The Captain's Daughter by Meg Mitchell Moore

The Captain's Daughter

For fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Emma Straub comes an emotionally gripping novel about a woman who returns to her hometown in coastal Maine and finds herself pondering the age-old question of what could have been.Growing up in Little Harbor, Maine, the daughter of a widowed lobsterman, Eliza Barnes could haul a trap and row a skiff with the best of them. But she always knew she'd leave that life behind. Now that she's married, with two kids and a...

Details The Captain's Daughter

TitleThe Captain's Daughter
Release DateJul 18th, 2017
PublisherDoubleday Books
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Reviews The Captain's Daughter

  • Elyse Walters
    This is the 2nd book Ive read by Meg Mitchell Moore...MMM....I still remember details upon details that I enjoyed from the Audiobook of MMMs novel, The Admissions...I enjoy the contemporary issues that Moore raises in her books....the complexities...the depths of family life - truths - choices - love in the many ways its manifested. In both books Ive read ... the characters are very relatable. The issues worth thinking about. This was another pag...
  • Sarah Joint
    This is women's fiction how I like it: no instant love between characters who just met, simply an emotional and lovely read. I really enjoyed it and while I didn't connect with all of the characters and there were moments that left me scratching my head, it's worth a read. The author goes into great detail about life both in the small hometown of the main character and considerably more affluent town she lives in now. She makes you feel like you'...
  • Jennifer
    This could have been called "Despicable Me," except that title has already been claimed.While I enjoyed Moore's last novel, "The Admissions," this book is something else all together. I found it hard to connect with most of the characters, as their actions belied common sense. Several plot points seemed contrived (a character on death's door shows up out of the blue for a Clint Eastwood "Go ahead. Make my day" moment, among one of several head-sc...
  • Jennifer
    In The Captain's Daughter, author Meg Mitchell Moore presents a female lead: Eliza who marries into a very different lifestyle that the one she was raised. Now, years later, during a trip back home she wonders what her life would have looked like had she remained a small-town girl. There are a ton of characters in this book and in my opinion, Ms. Moore was heavy-handed in her character development (I know, I know, authors can't get a break can th...
  • Amy
    All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.comAre you guys going to kill me if I add yet another book to your summer reading list? Im going to assume youre all like me and add new books to your TBR daily, so naturally youll be happy to add another book. Whats one more anyway?! Meg Mitchell Moore is a new to me author and I really had no idea what to expect when I picked up The Captains Daughter, but if pushed I wouldve said that I was expe...
  • mindful.librarian ☀️
    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 ve...
  • Jennifer
    I really enjoyed reading this sweet summer book. Being from New England, I loved all the local references. To me, Maine is the perfect place to be in the summer.
  • Eileen
    While this was a story of troubled people dealing with real challenges, the novel wasnt dark. Nor was it chick lit or a frothy beach read. Set on the picturesque coast of Maine where the background was very much a part of things, The Captains Daughter was almost instantly engaging. I could smell the salt air and see the sunsets, but then New England has always been close to my heart! The quaintness of the old fishing town, the quirkiness of the f...
  • Eileen Goudge
    Heartwarming and Well-written I really enjoyed this novel. The author deftly weaves together multiple storylines in a tapestry thats richly realized and full of heart. Heartwarming and Well-written I really enjoyed this novel. The author deftly weaves together multiple storylines in a tapestry that’s richly realized and full of heart.
  • Alison Smith
    I read the reviews for this book before I picked it up, but I didn't pay them much attention. "Be nice!" I thought. "It can't be THAT bad!" I thought.WRONG.The idea behind the plot is a good one, and I was interested to see how it went. But the characters were so one-dimensional and underdeveloped that I couldn't really enjoy the story. The actions were disconnected and too jumpy; for example, one chapter ended with a fall and the world going bla...
  • Jasmine Dale
    Read this for a buddy read. It wasn't horrible but there was nothing great about it. All the issues were touched on pretty superficially. Just nothing significant.
  • Cindy Roesel
    Its often said that we leave the best for last. But BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2017 has had the best of the best novels all summer. As we near Labor Day and the end of our visits to the beach and pool, we still have another fabulous seashore novel to share.A woman ponders the age old question: what could have been?In Meg Mitchell Moores, new novel, THE CAPTAINS DAUGHTER (Doubleday), Eliza Barnes returns to the small Maine town she left...
  • Patty
    The Captain's DaughterByMeg Mitchell MooreWhat it's all about...This book is about Eliza and her family. A bit of background about Eliza...her mom died way too early, she grew up in Maine with her gruff lobsterman father and she escaped what could have been a life changing early experience with her high school boyfriend. She has a husband and two daughters whom she adores. Summer has just's filled with club lunches...
  • Lorraine0528
    This book was good, but not great. About half way through I wondered where it was going. I liked the way it ended because it tied up all the loose ends. There were a couple of controversial issues in this book that were kind of glossed over and would have been interesting for the author to explore. Still, it was worth reading.
