own.I really enjoyed this as a break between heavier novels. It was an engaging read and while not light hearted, was heartfelt and endearing.
I enjoyed this book. It wasn’t outstanding, but it kept me interested. Greta just broke up with her boyfriend. Ben is separated from his wife. They meet on a cruise in Alaska. The story ends without us knowing if Greta and Ben get together.
This book centers around Greta James, an Alanis Morissette type singer and her father. Greta had a meltdown while onstage (the reader does not find out what happened until about one-third of the way through the book) and her complicated relationship with her father, Conrad. Greta’s mother dies suddenly. She had planned an Alaskan cruise for hers and Conrad’s 40th anniversary and Greta reluctantly takes her stead. Greta and Conrad make their way back to each other with realistic conversation about loss and grief. More than one time I cried. I highly recommend it.
The story moved in a rhythmic sort of way. Dynamic was the difficult relationship between Greta and her dad. The book incorporated the wide range of human emotions interspersed with moments of insight and healing.
A story that revolves around moving on after loss and grief, this book will tug at your heart. Greta is a singer/guitarist who just lost her beloved mother, and is on a break from performing. Her brother, Asher, convinces Greta to go on an Alaskan cruise with their father, who is deeply mourning, and two of their closest couple friends. The descriptions of Alaska make me want to sign up for that cruise, while the deep emotions experienced by Greta and her father enhance the story. I enjoyed this book and recommend.
The story was good and the setting on an Alaska cruise is great to read while on an Alaska cruise. It was a quick read that, when finished, left me wanting more chapters.

 

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