Crossing on the Paris

Crossing on the Paris

Book - 2012
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Downton Abbey meets Titanic in this sweeping historical novel about three women of different generations and classes, whose lives intersect on a majestic ocean liner traveling from Paris to New York in the wake of World War I.

The opulent age of empires is ending, but the great queens of the sea-- the magnificent ocean liners--continue to reign supreme. Despite the tragedy of the Titanic, the race to build ever larger and more luxurious floating palaces continues, and passengers still flock to make the Atlantic crossing in style.

In 1921,the SS Paris leaves Le Havre on her maiden voyage. Aboard, passengers dine in glittering grandeur on French cuisine, served by hundreds of unnoticed servants and chefs. Below the waterline, the modern oil-fired engines throb day and night. And for three women, this voyage will profoundly change their lives.

Traveling first class, elderly Vera Sinclair is reluctantly moving back to Manhattan after thirty wonderful years abroad. In cozy second class, reveling in her brief freedom from family life, Constance Stone is returning after a failed mission to bring her errant sister home from France. And in the stifling servants' quarters, young Le Havre native Julie Vernet is testing her wings in her first job as she sets out to forge her own future. For all three, in different ways, this transatlantic voyage will be a life-changing journey of the heart.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9781451678239
Characteristics: 314 p. ;,21 cm.


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Dec 25, 2018

very, very slow start, middle and slightly better end. victims of sexual assault might identify with one of the characters. Pam Jenhoff much better author for this type of historical fiction.

Jan 30, 2018

I wasn't certain that I would continue with the book, but I'm glad that it did as the story came richer in tone as it unfolded.

LPL_ShirleyB Dec 09, 2014

A vividly descriptive story of three women from different walks of life whose lives intersect on board the SS Paris in 1921.

Jun 21, 2014

A totally enjoyable read from page one to the very end. Details are rich but not over-done. History in 1921 after World War 1 comes to life of Paris and the grand days of trans-Atlantic crossings in beautiful ocean liners. Beautiful, that is, for the more well-to-do; for the underprivileged however, life in steerage was meagre and void of pleasantries. The three main characters in the book, all women, come from different classes but all are likeable characters and we become bonded with each of them. I will certainly be reading more of Dana Gynther's books, and can hardly wait for her next one.

ab562 Apr 14, 2013

It's a good storyline with three generations of ladies being followed in their crossing. A little slow at times, but has a fun historical feeling which made me want to keep reading on.

Apr 08, 2013

*** stars. Marvelous premise - three women travel in 1921 on the maiden voyage of the ocean liner "Paris" from Le Havre to New York. The youngest is a French girl who has lost her 4 older brothers to WWI. She dreams of adventure and signs on to work in steerage in the great ship. The second is an American mother and wife who has unsuccessfully tried to get her younger sister to return to Massachusetts from Paris to help care for their mentally ill mother. ( That's a no-brainer for me....) After seeing her sister's carefree life, she begins to wonder about her own safe choices of husband and dutiful daughter and mother. The third is an elderly American woman who is dying. She has lived in Paris for decades, but for some reason decides to return to New York for her final days. Great characters. It is hard for me to explain exactly why I was disappointed. There are definitely some terrific scenes in the book, but two story lines were very predictable for me... If you like the premise, try this book, you may like it more than I. mildly recommend

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