by Sandra Madden

April 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7526-X
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Mass Market Paperback

Whaler Benjamin Swain has a plan. Heís going to marry an easygoing woman and work his way up through the Navy. It should be easy enough. That is until he encounters Admiral Harringtonís only child, Sophie. Sophie is a delightful mix of trouble and beauty, and itís a combination Ben finds very hard to resist, especially after the Admiral deems him to be Sophieís watchdog.

As Ben tries to protect Sophie from herself and keep himself out of a disciplinary hearing, he has to deal with Sophieís arrogant fiancť as well as a cutthroat blackmailer who uses people as pawns to gain his own end. But with every step Ben takes, Sophie seems to be rewriting his future. As a man who generally follows the course set before him, Ben should be quite angry, but then again, maybe he forgot something. That something could be The Admiralís Daughter.

Iíve got a new favorite author, and her name is Sandra Madden. The Admiralís Daughter is one of the cleverest, most charming books Iíve read this year. From page one, this is one heart tugging tale, and the rush of emotions never stop.

Sophie is a spirited, attractive heroine whose pursuit of happiness makes her delightfully irresistible. Often, she leaps before looking, but this characteristic only adds to her adorable personality. So anxious was I to see what Sophie would do next, that my brain, of its own accord, commanded my fingers to swiftly turn the pages of this witty book.

I also loved Ben Swain. He was charismatic and sensitive. If I could breathe life into him, I would. He was a most admirable fellow. I loved Maddenís handling of his character as he underwent his period of self-discovery.

Sandra Maddenís writing is reminiscent of that much-needed rain after a harsh summer drought. With an exciting plot and well-drawn characters, The Admiralís Daughter is the rainbow youíve been searching for.

Reviewed in July 2003 by Natasha.

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