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Saturday, March 10, 2018
In 1772 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the heiresses of their father's estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage.
Although it flies against all the conventions, they're determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, conventions are the least of their concerns. On the infamous island of Nevis, the sisters discover the legacy of the legendary sugar barons has vastly declined-and that's just the start of what their eyes are opened to in this harsh and unfamiliar world.
Keturah never intends to put herself at the mercy of a man again, but every man on the island seems to be trying to win her hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. She could desperately use an ally, but even an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend leaves her questioning his motives.
To keep her family together and save the plantation that is her last chance at providing for them, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?
Lisa T. Bergren has published more than 40 books with more than 3 million books sold combined. She's the author of the Christy Award-winning "Waterfall," RITA®-finalist "Firestorm," bestselling "God Gave Us You," and popular historical series like Homeward, Grand Tour, and more. She's also a recipient of the RT Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and three teen-and-older
This was a very hard book to get through as I cried through most of it. The heart wrenching treatment of slaves during this time period was nothing short of inhumane. The author gets to the nitty gritty and leaves nothing to the imagination. As Ket and her sisters set sail for the West Indies, they are exposed to treacherous seas, tight quarters and see first hand how slaves are treated. There is danger on the ship and the women are asked to be accompanied by a man when walking on deck. I would be shaking in my boots about that time.
What an undertaking her and her sister’s take on trying to rebuild their plantation. They have so many obstacles to overcome with one being the prejudice of women being there running a plantation. Ket is such a strong character I wanted to join her and fight for her land. It is hard to imagine that women who tried to run a plantation were looked down upon. No one wants them to succeed. I loved how the author emphasized how important it was for the sisters to do this on their own and to not depend on men to run the plantation. It is a very different place there in the West Indies and the shock of how prejudice runs rampant is hard for the sisters to accept. One of Ket’s biggest problems is having to stand up to a man. Her marriage was horrible and her husband treated her with little respect. That has impacted her need to succeed without the help of a man dictating what she should do. The hard work out in the fields was back breaking and at times I think I may have given up.
I think one of the smartest decisions Ket made was to team up with Gray so they both to achieve getting their crops planted by sharing their men. There are so many obstacles they endure and it seems at every turn , sabotage is happening. The mud slide was devastating and I gasped when they couldn’t find Ket. Gray is such a fair man and I admire his willingness to protect both his plantation , while trying to do the same for Ket and her sisters. The story is very intense and the horrors of living there were at times hard to read. I appreciate how the author clearly show readers what it was like in 1772 in the West Indies for women and slaves. It is important to have historical facts to remind us of the suffering and how difficult it was for people of color. There are some evil men out to destroy Ket and the plantation. Will she be able to fight them off? Can she protect her slaves from harm? The book is mesmerizing and hard to take in at times, I appreciate the authors portrayal of a time when all people were not treated as equals. The story blends history and survival into an epic adventure. This is one story that I will remember for a long time.
I received a copy by of this book from LitFuse. The review is my own opinion.