The Sea Captain's Wife

The Sea Captain's Wife

A Novel

Book - 2010
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Azuba Galloway, daughter of a shipwright, sees ships leaving for foreign ports from her bustling town on the Bay of Fundy and dreams of seeing the world. When she marries Nathaniel Bradstock, a veteran sea captain, she believes she will sail at his side. But when she becomes pregnant she is forced to stay behind. Her father has built the couple a gabled house overlooking the bay, but the gift cannot shelter her from the loneliness of living without her husband. When Azuba becomes embroiled in scandal, Nathaniel is forced to take her and their daughter, Carrie, aboard his ship. They set sail for London with bitter hearts. Their voyage is ill-fated, beset with ferocious storms and unforeseen obstacles that test Azuba's compassion, courage, and love. Alone in a male world, surrounded by the splendour and the terror of the open seas, she must face her fears and fight to keep her family together.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, c2010.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307397102
0307397106
Branch Call Number: FIC Powni
Characteristics: 372 pages : map.

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axeman
Jun 13, 2012

Great adventure / love story. Good book. I enjoyed it very much.

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becker
Apr 27, 2010

This was a very good book that was hard to put down. The story begins with a young wife in the late 1800's who is married to a Sea Captain that is away for very long stretches of time. She desperately wants to go with him when he sails and he is dead set against it. Circumstances happen that force him to change his mind and bring his wife and young daughter with him on his journeys. And so the adventure begins. The story takes you through several years of their experiences, some good but many bad. This story is high on adventure with a underlying love story that deals with this couple's loving but difficult relationship. I thought the author did a wonderful job with this book. She was able to convey the atmosphere on ship as well as the essence of the places they visited without using long and detailed descriptive passages and there was always an element of suspense throughout the entire story. The ending was not at all predictable, as I was unsure of it right up to the last chapter. My only critisism was that I thought the story got a bit rushed near the end when the last leg of their journey takes them to Hong Kong.I felt the author was trying to wrap things up quickly and I resented being rushed. Maybe that's just because I didn't want it to end. It was a great story

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