The Unsinkable Greta James
An indie musician reeling from tragedy and a public breakdown reconnects with her estranged father on a week-long cruise in this “pitch-perfect story about the ways we recover love in the strangest places” (Rebecca Serle) from bestselling author Jennifer E. Smith.
Just after the sudden death of her mother—her first and most devoted fan—and weeks 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, 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 week-long 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 who is on board to lecture about The Call of the Wild, and 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 the Last Frontier—that 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.