The Unsinkable Greta James

The Unsinkable Greta James

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Greta James's meteoric rise to indie stardom was hard-won. Before she graced magazine covers and sold out venues, she spent her girlhood strumming her guitar in the family garage. Her first fan was her mother, Helen, whose face shone bright in the dusty downtown bars where she got her start—but not everyone encouraged Greta to follow her dreams. While many daydream about a crowd chanting their name, her father, Conrad, saw only a precarious life ahead for his daughter.

Greta has spent her life trying to prove him wrong, but three months after Helen's sudden death, and weeks before the launch of her high-stakes sophomore album, Greta has an onstage meltdown that goes viral. Attempting to outrun the humiliation and heartbreak, she reluctantly agrees to accompany her father on a week-long Alaskan cruise, the very one that her parents had booked to celebrate their fortieth anniversary.

This could be the James family's last chance to heal old wounds and will prove to be a voyage of discovery for them, as well as for Ben Wilder, a historian also struggling with a major upheaval in his life. Ben is on board to lecture about Jack London's The Call of the Wild, the adventure story Greta's mother adored, and he captures Greta's attention after her streak of dating hanger-ons. As Greta works to build up her confidence and heal, and Ben confronts his uncertain future, they must rely on one another to make sense of life’s difficult choices. In the end, Greta must make the most challenging decision of all: to listen to the song within her or make peace with those who love her.

An indie musician reeling from tragedy reconnects with her estranged father on a week-long cruise in this tale of grief, fame, and love from bestselling author Jennifer E. Smith.

Title:The Unsinkable Greta James
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780593358276
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  • Kerrin

    Now Available!The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith is a lovely story about a daughter trying to make peace with her father after her mother’s unexpected death. The daughter just happens t...

  • Catherine (alternativelytitledbooks)

    **Many thanks to NetGalley, Random House-Ballantine, and Jennifer E. Smith for a gifted copy of this book!! Now available as of 3.1!!**"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain"-...

  • jessica

    its been a minute since ive read a JES book. this sounded like it would tug on all the heartstrings, so i couldnt resist.i think at its core, this story has all the best intentions. its touches all of...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    I already enjoy those sentimental YA books of Jennifer E. Smith before and as far as I can see she can successfully achieve to switch genres to create this heartfelt adult/ women’s fiction/ family d...

  • Liz

    At the end of 2021, I find myself involved with two books both targeting family dynamics. Luckily, both of them were enjoyable stories that I can recommend. Greta James is a fairly successful indie mu...

  • Whitney Erwin

    An emotional, heartfelt read! Overall, this was a very enjoyable book. Greta and Ben were dynamic characters that I loved but I didn’t care much for Conrad. I wanted him to support his daughter and ...

  • Sujoya

    Thirty-six year old Greta James is forced to go on an Alaskan Cruise with her father and a group of her parents’ friends. This was originally intended to be an anniversary trip for her parents - a t...

  • Val ?? Shameless Handmaiden ??

    3.5 StarsThe timing of this read is kind of funny as I literally read this the day after getting home from a cruise vacation...and I will actually be going on an Alaskan cruise this June (a 2020 holdo...

  • Carolyn

    This is a terrific novel about grief and family and how life doesn’t always give you what you want. It’s a very engaging read with some wonderful in-depth characters, humor and a smattering of rom...

  • Constantine

    Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ ½Genre: ContemporaryGreta James is a rock star. Her mother Helen passed away recently just before going on an Alaskan ship cruise with her father. This was the trip her mother has b...