Thursday, February 08, 2024



The Nazi’s have taken over more areas of Germany, and so many families have been ripped apart.  Sophie Weiss is among the many that have lost everything.  Her only hope for survival is to escape and leave behind the homeland she once knew and loved.  She boards the SS St Louis destined for a bright future and a safer place to live.  While on board she meets fellow Jewish refugees and immediately befriends Rosa, Hannah and Rachel.  Then their worst fears surface when the SS St Louis is refused entry to the port.  Their fear is that if they can’t dock then they will be sent back to Germany.  Then Sophia finally receives news that a friend of her father’s will take her in, but she is the only one.  Sophia is devastated and heart broken knowing that she has to send her new friends back.  Hidden in the lining of her coat is a beautiful emerald that belonged to her late mother.  She gives each of the girls a piece of the beautiful gem with the promise to each other that they will meet in Paris as soon as the war comes to an end.

The Girl on the Boat written by author Kate Hewitt is a  phenomenal a novel.  I am a huge fan of author Kate Hewitt as she is an auto-buy author for me.  I loved the storyline and especially Sophia.  She had such a big heart and compassion for strangers that were in the same situation.  Rosa, Hannah and Rachel were equally lovable, they were so young and trusting of Sophia.  I was heartbroken and yet I was encouraged by the hope that they all had, the hope of the War ending and the hope of a better life afterwards.  Keep the tissue box close by because you will surely need it.  This unputdownable gem of a read is definitely a favorite of mine.  I loved everything about this story from cover to cover.  I was hooked from the very first page.  I was very happy to see that this the first installment of the new Emerald Sisters Series.  I cannot wait for the next book in this series.  I highly recommend this ten star read.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Kate Hewitt
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: February 8, 2024
Pages: 405 
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Germany, 1939: “Quickly, take this emerald. This was my late mother’s gem, and it will keep you safe. And I promise, we will all meet again in Paris…” 

Sophie Weiss boards the SS St Louis, she has no reason to stay in Germany. The Nazis have taken everything from her, and her only hope is escape. But when she meets fellow Jewish refugees RosaHannah and Rachel on board, the friendship they form gives Sophie hope that there can be happiness in her future, after all.

But their worst fears are realized when the boat is refused entry at a port they thought would be safe. Terrified of being sent back to Europe, the women cling together and desperately wait for news. At last, word reaches the ship that a friend of Sophie’s father is willing to take her in — but there is only room for her.

Quickly, Sophie unpicks the lining of her coat, revealing her late mother’s emerald hidden in the lining. She hands a piece of the precious stone to each of her friends, and 
the women promise to meet in Paris when this nightmare is over.

Watching the 
SS St Louis grow smaller on the horizon, Sophie’s heart breaks. How can she embrace her freedom when those she loves face an unknown fate? And what can she do to help them? Gripping her emerald with a fierce determination, she fixes her eyes on the boat: I will find a way to help you, no matter what…


Kate Hewitt is the bestselling author of many novels of women’s fiction, including the Hartley-by-the-Sea series set in the Lake District, the Willoughby Close a series set in the Cotswolds, and Tales From Goswell written as Katharine Swartz. Her novel A Mother’s Goodbye has been called ‘unputdownable’ and ‘the most emotional book I have ever read’ by readers. Her latest novel, Not My Daughter, is out now, and No Time to Say Goodbye is available for preorder.

She lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five young(ish) children, along with their two Golden Retrievers. Join her newsletter for monthly updates and giveaways on her website, or be part of her Facebook groups Kate’s Reads.

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