The Captain’s Daughter by Meg Mitchell Moore
(Doubleday ~ July 18, 2017)
Thank you to Doubleday Books for providing me with a finished copy of this book for review – all opinions are my own.
THE CAPTAIN’S DAUGHTER is an exquisite story about motherhood, marriage, grief and being true to your roots, with much of the book being set in a gorgeous Maine fishing town. If you don’t at least THINK about crying while reading this book, I’m fairly certain we can’t be friends. It has ALL the feelings.
Moore has touched on the very deepest thoughts in a mother’s and daughter’s heart and combined them to expose just how complex modern womanhood can be. Eliza is just so incredibly real, with achingly beautiful moments and also moments in which she is fairly unlikable – just like the rest of us. As she struggles to mother her daughters while also coming to terms with her father’s failing health and her marital issues, Eliza manages to maintain grace and kindness in her interactions with her new young friend Mary as Mary becomes in desperate need of a mother figure. I loved reading about their heartfelt feelings about parenthood and childhood and was able to relate to them so so closely. Everything involving Eliza’s father Charlie made me love him so much and wish I knew him – he just jumps off the pages and is one of the most realistically written characters I have read in a long, long time.
This is a tearjerker with bright moments of humor and insight that needs to be on your bookshelf – it is a book of the ages and one that will stay with me for a long time to come.