London, 1732: Nora Reed, the daughter of a merchant, falls hopelessly in love with her father's clerk, Simon. Despite their differing social class, the star-crossed lovers dream of a future on a tropical island - until tragedy strikes, and Nora must face a life without her soulmate. Hopeless, Nora enters a marriage of convenience with Elias Fortnam, a widower and sugar planter in Jamaica. Even without Simon, she is determined to somehow fulfill their tropical fantasy. But life in the Caribbean doesn't turn out as Nora had dreamt. Nora is deeply shocked by the way plantation owners treat the slaves and decides to shake things up on her own sugar cane plantation - for the better. Surprisingly, her adult stepson Doug supports her in this endeavor when he arrives from Europe. However, his return also puts things into a state of turmoil - especially Nora's feelings. Just as Nora seems to be settling into her role as lady of the house, one harrowing event rips everything from her but her life...
A gripping tale of love and hate, trust and betrayal, and a thrilling destiny set against the pristine beaches and swaying palmtrees of the tropics.
For fans of Kathleen Grissom,THE KITCHEN HOUSE, Alex Haley, ROOTS: THE SAGA OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY, and Sue Monk Kidd, THE INVENTION OF WINGS.
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Sarah Lark is my new favorite author!
My absolute favorite.
Any of Sarah Lark's books. All available audio versions are done by the same narrator and she's perfect.
I could never name just one.
This book is written in 3rd person. I don't care for 1st person novels, so in case you are like me, I wanted to mention this. I absolutely can't wait for more of Sarah Lark's books to be translated into English, and for more audio versions. I could read and listen to her books over and over and over, and I'm a very picky reader. Her books are very well researched, and although she takes some liberties with history, I like that the basic history is authentic. Be sure and listen to the afterword, for the author's detailed explanations of her research and the actual history of the time and characters.
Her characters are all so well developed that you feel like you know them all. I miss them!
You should know that the main subject of this book is slavery in Jamaica, in case you find the subject upsetting. Without spoiling the story, though, all of the slaves are not victims.
- Karen Kelly