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Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2021
Last Port of Call is by Jean Grainger. This is the first in a new series by Grainger and if it is any indication, the series will be great. It took me just a few pages to get into it simply because I was expecting a continuation of one of the series she has already written, although from the information I had, I knew it wasn’t. It didn’t take long to get me totally involved and I read the book in a single sitting because I couldn’t put it down. I can hardly wait until the next book in the series.
This book takes place in Queensland, Ireland. This is where the Titanic made her last landfall before heading to sea and a date with her disaster. Of course, not knowing of her destiny, the people of Ireland had gathered to see her off and to be able to say they had seen the unsinkable ship. Others were gathered to take their places aboard the ship and sail to New York and their destinies to make their way in the new world. The book centers around the boarding house run by Harp Delaney Deveraux and her Mother. Harp had grown up in the Cliff House because her Mother was the housekeeper. Harp had the run of the house because Mr. Henry Deveraux allowed it. The two had a special relationship and would spend hours in his study reading. Her Mother had been working in the house since she was a child so knew Mr. Henry and his younger brother Ralph since they were children. Upon his death, they learned that Henry had claimed Harp as his daughter and left Cliff House to her. She and her Mother turned it into a boarding house that fit in the space between the very expensive hotel in town and the very inexpensive place on the other side of town. Their hotel was modest and just right for middle class Irishmen.
The story revolves around their first guests and their stories of why they are here to meet the Titanic. Their individual stories are a cross sampling of the types of people who really sailed on the ship and other ships that left Ireland for the United States. Future boarders will take future ships
The stories are cute and adventurous and keep you on your toes as you read them. The boarding house reminds me of the B&B’s I stayed in when I was in Ireland. They were quaint, the owners were very professional and yet very friendly, and the guests were more like friends than strangers.