Seven Days in May: A Novel
For readers of Kate Williams, Beatriz Williams and Jennifer Robson, a captivating novel of love and resilience during the Great War, inspired by the author’s family history.
As the First World War rages in continental Europe, two New York heiresses, Sydney and Brooke Sinclair, are due to set sail for England. Brooke is engaged to marry impoverished aristocrat Edward Thorpe-Tracey, the future Lord Northbrook, in the wedding of the social calendar. Sydney has other adventures in mind; she is drawn to the burgeoning suffragette movement, which is a constant source of embarrassment to her proper sister. As international tempers flare, the German embassy releases a warning that any ships making the Atlantic crossing are at risk. Undaunted, Sydney and Brooke board the Lusitania for the seven-day voyage with Edward, not knowing that disaster lies ahead.
In London, Isabel Nelson, a young woman grateful to have escaped her blemished reputation in Oxford, has found employment at the British Admiralty in the mysterious Room 40. While she begins as a secretary, it isn’t long before her skills in codes and cyphers are called on, and she learns a devastating truth and the true cost of war.
As the days of the voyage pass, these four lives collide in a struggle for survival as the Lusitania meets its deadly fate.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JanaRose1 - LibraryThing
This novel follows the lives of three individuals during WWI. Isabel works in London, decoding hidden German messages. Edward, a poor English lord travels to the U.S. to escort his bride, Brooke, home ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing
The last voyage of the Lusitania is brought vividly to life in this novel that traces the intertwining lives of a few passengers and a British spy monitoring U-boats. I loved the character of Sydney ... Read full review