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The three-month stay of the liner and its 650 German officers and crew created quite a stir among the mansions of Bar Harbor. Into this rich tapestry, Paretti weaves plausible love matches between a prominent socialite and the ship's second officer, a Bar Harbor governess and the captain, even the town librarian and Cecile's purser.

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350 pages
Published July 1st 1980 by New English Library (first published 1977)
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☆Michelle☆
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Essendo uno dei vecchi libri che aveva in casa mia nonna, mi aspettavo qualcosa di diverso. E con “diverso” intendo qualcosa di molto, molto peggio a quello che questo libro è in realtà.
Mi sono commossa tantissimo per la storia e per il protagonista, ovviamente. E alla fine ho anche versato qualche lacrimuccia perché diciamocelo: il finale non è dei migliori. Ma questo poco importa, lo consiglio vivamente a chiunque voglia leggere qualcosa di veloce e vecchio stampo.
Rachel Rogers
Jan 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
since I love Bar Harbor, ME, my husband got me this for Christmas. It started out really strongly with an intriguing hook, then it slowed considerably about half way through. Oddly, while the characters were all ok, I never really started cheering for any one of them; well maybe Captain Pollock.

A very interesting look at WWI and America's early stance on the war. I've only read about the horrors once the USA got involved in the warfare.
Luann Yetter
The best part about this novel is that it's based on a true story (about my beloved Bar Harbor!), and Paretti seems to have gotten the historical facts right. But while the cover claims this is "a novel of romance in old Bar Harbor," the story seems to lack a bit of...well, romance.
Laurie
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mostly I love this book for the Bar Harbor setting & history.
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It was an enjoyable read. Great blend of history and fiction!
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