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The Captain’s Daughter by Meg Mitchell Moore Book Review & Giveaway

If anyone would like to escape to a quaint9780385541251_0df2c.jpg, picturesque coastal town in Maine for a while, then this is the book for you. Having stayed on a lobster wharf in a tiny little Maine town myself, this brought back great memories, as well as the strong yearning to visit again. There’s nothing quite like the crisp breeze and refreshingly clean smell of the ocean in Maine.

The Captain’s Daughter by Meg Mitchell Moore (published by Doubleday) releases on July 18, 2017. Eliza Barnes grew up in Little Harbor, Maine, a lobstering village that she was very eager to leave as soon as possible. Now married to her college boyfriend with two daughters, Eliza spends her time with other country club wives, sharing gossip and commiserating on the frustrations and woes of their high-society daily lives. Despite the years she has made a life in Boston, Eliza often feels like she is on the outside of the group, looking in, and that she doesn’t really belong in her current situation. Her lavishly wealthy mother-in-law, Judith, causes Eliza to feel even more like an outsider.

It appears that Eliza and Rob are happily-married, but Rob spends most of his time supervising contractor job sites of multi-million dollar homes and daydreaming on his pride and joy, a boat which is the most expensive, fanciest one in the harbor.

Eliza is forced to take a break from her life as she knows it when she receives an out-of-the-blue call from her ex and first love, Russell, with news that her father had an accident while out checking lobster traps on the Joanie B.  Eliza’s mother passed away from cancer when she was very young, which left Charlie and her mother’s best friend, Val, to raise Eliza. A hard worker, and never one to complain, Charlie getting hurt and calling the Coast Guard for help has Eliza more than a little concerned for her father’s health. Eliza drops everything and heads to Little Harbor, thinking she’ll be there for a few days, no sweat. However, when she arrives and realizes what is really going on with Charlie, it’s not going to be so easy leaving “home” again. When she was a teen, she couldn’t wait to leave Little Harbor, where everyone knew her business, but now that she is back, she realizes many of the things she missed over the years. To complicate matters, she is back on Russell’s home turf, and they were not on the best of terms when she left town years ago. Already on an emotional rollercoaster with her father, Eliza’s feelings for Russell and the secret they share from the past are brought to the surface once again. Now she finds herself wondering what could have been, if she had made a different choice so many years ago. Did she make a mistake? Can she make things right after all these years?

This novel has a little bit of everything for readers to enjoy. Strong themes of family, parenting, marriage, friendship, love, and forgiveness blend together in a beautiful tale about loving, losing, and finding the strength to keep living. It’s a perfect summer novel for those wanting to read something set near the beach. The story is intriguing and the descriptions of the setting are at times breathtaking, transporting the reader right into the lobster boat with Eliza or in the coffee shop with young Mary. I highly recommend this novel by Meg Mitchell Moore and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Many thanks to Doubleday for allowing me to giveaway some hardcover copies of The Captain’s Daughter. To be entered to win one of 3 copies, post a comment below. Winners will be chosen at random on 7/31/17 and notified by email. Good luck!

35 thoughts on “The Captain’s Daughter by Meg Mitchell Moore Book Review & Giveaway

  1. Hello Laura, I stayed in a beautiful lobstering town in Maine decades ago, so the setting of this book resonates with my memories. It sounds a perfect summer read! Great review 🙂

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  2. This book would push a trip to Maine closer to the top of my bucket list! I need some ocean breezes and fresh fish! Love your reviews and my bookshelf needs a beach book!😉

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  3. Visited Maine for the first time last year and loved it. My favorite books are set in quaint New England towns, being from one myself. Haven’t read this author yet, but would love to!

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  4. Oh to drift away to Maine this summer. I’m home with a broken arm with nerve damage and reading everything I can about the coast. Please make a little sunshine come my way as one of your three selected for The Captain’s Daughter.

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      1. Thank you for your kindness. It’s been a horrific journey and hope for good healing with time.


  5. Hi Laura! I just found your blog and I’m going to start following. I have lived on Nantucket and miss it dearly! Next May I’m planning to travel to Maine with my family (graduation) and I’m so looking forward to it! I Hope it’s not too late to put in a entry for the contest, I would love to take this title to the beach with me in a couple weeks!

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      1. I went to Nantucket for the first time 2 weeks ago-it was great! I had to go to the Chicken Box for a drink because of reading the Identicals!

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  6. I would love to read The Captain’s Daughter. It sounds like the perfect beach read. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of the book.

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  7. I would love to read The Captains Daughter! I read the introduction to it and it sounds so interesting! I have read all of Elin Hilderbrand’s books! This one sounds as wonderful as her books. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

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