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The Girl on the Ferry [Kindle Edition]

J. D. Reid
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The “Girl on the Ferry” will make you smile, sometimes laugh aloud, and occasionally suppress a tear or two. The main character and narrator is 97-year-old Freya Anna Bergman who is madly but secretly in love with her best friend Leslie. Unfortunately, Leslie fell in love with Marshall shattering Freya’s world. That's not the end of it, however; far from it.

It is now a lifetime later and Freya has been commissioned by the family to write the early history of her friends Leslie and Marshall Davenport. The novel becomes a first person revelation of Freya’s love for Leslie quickly revealing the fact that one of the greatest tragedies of her life was when Marshall picked Leslie out of the crowd aboard the Wolfe Island Ferry that very bright July morning so long ago. Freya is sometimes cynical but always intriguing. She is compassionate and loving but with attitude. She talks about everything, from love, to sex, to birth and death, often digressing but always returning to the subject of her love for Leslie and the family that grew up around the three of them. It is all very entertaining. Freya is a character and someone you will come to love, just as you will come to love Leslie and Marshall and the children. "The Girl on the Ferry" is not so much about a lesbian love affair than about love - love of the purest kind.

In the end, "The Girl on the Ferry" is often humorous and just as often poignant. It is a great read.

Version 2.0 addresses a number of editing issues.

Product Details

  • File Size: 951 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Wolfe Island Press; 2.0 edition (December 14, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A story of multifaceted love told very well! November 11, 2012
By DonF
Format:Kindle Edition
This book definitely makes for an interesting and enjoyable read. Without giving away too much of the plot, I especially liked the use of Freya as a behind-the-scenes agent whose impact was to cement Leslie's and Marshall's love affair (although that was not her intention!), and the author utilizes an interesting 'time warp' effect in relating the story of these intriguing characters. I must admit that as I was reading I was waiting for some sort of huge climactic event -- a car crash that kills the lovers, or one of them is diagnosed with cancer and the heroic battle that might follow -- but realized at the end that these 'special effects' were not required. It is a story of multifaceted love told very well, and does not need a hit to the solar plexus to make it work.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl on The Ferry November 11, 2012
By jodom
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I thoroughly enjoyed The Girl on the Ferry. I found myself not wanting the book to end. Freya, Leslie and Marshall are strong characters with a poignant story. We could all use a friend like Leslie and Marshall and it is their story told from the eyes of Frey with so much insight, love and respect. It is a heartening story about good people. I loved every page. Well done, Mr. Reid. I will be waiting eagerly for his next novel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be disappointed November 12, 2012
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Took me by surprise, right from the publisher's note. Call me sentimental or a romantic, whatever, I enjoyed this. I thought it was creative...I loved the sense of the old lady narrating the story, very Titanic-esque. I agree with plr1's comments, it's nice to read something good from a new author not the usual John Grisham. I look forward to the next. Support this guy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I can only imagine that this is a self-published book. The characters are interesting and their stories, when you get to read about them, are engaging. But the writing has so many out-and-out mistakes that I found those mistakes to be a significant distraction when reading. The author, Reid, does a bit of a cop-out (?) when he has the female narrator begin to "dictate" the story to a male assistant. She apologizes if the narration changes to a male voice. Perhaps sustaining the voice of the 94-year-old female narrator was just too difficult for Reid? If you want an interesting story, infused with tangents, and you don't mind grammar and spelling errors, you might enjoy this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JD Reid's most intimate book yet November 21, 2012
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I stumbled upon this book by chance and got drawn in by the cover artwork (did anyone else get surprised by the hidden face of a woman which appears in the right light?). It ended up being a convincing and compelling story....genuinely moving....makes one re-examine your own life friendships. A great book by a new author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great JD Reid story November 12, 2012
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I have read several of Reid's short stories and was happy to see that he had written a new, longer piece of fiction. I was not disappointed. The longer medium really allowed Reid to expand on his characterization and plot points. The perspective from which the story is written is unique which is quite a bonus. I really like this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars three's a crowd sometimes isn't true November 10, 2012
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So I belong to this book club, and we read the Girl on the Ferry by JD Reid. (I like his books and the kindle format. ) Anyway, its a compelling love story between Leslie and Marshall, as told by Leslie's jealous and frustrated best friend, Freya. Unlike the rest of the club, I found her a little tough to get used to but really liked the style of the book after Freya's Forward. All told, great characters great story, well done JD Reid.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read November 13, 2012
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This is an interesting and entertaining read involving a unique love triangle along with a unique method of relating it. Freya is quite a character who's insights are thoughtful even if a bit prickly at times. Bottom line: A tale with love, heartbreak, compassion and acceptance that could serve as a moral template in today's world. Reid's best work yet!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A bit saccharine in my opinion...but pleasant enough.
Published 6 months ago by Jessica F. Munro
4.0 out of 5 stars charming read
This wonderful story do three friends starts out slowly, makes you wonder where it is going. But by the middle of the story, it begins to get very interesting and lovely feeling. Read more
Published 15 months ago by anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Story
JD Reid spins a wonderful story of the life long relationship that develops between three people, the result of a hap stance meeting on the Wolf Island ferry. Read more
Published 16 months ago by RDMcDivit
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
This is a love story, but definitely not a formula romance, though there is much that is romantic in it. Read more
Published on May 26, 2013 by Jan Hull
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit slow
Got a bored halfway through although I do like the style of writing. It just didn't feel as if it was going anywhere.
Published on May 19, 2013 by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars The best read I have had in years
I am totally fascinated by the talent of J.D.Reid. Today I read every one of the stories he has written and offered for free on Amazon; I could not put them down. Read more
Published on March 17, 2013 by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl on the Ferry
This novel has an unusual premise in telling the story of Leslie and Marshall in the context of a memoir that has been annotated by their lifelong friend Freya, now an elderly... Read more
Published on February 17, 2013 by D290
3.0 out of 5 stars The Girl on the Ferry
Interesting story concept and writing style, but a bit long-winded. At times I was tempted to give up on it because of Freya's long, sometimes boring, dialogue.
Published on December 5, 2012 by Sharon Marshall
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j. d. Reid lives an ageless but eclectic lifestyle immersed in isolation, beautiful views, dark skies, and a deep passion to write. He likes music, art, English literature, astronomy, paleontology, anthropology, entomology, geology, even religion, but finds the human mind and heart the most interesting of all. He has holed himself up on an island where the Great Lakes merge into the St Lawrence River to see what happens. He is a Canadian and a proud American. He has English roots, some Scottish peat in his blood, and even a tingle of the Irish. He has a lot of good stories in him.

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