In May 1653, young Frederica (Freddy) O’Brennan and her sister Aileen trust a stranger on an empty beach in western Ireland, inadvertently placing themselves in the crosshairs of Cromwell’s notorious Reign of Terror.
Freddy awakens in the crammed hold of a slave ship bound for Barbados. Ripped from their loved ones, she and Aileen endure the voyage – only to be wrenched apart when purchased at auction by sugar plantation owners from different islands. Freddy faces the brutal realities of life as a female Irish slave on a seventeenth century Barbados sugar plantation. Amidst the island's treacherous beauty, she must find a way to bear her cruel, drunken Master’s abuse.
Heartsick with yearning for her family, Freddy must reach deep inside herself for the strength she needs to protect her young spirit from being broken. As she struggles to survive rape, degradation, beatings, and the harrowing spectacle of her Irish countrymen being flogged and starved to death, she is buoyed by powerful friendships with her fellow slaves – especially the Native American kitchen slave with whom she works long hours in the plantation cookhouse. The two women risk severe punishment by sneaking food and medicine to the suffering Irish and African field slaves.
Eventually Freddy braves much more for the sake of love and loyal friendship.
SPIRITED AWAY-A NOVEL OF THE STOLEN IRISH paints an intimate portrait of 1650s Irish slavery in the Caribbean.
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Excellent! Excellent!! Excellent!!!!
In the top ten!
Freddie!! Such a strong resilient and amazing survivor!
There were so many! My favorite had to be when Freddie had to make the heart-wrenching choice to stay in slavery because her son was ill.
This was the first time that I had heard of the slavery of the Irish. It made me mad and it made me intensely angry at the treatment of those who were forced into servitude.
The material was extremely well written. The story moves smoothly from scene to scene without any excess narration. The narrator was excellent! She brought the characters to life and added to an already excellent story. Can't wait for the sequel!
- Julie F. Musgrove
Learning something I never knew
I would rank this book in the top twenty percent.
The depiction of an Irish woman as a slave in the Carribean.