Down And Out in Manhattan

Down And Out in Manhattan


Irene Magers

Publication Date: 

Nov 2011






  • Fiction


  • contemporary

Down And Out in Manhattan is a story of life-changing decisions and second chances. When Margaret Maghpye, single and living in Manhattan, is fired from her job, she decides to take an uncharacteristic chance. With the thought of facing another painful holiday season, she exhausts her savings on a Mexican cruise, hoping it will lift her spirits. Having spent her scarred, young adult life making all the wrong choices, at first blush, this seems to be just another mistake of a lonely dreamer.

As she struggles to survive shipboard intrigue and entrapment, there’s a bright spot when she befriends a fellow passenger, Michael Sanders – a mysterious recluse with plenty of reasons to keep to himself. But, having felt the sting of heartbreak time and again, Maggie may not be ready to embark on another relationship. When Michael must leave the ship to assist in an emergency, she wonders if their friendship will endure the distance between them, particularly when she encounters trouble of her own.


Endorsements for Down And Out in Manhattan

(Formerly released under the title, Cruise Ship Diaries)

Down And Out in Manhattan remains eventful with twists and turns all the way to the end. A well-told narrative of personal growth and reflection where one must never give up hope.
Tami Zimmerman, Editor, Eagle Bulletin, New York

The scene is set for an exotic cruise to Mexico, and the focus is on those older than 40, and their fun and games. The descriptions of passengers, crew and scenery entice the reader to pack a trunk or two as there’s lots of entertainment on and off the ship - with a couple of mysteries thrown in.
Romantic Times Book Reviews

Irene Magers provides a delightful and charming contemporary with quite a stunning message.
Harriet Klausner, #1 reviewer on

A leap of faith is sometimes forever worth it. Down And Out in Manhattan follows a woman with the world thrown at her as she embarks on a post-termination escapade to find something to love about life. On a Mexican cruise, she finds someone to call friend. But whether it is a few days of friendship or something more is something she cannot yet determine. Down And Out in Manhattan is a riveting read with plenty to consider, highly recommended.
Midwest Book Review