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November 22, 2015



With Bernard her husband of  fifty-five years, now in the grave, seventy-eight-year-old Harriet Chance impulsively sets sail on an Alaskan cruise that Bernard had planned. But what she hoped would be a voyage leading to a new lease of life becomes a surprising and  revelatory journey onto Harriet’s past.
There, amid the buffets and lounge singers, between the imagined appearance of her late husband and the very real arrival of her estranged daughter midway through the cruise, Harriet is forced to take a long look back, confronting the truth about pivotal events that changed the course of her life. In the process she discovers that she’s been living most of that life under entirely false assumptions.
My review
First of all I was drawn to this book by it wonderful cover. I didn’t find it funny as stated on the front cover. I found it quite moving at times. Harriet’s husband Bernard Chance passed way in November. To Harriet at seventy-eight Bernard is still alive in her imagination and she still talks to him.  April 6, 2015 Harriet takes a phone call from Janis Segress from the Ann and Virginia Nitterhouse Foundation.  Mr Chance never picked up his gift basket after the silent auction from 2013 and the voucher expires at the end of August.  Harriet can collect the gift for the Alaskan cruise. Harriet chance sets sail on the Alaskan cruise that Bernard had planned. Something happens on the cruise for Harriet Chance. This is a novel full of important ideas about how we live our lives as parents, children, partners, and human beings.

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