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The Captain's Daughter Hardcover – 19 Jan 2012

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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (19 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085720341X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857203410
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After careers in teaching, catering, running a market stall, stress management courses in the NHS as well as being a mother of four, Leah Fleming found her true calling as a storyteller. She lives in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales but spends part of the year marinating her next tale from an olive grove on her favourite island of Crete.
She was short listed for the Romantic Novel of the Year in 1998 and for The People's Choice Pure Passion Award 2010 for Remembrance Day.
Her epic tales cover centuries and many generations with a strong sense of place and time. The Captain's Daughter, a Titanic drama won the 2012 Premio Roma Award for Translated Fiction. The Girl Under The Olive Tree has been translated into at least 4 languages. Her latest novel: The Postcard is out now.
Her website is where you can find out more and sign up for her newsletter.

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'I enjoyed it enormously. It's a moving and compelling story about a lifetime's journey in search of the truth. I loved, too, Leah's account of how she came to write it.' --Rachel Hore, author of The Memory Garden

About the Author

Leah Fleming was born in Lancashire and is married with three sons and a daughter. She writes from an old farmhouse in the Yorkshire Dales and an olive grove in Crete.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By P. Ashley on 27 Jan. 2012
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I really didn't want to put this book down at any point. I agreed with the first reviewer about the brilliance of the book, the believable characters and intricate weaving of the story lines, but was more than happy that the actual sinking of the Titanic was dealt with right at the start, because the book is about the aftermath: I think we have all had overkill on the actual sinking istelf.
This would make the most wonderful film or TV series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. Colbert VINE VOICE on 23 April 2012
Format: Hardcover
When the Titanic went down it changed so many lives forever and this book tells the fictional story of three families for whom the Titanic cast a long shadow throughout the generations.

We first meet May Smith, her husband Joe and baby daughter as they eagerly await the train that will take them away from the cotton mills of Bolton to Southampton to board the Titanic and begin a new life in the United States. They are C class passengers.

Celeste Parkes is in 1st class and has been attending her mother's funeral in England. She's going back home to her young son and a cruel bully of a husband in Ohio.

Their fates and an everlasting friendship is sealed on that terrible night.

As news of the Titanic's sinking reaches the world we next meet young father Angelo, an Italian, waiting in New York for the return of his wife and baby daughter...who he has never seen....but soon realises that they have perished....though he refuses to give up hope.

This sets the premise for all that is to come as the years pass and May, Celeste and Angelo all begin new lives and try to put the sinking behind them but it never really goes away.

A lovely way of moving the story along in the beginning was by the letters between May in England and Celeste in the USA and we see how the experience has changed them as people and given them more confidence to deal with the challenges that came their way.

I was totally engrossed at the start but my interest started waning about half way through, the story just didn't capture my imagination or held my attention and I didn't rush to pick it up and read on. Then as the book neared its obvious conclusion I found it engrossing again.

Overall, I enjoyed most of it and would probably read another book by Leah Fleming.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Petra "I love to read" TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Feb. 2012
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The Captain's Daughter by Leah Fleming was an excellent read written by one of my favourite authors. The book was based on the lives of two friends who met on the lifeboat after the sinking of the Titanic and the lives of those closest to them.
These two friends Celeste and May would never have met as they came from two totally different worlds, but because they both survived this terrible ordeal it give them one thing in common which over came the matter of the class differences of the two women. I liked the way the author wrote of these two women who came from such different lives but because of their experiences became as close as two sisters and not only did they become close but other members of their families were brought together. What I particularly liked about this book was that the author showed how this terrible tragedy changed the lives of those that survived, some for the better but for some it was something that was unable to overcome. It also showed how the tragedy affected those who had never been on the boat but it still had an affect to their lives after this terrible ordeal especially to relatives of those that had died.
The author went unto tell the story of the two women's lives throughout the First and Second World Wars and then unto the 1950's. We follow Celeste as she goes back to a horrible marriage but she decides she did not survive the Titanic to go back to a life of domestic abuse. May never got over the death of her own daughter plus her husband but she could not let the child that the Captain put into her arms. She dedicated her life to this child who she named Ella as her own daughter was named Ellen who drowned along with her husband Joe when the Titanic went down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wendy McFarlane on 2 May 2012
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The previous reviewers have gone into excellent, in depth detail of this story so I will keep this brief. I thought L. Flemmings last novel, Winters Children would be difficult to beat as it is on my shelf of all time keepers and already well worn through several readings. However, in this novel she has taken an historical event, which was so momentous then created the lives of her characters to a believable conclusion. This book was released to co-inside with the obvious fervour that was expected on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and could have just become swallowed up with all the excess of recent publications. However, Ms Flemming is such an outstanding novelist, she has, in my humble opinion, produced a piece of fiction that will stand the test of time. It is touching, believable and quite simply wonderful. I agree with one of the previous reviewers in that the title is directed at the Captain; he rescued the baby and his subsequent actions created the story for this novel. I was totally absorbed within the pages of this book and it is such a treat to be able to write such an appreciative review.Just lovely!
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