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   Successful bussiness man, Nick Burnham is trapped in a marriage with a woman who is continually unfaithful. In order to keep his relationship with his son, Nick knows that he has no other option but to remain married to his wife regardless of her wandering eye.
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   On a voyage aboard the Normandie, Nick meets Liane De Villiers, wife of the French Ambassador to the U.S. Unhappy with his own marriage, Nick admires the relationship that Liane has with her husband and soon develops a connection with her in which he is able to share his experiences. The two become friends during the Normandie's journey but part ways after they arrive in France.
In spite of the fears from news about Hitler's actions in Europe, both Nick and Liane have plans with their families to remain in France for long periods of time. Within a year of their arrival, tensions in Europe continue to build until England officially declares war. The beginning of World War II leads to both Nick and Liane's secret departure on a fishing boat headed for the U.S.
During their time together on the boat, Nick a Liane are caught up in a passionate love affair. When the voyage is over, they once again part ways knowing that they cannot continue their relationship.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Conflict:    -   War, WW II Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   warship

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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