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By Joseph O'Connor

In the sour iciness of 1847, from an eire torn by means of famine and injustice, the celebrity of the ocean units sail for NewYork. On board are 1000's of refugees, a few confident, many extra determined. between them are a maid with a devastating mystery, the bankrupt Lord Merridith, his spouse and kids, and a killer stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that might deliver absolution.

This trip will see many lives finish, others commence anew. Passionate loves are tenderly recalled, shirked tasks regretted too past due, and profound relationships shockingly printed. during this spellbinding story of tragedy and mercy, love and therapeutic, the farther the send sails towards the Promised Land, the extra her passengers look moored to a earlier that might by no means allow them to move.

As urgently modern because it is ancient, this fascinating and compassionate novel builds with the speed of a mystery to a gorgeous end.

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