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Captain Macedoine's Daughter   By: (1881-1966)

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Captain Macedoine's Daughter by William McFee is a mesmerizing tale that takes readers on an unforgettable journey through the unpredictable seas of life. Set against the backdrop of the British merchant marine during the early 20th century, this novel is a masterful blend of adventure, romance, and introspection.

The story revolves around the indomitable spirit of Elsie Macedoine, the eponymous daughter of the Seahawk's captain. Elsie is a strong-willed and fiercely independent young woman who defies societal expectations and seeks to find her own path in a male-dominated profession. Her desire to become a ship captain, a profession reserved solely for men at that time, inspires and challenges everyone she encounters.

McFee's impeccable writing style paints a vivid picture of life at sea, capturing the essence of the maritime world with captivating descriptions. The author's own experience as a sailor lends an air of authenticity to the story, as he effortlessly navigates the technical aspects of sailing while maintaining a compelling narrative.

The characters in Captain Macedoine's Daughter are expertly portrayed, each with their own distinct personalities and motivations. Elsie stands out as a compelling protagonist, exuding determination and resilience in the face of adversity. Her passion for the sea and her unwavering pursuit of her dreams make her a relatable and inspiring character. Supporting characters such as Elsie's father and fellow sailors add depth and complexity to the story, allowing readers to forge emotional connections with each individual.

The novel's pacing is superb, seamlessly blending moments of heart-pounding action with quieter, introspective interludes. The suspenseful sea voyages keep readers on the edge of their seats, while the tender moments shared between characters provide a necessary respite from the tumultuous storms of the high seas.

One of the standout elements of Captain Macedoine's Daughter is its exploration of gender roles and societal constraints at the time. McFee eloquently challenges the status quo, showcasing the strength and capabilities of women in a male-centric world. Through Elsie's unwavering determination, the novel highlights the importance of resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity.

Overall, Captain Macedoine's Daughter is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that transcends the boundaries of a typical adventure tale. McFee's exquisite prose and unique insights into the world of sailing make this book a must-read for fans of historical fiction and maritime adventures. With its engrossing plot and memorable characters, this novel will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on readers' minds, long after they have turned the final page.

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By William McFee


Garden City New York Doubleday, Page & Company 1920


"It is an amiable but disastrous illusion on the part of the western nations that they have created a monopoly in freedom and truth and the right conduct of life." Mr. Spenlove



There is an hour or so before the train comes puffing round the curve of the Gulf from Cordelio, and you are gone down into the garden for a while because the mosquitoes become tiresome later, and the great shadows of the cypresses are vanishing as the sun sinks behind the purple islands beyond the headlands. You will stay there for a while among the roses and jasmine, and then you will come in and say: "There it is!" And together we will slip and stumble and trot down the steep hillside to the level crossing, and we will run along to the little station, so like ours in America. And when the train is come creaking and groaning and squealing to a standstill, I shall climb in, while you will stand for a moment looking... Continue reading book >>

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