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The Captain's Daughter by Leah Fleming
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The Captain's Daughter (edition 2012)

by Leah Fleming (Author)

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Title:The Captain's Daughter
Authors:Leah Fleming (Author)
Info:Simon & Schuster Ltd (2012), 576 pages
Collections:2018, Your library, Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:historical fiction, Titanic. friendship, secrets, baby

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Really enjoyed this. Glued to it. ( )
  teedee_m | Aug 25, 2017 |
I only grabbed this book because it was about the Titanic, but the ship had sunk by the time I had reached page 50! The rest of the book was about the consequences of one woman's decision that fateful night. I am not a fan of family sagas, I find them tedious, and after moving through three generations I was glad to finally reach the end. Thankfully, the chapters were short so it was fairly easy to plough through nearly 600 pages. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
This is not a book about the Titanic, however the sinking is the starting point for a story following the lives of several survivors. May Smith loses her husband and baby daughter in the disaster, but in the lifeboat is handed another infant and she passes her off as her daughter Ellen. In the same lifeboat is also first-class passenger Celestine, who, after the tragedy, finds the courage to eventually leave her abusive husband. May and Celestine form an unlikely and lifelong friendship, as the book follows their lives and that of their children, until Ellen finally finds her true identity in 1959. This could have been a very good story, and I actually kept on reading because I wanted to find out what would happen to the characters. Unfortunately, the writing didn't work for me, it felt rather stiff and stilted and didn't convey a sense of time and place. ( )
  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
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The secrets in a woman's heart are deeper than the ocean...For May Smith, travelling with her husband and baby girl Ellen, stepping foot on the Titanic marks the start of an incredible journey, one which is destined to take her from the back streets of Bolton to the land of opportunity: the United States. But when the 'unsinkable' Titanic hits an iceberg one cold dark night, May's dreams are instantly shattered. Jumping from the sinking ship at the last minute, May loses sight of Joe and Ellen. Distraught, she is pulled into a lifeboat. Minutes later, the real-life Captain Smith swims to the lifeboat and hands May a baby swaddled in blankets. Beside herself, and in virtual darkness, May believes the baby to be Ellen. This rescue is witnessed by fellow survivor, Celeste Parkes, married to an American industrialist who is on her way back to Ohio after her mother's funeral. In horror, they both watch the death throes of the mighty ship; May traumatised, knowing her husband has drowned, Celeste wishing her bully of a husband had been on board and out of her life. As the dawn comes up, and the two women are rescued by the Carpathia, a friendship is formed, one which is destined to transcend the Atlantic and social differences between them and last a lifetime. Then May makes a shocking discovery and a split-second decision which will change the lives of so many.

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The secrets in a woman's heart are deeper than the ocean. For May Smith, travelling with her husband and baby girl Ellen, stepping foot on the Titanic marks the start of an incredible journey, one which is destined to take her from the back streets of Bolton to the land of opportunity: the United States.… (more)

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