#6Degrees of Separation From The Snow Child to The Buccaneers

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It’s the first Saturday of the month which means it’s time for 6 Degrees of Separation!

Here’s how it works: a book is chosen as a starting point by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best and linked to six other books to form a chain. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book.

Kate says: Books can be linked in obvious ways – for example, books by the same authors, from the same era or genre, or books with similar themes or settings. Or, you may choose to link them in more personal or esoteric ways: books you read on the same holiday, books given to you by a particular friend, books that remind you of a particular time in your life, or books you read for an online challenge. Join in by posting your own six degrees chain on your blog and adding the link in the comments section of each month’s post.   You can also check out links to posts on Twitter using the hashtag #6Degrees.


This month’s starting book is The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.  For once it’s a book I’ve actually read, even if it was back in 2017. Recently arrived in Alaska, Jack and Mabel build a child out of snow. The next morning, the snow child is gone but they see a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. Is she a real girl or has the snow girl come to life?

An air of the supernatural also runs through The Night Ship by Jess Kidd in which connections emerge between the lives of two children, Mayken and Gil, despite their being separated by over three hundred years. The author places Mayken onboard the Batavia which sank in 1629 off the coast of western Australia.

Another book which depicts the events of a maritime disaster is Every Man For Himself by Beryl Bainbridge which tells the story of the sinking of the Titanic in April 1912.

A voyage on another luxury liner, the Queen Mary, features in Three Words for Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb. Estranged sisters Clara and Madeleine Sommers travel from New York to Europe to fulfill their grandmother’s dying wish by delivering three letters to people she hasn’t seen for forty years.

In Ghosts of the West by Alec Marsh, Sir Percival Harris and Professor Ernest Drabble’s investigation into the theft of artefacts from the British Museum sees them take a voyage across the Atlantic in the company of the cast of a Wild West Show.

The Million Dollar Duchesses by Julie Ferry (which was previously published under the title The Transatlantic Marriage Bureau) chronicles the events of a single year – 1895 – in which a number of transatlantic marriages took place between wealthy American heiresses and not so wealthy but titled British aristocrats.

The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton (unfinished at the time of her death) replays this story in fictional form. Sisters Nan and Jinny St George are members of the new Wall Street monied class but find themselves excluded from upper echelons of New York society. Therefore they are launched by their governess on an unsuspecting British aristocracy who appreciate the money that New York’s nouveaux riches bring.

My chain has taken me on a voyage of discovery. Where did your chain take you?

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14 thoughts on “#6Degrees of Separation From The Snow Child to The Buccaneers

  1. Interesting how we make that first link and it often becomes an underlying theme for the rest of our chain. Too bad Wharton didn’t finish that book. I’d still like to read it, though.

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  2. I wasn’t a huge fan of The Night Ship, which is the only book I’ve read in your chain. I’m always slightly mistrustful of books with two authors. How did that pan out in Three Words for Goodbye? An interesting chain as ever. Thanks!

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    1. I don’t think I would have noticed Three Words for Goodbye had two authors if it had’t stated it on the cover. It was seamless as far as I was concerned. I think it probably depends on whether the authors write the same kind of book or have similar styles. I do often wonder why very successful authors feel the need to team up with another author. Perhaps they’re not the one who came up with the story idea?

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  3. Great chain. I loved The Snow Child and The Night Ship! I would be interested in reading Three Words for Goodbye – I’ve enjoyed other books by Hazel Gaynor but haven’t read anything by Heather Webb.

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  4. I loved Every Man for Himself. Bainbridge constructed a wonderful mystery based on human nature and intrigue.
    Although I’ve read a few by Wharton, I haven’t read The Buccaneers and I had no idea it was based on an actual social practice. I want to read The Million Dollar Duchesses now!

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