The Captain's Daughter
While resting from combat in World War I trenches, Captain Afonso Brandão meets a beautiful French baroness in a Flanders château – a meeting that will change their lives forever. Afonso and Agnès fall in love. From then on, they lead a double life – she hiding the relationship from her husband, whilst he suffers hell in the trenches.
But in late 1917, the German High Command makes a secret decision that would change the course of the war. The Germans decide to launch a major offensive in the spring, an attack so devastating that it would end the conflict and deliver victory to the Central Powers. As the breaking point of the Allies defensive lines, they chose a small sector in the Lys valley – the very place where the Portuguese Corps stood.
With the dramatic events of World War I as the background, The Captain’s Daughter tells the moving story of an impossible passion, the life of two lovers caught in the whirlwind of history.
“A classic novel, a love story the size of Gone With the Wind.”
”The author José Rodrigues dos Santos has successfully written a great novel set against the backdrop of World War I - a book that is much more than a simple love story between two human beings who, in spite of being made for each other, cannot remain together. This is a touching novel that grabs the reader from page one and never leaves it.”
“They are separated by destiny, but never lose hope. A novel of love - full of melancholy and passion.”
“With The Captain’s Daughter, the Portuguese dos Santos wrote, in fact, a great novel. The story and the characters get so close to us that it becomes almost painful.”
“The Captain’s Daughter is a story of a passionate love affair set during World War I, where characters are faced with events they cannot control and are forced to make hard choices.”
“The Captain’s Daughter reminds us of the destiny of the Portuguese Expeditionary Corps, thrown into rat-infested mud trenches. But in José Rodrigues dos Santos’ novel there’s also a Portuguese-French love story to which the Flanders battlefields provide the setting. An opportunity to recall the forgotten Portuguese involvement in the Great War.”