Young widow Keturah and her sisters, Verity and Selah, find themselves with a sugar plantation that is fast losing money in the West Indies after the death of their father. Keturah and her sisters determine that in order to protect their assets that they must go there to oversee it themselves.
Keturah is determined to never depend on a man again, after her disastrous marriage to Edward that left her scarred. She is stubborn and clever, with a natural bent for leadership, but is she ready for everything that she will face in the West Indies?
Gray Covington grew up along side of Keturah, and spent much of his youth trying to make her jealous going out with other girls. But when she married Edward he realized what he'd lost. Now he too is trying to make a success in the West Indies sugar plantations. Gray has matured, and is very serious about farming the West Indies, reading books, and even going to university to learn about agriculture. He has planned his trip carefully and packed thoughtfully.
This book doesn't shy away from mentioning the harsh realities of the West Indies and the cruel slave trade during that time. Which shows how while the cruelty of slavery was not as visible on English soil, it definitely was a presence in the British Territories.
Keturah and her sisters struggle to made the plantation their home and come to terms with the man that their father was in the West Indies. Keturah endured an abusive marriage, and though she and her sisters are viewed as eligible catches, she is careful and protective of her sisters. I like how she and her sisters are challenged by their new home, and don't settle for the norm, striving to be kind to those around them.
Overall, a well written book about an oft overlooked time and place, of beauty and unspeakable cruelty. It was a bit slow to start for me, but after I got to know the sisters better and they reached the island I was hooked. The first in an exotic and exciting new historical series from Lisa Tawn Bergren.
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About the Book: 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 for women of the time, they're determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, proper gender roles 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 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.
Set on keeping her family together and saving her father's once-great plantation, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?
Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 40 books, with more than 2.5 million copies sold. She recently finished a teen series called Remnants (SEASON OF WONDER, SEASON OF FIRE, and SEASON OF GLORY). She's also written the River of Time Series (WATERFALL, CASCADE, TORRENT, BOURNE & TRIBUTARY, DELUGE) and The Grand Tour Series (GLAMOROUS ILLUSIONS, GRAVE CONSEQUENCES, GLITTERING PROMISES). She just released a new time-slip romance duology called River of Time: California (THREE WISHES and FOUR WINDS) and is researching her next trilogy, The Sugar Baron's Daughters (releasing in 2018).
Lisa’s time is split between managing home base, writing, consulting and helping Tim with his business. Her husband Tim is a sculptor of ducks-out-of-fenceposts (RMRustic.com), graphic designer and musician. They have three kids–Olivia (21), Emma (18) and Jack (13).
All five of the Bergrens make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Http://lisatawnbergren.com/