Leaving England to sail to Australia in 1939 was a 5-week journey by ship. When Lily, a participant in a program that pays her way if she serves as a lady’s maid for several years in Australia, she gets more than she bargained for. She’s tourist class but manages to make friends not only with those seated with her at meals, but a shady couple from the first-class deck. There’s an interesting group of people on board, including a group of Jews leaving Europe and Italian women going to join their husbands. I enjoyed the details of what sailing was like before World War II as much as I enjoyed the story. Nothing wrong with the story, it was entertaining, and gave a look into a pre-WWII world I knew little about.

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