The Shipbuilder’s Daughter

Written by Emma Fraser
Review by Cathy Kemp

Living in Glasgow in the late 1920s, Margaret Bannatyne, the only surviving child, is limited in the opportunities available for her to follow an independent career. Despite her domineering father, a well-known but hard-nosed wealthy and powerful businessman, she determines to qualify as a doctor rather than marry well and have her son inherit the family business. Along the way Margaret meets and falls in love with a dock worker, Alistair Morrison, who has ambitions of qualifying as a lawyer to right the injustices being wrought by unscrupulous businesses such as Bannatyne’s shipyard. When she challenges her father’s authority by refusing to marry the man he has agreed is suitable as a son-in-law, he disowns Margaret and she has to fend for herself.

The author handles her characters with insight, with their likely development securing a believable progression of their choices. Following Margaret and Alistair’s path, the storyline throws up a variety of hardships that have to be endured, resulting in an engaging and enjoyable tale.