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Genevieve hates cruises. All that lounging around quaffing cocktails and too much food. But Peter, her husband, bought this one for her after the worst year of her life, and she couldn't tell him she didn't want to go. They are both still traumatised from an unimaginable family tragedy, and each of them has gone into hiding behind small talk and silence.

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Paperback, 270 pages
Published July 14th 2020 by Atlas Productions
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Genevieve and Peter had suffered a terrible tragedy just six months prior and to help with their grief, Peter booked them both on a cruise – a nineteen day floating, docking, visiting, eating, drinking time to forget. But Genevieve disliked cruises and with Peter unwell in their cabin, she was at a loose end. Wandering, lonely, it was probably inevitable that she would make a friend. Thomas was obese, morbidly so, and while Genevieve could see and hear the glances and snide remarks from the peop ...more
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nineteen Days is the second novel by Australian author, Kath Engebretson. Genevieve Bennet and her husband Peter are on a cruise: nineteen days out of Sydney to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Genevieve would rather be anywhere else than in the middle of a crowd of people intent on eating, drinking and having a good time.

While Peter deals with his grief and anger in their cabin, Genevieve sits on deck, watching the passing parade, later described thus by a fellow passenger: “the unusual, t
Mary Kerr
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kath Engebretson’s second novel Nineteen Days is set on a cruise ship, a place where strangers can come together for a short time without the connections they have left behind, in this case for nineteen days. This contained setting enables the writer to create a group of characters with whom readers are able to sympathise. It allows Engebretson, as she weaves her charming narrative, to argue that life changing relationships can actually develop between strangers. This writer also explores our ne ...more
Christine Reid
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“What a world of secrets this vessel holds” , this line is to me the key point on which this novel is cleverly formed . Those secrets the characters held and the hidden masks they wore till friendships made on the cruise gradually wore those masks down . Twists in the story keep the reader reading longer than he/she may have intended . A story of many stories of lives led, family dynamics , regrets felt & decisions made and the ripple effect these factors cause . Highly recommend . ...more
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very easy to read with an interesting storyline and setting. The characters are well developed and the novel examines several family issues that affect us all in a sympathetic and engaging fashion. A thoughtful and sensitive read, highly recommend.
Margaret King
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book, with relatable characters and a great storyline. The story keeps you guessing with the little sub plots and the twists and turns throughout the story. Well worth reading.
Jo Finch
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend Nineteen Days, unforgettable characters, interesting story, highly enjoyable reading
Marie Bagh
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In Nineteen Days, Kath Engebretson conveys the debilitating and sorrowful grief associated with the loss of a child, the loss of a sister, the rejection of parents, and the fear of losing a job. I felt heavy-hearted reading each page, but because it is so beautifully written and so humble, the grief was bearable. It’s a gentle book that celebrates the invaluable need for human connection in order to heal, live and love.

What gets Genevieve through the lonely days on the ship is her unexpected an
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DR KATH ENGEBRETSON is a teacher and academic who lives in Melbourne. Red Dirt Odyssey is her first fictional title, but in her field of religious studies she is the author and editor of several academic books, and many student textbooks. Kath’s PhD focused on teacher education, and she taught in the Education Faculty at Australian Catholic University for seventeen years.

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