Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Book Review: The Sea Captain's Wife

I just finished the Beth Powning's The Sea Captain's Wife today-it was fantastic!! The Sea Captain's Wife basically follows Azuba, her husband Captain Nathaniel Bradstock and their family as they sail the world on The Traveller, between 1862-1865. Powning does and amazing job of depicting the relationships of the family members, ad well as what it would have been like to have been a captain's wife, sailing around the world in the late 18oos. As I mentioned in my previous post, this was a book that I wanted to read both fast and slow because I couldn't wait to read what would happen next-would Nathaniel allow Azuba to join him on the ship, what would Azuba feel like as the only woman on board, would they make it through the next storm, would they starve, would they make it to Antwerp in time for her to give birth-but I want to take my time with this novel because I never wanted it to end. The ending of the book definitely surprised me and I am pretty sure I had my mouth hanging open on the subway!Plus to top it off, the cover of the book is pretty cool too!

Speaking of cool covers, my next book is the much anticipated (by me) new novel from Kate Morton-The Distant Hours-and it's cover gives me shivers of delight!! How dorky does that sound!! Ok it doesn't truly give me shivers, but it sort of does on the inside because I am so excited to read it and I pretty much forget what it is supposed to be about, but I loved her other novels-especially The Forgotten Garden (which I kind of want to read again!).

What are you reading?


  1. I'm still reading The Villa Triste by Lucretia Grindle and am really enjoying it--it's a mystery set in Florence that goes between present day and WWII. I love the cover of the book you just finished--how pretty!

  2. I am going to look forward to readin this book when I come to Toronto. I have just finished reading Stuart McLeans'The Vinyl Cafe Notebooks. I have read all of his books and love his writing. His stories relate to his own family adventures and also when he was growing up and a lot about his neighborhood. When I read it I feel like I was a kid again and the simple joys of playing with friends on the street was the only thing you had to think about all summer. No Decisions, no money worries just plain fun as a child. Easy to read and I enjoy his humour.

  3. I am now reading The Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard. It's about two girls who were born on the same day in the hospital in the same town. One girl lives with her family on a farm and the other with a mother who is into art and a father who can't keep a job and they move around alot. There is a tie between these two girls and I think I already know what it is, so I may be dissapointed by the end of the book. The writing shifts between the girls every chapter. Not hard to follow but I hope I'm wrong and find out that it's not as pridictable as I think it might be.


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