Another sensibly handled historical adventure by the author of Tenoch (1954), a story of sailing the California coast in the...

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MARY IN COMMAND

Another sensibly handled historical adventure by the author of Tenoch (1954), a story of sailing the California coast in the 16th century, takes to the sea again, this time through a young bride who finds herself in command of her husband's ship. Daughter of a proper Boston family in 1853, Mary meets and marries Joshua Patten, a young seaman with whom she shares tastes for the more natural things in life-good reading frankness and a general aversion to senseless conventions. Though she does have a hard time persuading Joshua, who fears for her safety, to let her go on his first voyage as a captain, her presence on the trip around the Horn proves invaluable when Joshua is taken ill and Mary is the one human being aboard with enough will power and determination to lead a split crew through storms and privations to San Francisco. Competently written and an object lesson in the value of similarities.

Pub Date: Oct. 5, 1956

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Publisher: Nelson

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1956