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When Eliza Barnes was growing up in the lobstering village of Little Harbor, Maine, she could haul a trap and row a skiff with the best of them—but she’d always known she’d leave that life behind. Now she’s settled in the high-society circle of an affluent Massachusetts town with her husband and two daughters. But when her father—a widowed lobsterman—injures himself in a boating accident, Eliza returns to her hometown to come to his aid.
When she arrives in Maine, she discovers her father’s situation is more dire than he let on. Her homecoming is further complicated by the reemergence of her first love—and the repercussions of their shared secret. Then Eliza meets Mary Brown, a seventeen-year-old local who is at a crossroad of her own, and Eliza can’t help but wonder what her life would have been like if she'd stayed. By turns poignant, incisive, and laugh-out-loud funny, The Captain’s Daughter is an unforgettable novel about the choices we make and the consequences we face in their wake.
About the Author
Meg Mitchell Moore is the author of the novels The Admissions, The Arrivals, and So Far Away. She worked for several years as a journalist for a variety of publications. She lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with her husband and three daughters.
“Emotionally gripping. . . . Filled with humor, insight, summer cocktails, and gorgeous sunsets . . . has the warm, easy vibrancy of an ideal summer read.” —Redbook
“Absolutely superlative work from one of my own favorite writers.” —Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Identicals
“Don't miss this heartfelt story about paths not taken.” —People
“A gorgeous exploration of finding yourself in your roots. . . . Will warm your heart.” —Brit + Co
“Brimming with humor, heartfelt prose, and Summer vibes.” —Popsugar
“[A] heartwarming read.” —Today.com
“The Captain's Daughter once again proves Meg Mitchell Moore an author who can effortlessly evoke a flurry of emotions on a single page. . . . Full of charm and heart . . . an absolute delight to read!” —Karma Brown, author of Come Away With Me and The Choices We Make
“Moore has once again mastered the intricacies of family and love with her sharp wit, gentle heart, keen sense of place, and remarkable insight into human nature.”
—Sere Prince Halverson, author of The Underside of Joy
“Start The Captain’s Daughter for its spot-on dialogue and breathtaking descriptions of summer in Maine; stay for a whip-smart story brimming with emotional insight. . . . [A] warm, layered, and utterly captivating family saga.” —Camille Pagán, author of Life and Other Near-Death Experiences
“Moving. . . . Moore continues to show off her tight storytelling skills with her latest.” —Publishers Weekly
“Moore’s character study shows a family at a turning point—one that could fall apart as easily as it could come closer together. With excellent dialogue and a charming coastal setting, there is plenty here to appeal to lovers of family drama.” —Booklist