The Captain's Wife: A Novel

Dutton, 2001 - 293 Seiten
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This epic historical novel follows the true story of a remarkable heroine, Mary Patten, who found herself in one of the most dangerous straits of sea in the Western Hemisphere, Cape Horn, with a ship of mutinous sailors to command and a deathly sick husband, their captain, to care for.

Mary's story begins in July 1856 in the heyday of the great clipper ships. Her husband, Captain Joshua Patten, is hired to navigate Neptune's Car on a treacherous voyage from New York to San Francisco -- in record time.

The trip is marked by dark signs early on. The first mate shows traces of treason that soon erupt into a plot of mutiny. Upon reaching the equator, the captain falls ill. With no other choice, Mary takes command of the ship. Her command reigns throughout not only the most treacherous passage, Cape Horn, but during the most devastating weather in years. Having learned to navigate on a previous voyage with her husband, she now must utilize all her skills as she demands respect from an unstable crew, nurses her husband day and night, keeps the mutinous first mate at bay, and finds as she becomes a captain, she will also become a mother.

Doug Kelley has crafted a brilliant novel that uses the little-known facts about Mary Patten's life to tell a gripping tale of deception, danger, and treachery on the high seas. In a world of discovery, when adventurous sea captains ruled the seas, Mary Patten became much more than a captain's wife.

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Nutzerbericht  - Sarah_Gruwell - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed the story in this one. The author chose a story rich in detail and potential and just expanded on that beautifully. What results is an engaging novel that keeps the reader engaged ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - nancynova - LibraryThing

Excellent book about sailing a clipper ship from New York to San Francisco. The writer did a lot of research before writing the book and it shows in the intricate detail. You feel that you're really ... Vollständige Rezension lesen


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Autoren-Profil (2001)

A native of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Douglas Kelley now makes his home just across the Oklahoma state line. The Captain's Wife is his first novel.

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