An epic novel spanning three generations and two continents, Leah Fleming's "The Captain's Daughter" has been meticulously researched and is beautifully written. Its unpretentious but lyrical style make it a joy to read. The storyline is plausible, where it could have been hackneyed, and despite it covering such a large time span the plot never loses momentum. Each character is carefully crafted and developed and the dialogue is realistic. It is a novel which could be enjoyed in one sitting. I read it over a period of weeks and never once lost its thread: a tribute, I think, to the style and great storytelling of this talented author. A thoroughly pleasurable read.