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The Pirate’s Daughter: A Novel

September 12, 2008

The Pirate’s Daughter

Margaret Cezair-Thompson

Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition, 2008

432 pages

Historical fiction, Womens fiction

I really enjoyed this book. The reason it hit my reading list in the first place was the inclusion of screen actor Errol Flynn in the story line. I loved him in The Adventures of Robin Hood. I can still picture the sword fighting screen on the castle stairs. The exotic setting of Jamaica from 1940s to 1970s was another draw.

The plot line is a coming age story for Ida, her daughter May and the country of Jamaica. We follow Ida from her childhood to her affair with Mr. Flynn to her eventual marriage to Baron Karl Von Ausberg. Her story continues with May who struggles through a childhood without a father and, at times, a mother into turbulent young adulthood. Mother and daughter deal with many of the same issues while around them friends and family struggle with problems in their own, often troubled, relationships. In the background Jamaica is struggling through political strife that will intrude in their lives with tragic consequences.

The glamour of Hollywood, lush tropical settings, wonderfully complex family story lines make for engaging reading.

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  1. September 13, 2008 6:30 am

    Marcia, great review.

    This one has been on my radar for a while now.

    Your review makes me want to read it even more!

  2. September 13, 2008 6:24 pm

    Hey Shana,

    It’s yours! Keep an eye on your mailbox and then stop by ‘Mailbox Monday’ after you gotten it and show off your new book.

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