As if to reassure us that all British TV is not on the Masterpiece Theater level, here's a novel ""based on scripts"" from a BBC-TV series--which is apparently England's answer to The Love Boat. The heroine is Kate Laker, youngish widow/divorcÃ‰e (once each), and the new Chief Purser on board a Triangle Co. luxury liner, a ""West End hotel floating in the middle of the North Sea!"" Kate's big secret, which soon surfaces: she's the estranged, loathing stockholder-daughter of the Triangle tycoon--who's in the midst of deciding whether to turn this passenger liner into a freight ship. Feuds and power-struggles about this decision pop up throughout, then. Meanwhile, soap-opera plotlets proliferate. Among the crew is Kate's estranged stepson, whose secret homosexuality emerges (to his fiancÃ‰e's distress). The Captain's marriage has broken up. Another officer's wife is killed in a car-accident. There are skeletons in assorted closets, a jewel thief, a retarded stowaway, blooming romances (the Captain and the lounge singer, a recovered alcoholic), a suicide attempt, etc. And Kate herself, mistrustful of men, will eventually fall for engineer Matt (at first she thinks he's a crass womanizer); she will also, after her father dies, come into a Triangle Line partnership. Seagoing shlock, episodic and dull--without Love Boat's laugh-track, glitter, or guest stars.
Pub Date: March 21, 1984
Page Count: -
Publisher: Parkwest (P.O. Box A-10, Cathedral Station, New York, NY 10025)