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Terns of Endearment by Donna Andrews
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it was amazing

While I have always believed there is no such thing as a bad cruise, this book has proved me wrong.
Meg's grandfather, Dr. J. Montgomery Blake, has been hired by the budget cruiseline Pastime to give educational speeches while on his way to Bermuda to film a documentary. However, when the company offered an extremely generous discount for any family or friends wishing to accompany him, they did not expect 12 of the clan to take them up on their offer.

After only one happy day on board ship, Meg wakes up during the night and finds that the engines are quiet. Why are they stopped in the middle of nowhere? In the morning they find the personal belongings of an obnoxious writer on deck, along with a suicide note. From there things start to go even further downhill. There is no power. Food is going bad and temperature is in the humid 90's. The crew have mysteriously disappeared and the passengers, organized by the ever efficient Meg and her family. have taken over the cleaning of the ship and feeding of the passengers. The captain has been drinking and it would appear that he has not notified the Coast Guard of their problems.

Meg becomes friendly with a group of 4 female writers, who are mourning the suicide death of their friend and fellow writer. After hearing their story, Meg's physician father thinks the death may not have been suicide.

Meg Langslow has always been my hero. No matter what happens, she and her family can get things done. When one of the writers says that she needs to talk to a doctor or crime scene specialist so she can write a difficult scene in her book, Meg introduces the writer to her doctor and medical examiner father. If she needs further help, she will call in her crime scene investigator cousin. When another new friend needs to power her computer, Meg summons her brother's girlfriend, who just happens to be testing solar powered chargers on the sun deck. A third writer is having trouble writing a chapter involving sword play. She is shocked to find that Meg's husband, a former television idol of hers, is on board and teaches a class on swordplay at the college where he works. No matter what the problem, there is an expert in Meg's family who can make the problem go away.

While this book is not destined to become a literary classic, it is a fun read for fans of cruising and of capable Meg and her always entertaining family.
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Reading Progress

September 7, 2019 – Started Reading
September 7, 2019 – Shelved
September 8, 2019 – Finished Reading

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