  • Chanele
    I liked this book, but there were quite a few aspects of it that bothered me too much to say that I really liked it. It was an easy read, and the characters did manage to pull me in as the story progressed. That said, the book rubbed me the wrong way in two areas.First, this book was obnoxiously elitist. It was almost like an inside joke how many times the author could drop the Ivy League or Brown into the story. It was impossible to forget that ...
  • Nicole
    For the most part, this book was just ok. It was a story I was interested in, however, I felt like it was lacking somehow, even though I cannot say exactly how. The last quarter of the book improved for me somewhat, but I was still left feeling cheated.
  • Donna Hines
    Emotionally gripping, dangerously exhilarating, powerful beyond all words.How often we've found ourselves torn between being caretakers and trying to find our own place in life?When life forces us to slow down by pressing the pause button and giving us something to think about such as being diagnosed with terminable brain cancer we realize just how precious time is and how valuable a commodity.In a way you can say we all are "captains" of our own...
  • Donna McCaul Thibodeau
    This is the story of Eliza Barnes. She came from a humble background. Her mother died when she was twelve and her father was a lobster fisherman. Eliza put herself through college and she married up, to Rob Barnes. She is living the typical country club lifestyle when she has to go back to Maine after her father injures himself in a boating accident. Her two worlds collide and she has to make some hard choices. This is a typical story of a woman ...
  • Debbie
    Eliza ... The Captain's Daughter. Lost her mom at a young age. Her dad was a lobster boat "captain". She came from humble beginnings. She attended med school for a couple years, but never finished. She's married ... married well (country club well) and has two kids. Life is good and cushy and comfortable.Then her dad falls ill. She goes home to be with him. Learns it is aggressive brain cancer, but he is refusing treatment. She is torn - needed w...
  • Lisa
    An enjoyable read about a family with Eliza at its center. She returns to her hometown in Maine to take care of her father. She struggles with reconciling the two parts of herself - the one who grew up with a single parent who was a lobsterman, and the one who married into money.
  • Denise
    Boring - nothing happens!
  • Rachel
    I flew through the pages of this book. This was an outstanding story. A lobsterman's daughter has to go back to her roots when her father gets injured on the job, and ends up having to stay to help for reasons she only realizes when she gets there. If you like the writings of Jane Green, Billie Letts, or Karma Brown, I think you would enjoy this book.
  • Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    I really can't even express my love for this book. I had been sitting on it for a while and then saw Elin Hildebrand recommend it on FB so I decided to pick it up. I'm so glad I did. There was not one character that I couldn't relate to in some way. Eliza dealing with family struggles, Mary with a precarious situation and bad relationship, Rob with social and financial pressures. I can't say enough good things about this one. This is my first of ...
  • Michelle
    Beautifully written with realistic characters. They arent perfect, they are flawed and they make questionable choices but they are still good people.Eliza is the daughter of a lobster man.Her mom died when she was young.Her dad raised her alone and Eliza grew up with little money.When she had a chance to leave town for college, she took it. She never went back home except for visiting.Now she is married, with two children of her own and a loving ...
  • Carmel
    I only read this book because an author I love recommending it. The book was slow and more like a Hallmark movie. I would not recommend this book.
  • Lea Grady
    Run of the mill, plotless, "sort" of boring book. Lots of words about nothing. Shallow. However, only thing noteworthy (and not in a good way) on the recorded version I listened to was how the narrator decided to interpret the voices of the characters, particularly her impression of Charlie (the captain) who she positively made sound like the poltergeist. She also forgot her other characters voices on occasion and poltergeisted an elderly lady na...
  • Debbie
    This was an entertaining read of adults with children rehashing their lives and wondering if they made a mistake in their earlier choices in life.The book deals with marriage, children, parents, ailing parents, and what could have been as well as dealing with issues on a daily basis in their lives.I enjoyed reading this book.Thanks to Doubleday Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
  • Kathy
    I started this right after reading Moore's So Far Away. I didn't get very far, small town, tall, skinny girl, misfit. Then I was finished.
  • Sara Hill
    Review can also be found on my blog or I loved about The Captain's Daughter by Meg Mitchell Moore is how realistic it is. It is not a story you would create in your mind daydreaming but more formed by life experiences. In some ways, this was enjoyable because it felt like I was walking through friends in times of need. In other ways, it was a slight let down because most times I read...
  • Flavia
    This is a pleasant light hearted read, although I detected a morality/rigidity that was disconcerting to me and ultimately undefined and carried through. The novel fluctuates from a number of characters pov but they all circle Elizas plight. Moores characters arent particularly well rounded or empathetic but the story provokes lots of food for thought. This is a novel predominately about motherhood (or rather about mother-daughter relationships):...