The Admiral's Daughter

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Category: Contemporary
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Date Published: August 11, 2008
Number of Pages: 324
Print Price: $11.01
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“You can’t judge a book by its cover,” is certainly true with this novel by Tom Milton. If I were in a book store trying to figure out which book to buy, this certainly would not have caught my attention because it is very plain. As an author myself, presentation is everything. For a book of this caliber, I believe it deserves a better, more professional looking cover.

Once I started reading, however, I was quickly caught up in the story, which takes place in 1962 at the height of the civil rights movement. The protagonists, Kristy (the admiral’s daughter) and Nathan, a writer, meet each other in the first pages of the novel when Kristy is being accosted by ruffians. Predictably, Nathan comes to her rescue as a sort of knight in shining armor and they immediately begin a romance.

Kristy is a Southern born, young, pretty, blonde, Catholic civil rights activist, driven in part to make reparation for the sins of her father, a racist admiral. The first part of the book centers on their quickly blossoming romance in New York City (with some sexual tension but no graphic descriptions). Later, they travel to the South, and Kristy’s father (the admiral) meets Nathan. The older man immediately takes a liking to his daughter’s boyfriend. While talking one day, the admiral begins telling Nathan about his experiences during WW II, so Nathan suggests that the stories be written down for history. The admiral comes up with an idea to record his experiences and asks Nathan to write the stories for him. Nathan’s writing is used as flashbacks during the novel.

Kristy also suspects that her father is behind some recent racial violence in Mississippi. Racism is realistically portrayed and the consequences of racist attitudes are illustrated well.

Overall, I liked this book very much. The writing was better than average and the characters, for the most part, well-defined and interesting. There was an overabundance of dialogue, but I didn’t personally mind (although there is some swearing and bad language). Milton especially captured well the essence of the era of the 1960's civil rights movement. The ending was a surprise and unexpected.

Plain cover aside, I would recommend this novel to those wanting to read a good story with interesting plot lines and believable, well-defined characters.

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ISBN-13: 978-0979457913
Original Language: English
Book Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches


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Ellen Gable Hrkach is an award-winning, bestselling author of five books. Her recently released novel, A Subtle Grace, is currently in the top ten of Religious Drama on Kindle. Her third novel, Stealing Jenny, was #1 on Amazon Kindle in Religious Drama for two months and has been in the top ten of that category since November 2011 with nearly 240,000 downloads.  Her second novel, In Name Only ,was awarded the Gold Medal in Religious Fiction at the 2010 IPPY Awards and has also been an Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller in Religious Drama. She is currently the President of the Catholic Writers Guild, a columnist for Amazing CatechistsCatholicMom.com and various magazines and websites. She and her husband own a small Catholic publishing company which publishes “edgy Catholic fiction.” She blogs at Plot Line and Sinker. When she’s not writing or reading on her Kindle, Ellen enjoys watching classic movies and playing board games with her family. Originally from New Jersey, she now lives in the country outside of Pakenham, Ontario, Canada with her husband and sons. Contact her at: fullquiverpublishing(at)gmail.com.


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