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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  13 reviews
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
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
Genevieve and her husband Peter are recovering from a family trauma and have decided to go on a cruise in an effort to heal the rift between them. Genevieve strikes up a conversation with another passenger by the name of Thomas. Morbidly obese and seemingly lonely, Thomas has a number of health concerns but he's a great listener and their friendship starts to take root.

Throughout the nineteen days of the cruise (informing the title of the book), their conversations begin to deepen and we learn a
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 .
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
fred jones
Oct 05, 2022 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable story of loss, redemption and second changes. After the death of her son Gwendolyn and her husband take a cruise from Australia to Hawaii. Gwendolyn hates cruises but soon meets Thomas a morbidly obese man who she immediately befriends. The nineteen days on this ship will change the lives of all of the books give main characters. Secrets are exposed, resentments are revealed and second chances are offered. I liked the characters and the story. The writing is emotional and good. I li ...more
mangan killarney
Oct 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I loved the narration of Hannah Lalor

After the death of her son Gwendolyn and her husband take a cruise from Australia to Hawaii. Gwendolyn hates cruises, she befriends Thomas a morbidly obese man. The nineteen days on this ship will change the lives of all. Secrets are exposed, resentments are revealed, and second chances are offered. This book is full of compassionate and heartfelt look at grief, tragedy, secrets and love
Feb 19, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Story, Too Drawn Out

Overall I enjoyed this book. I love cruise stories, and the characters were well developed. I liked the friendships that were formed at sea. That being said, fhe story really started to lag in the middle and it did not improve. I had to push myself to get through it, and I started to not care about the characters anymore. I just wanted to finish the book. A lovely story, just needed to be much shorter or more engaging.
Dec 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A surprising and captivating read

The characters in this story are raw and real. Each of them holds a secret they can only tell strangers, until one fateful night, when they are forced to face their secrets - and themselves - head on. It is a funny, poignant, heartbreaking and uplifting read.
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