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, 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?
I was in awe of Keturah, Verity and Selah as soon as they decided to travel from England to the West Indies to their inherited sugar plantation. I loved that they were close and looked out for each other no matter what they faced. Upon their arrival to their plantation they found some unpleasant and harsh realities.
I loved Gray, a fantastic friend and neighbor that they knew from England. At times my patience wore thin with Keturah and her attitude towards him. I could certainly understand her reluctance to get involved with him or any man due to her abusive marriage. I just thought she was a little too cautious at times .
Speaking of abuse, there are parts of this story that were difficult for me to read. They have nothing to do with Keturah, but the treatment of slaves. Angus Shubert is such a cruel and vile man. I was sickened by his character, even though I know that is a sad part of history where a plantation overseer treated other human beings so horribly.
Having said that, the abuse is a rather small part of this story. Yes, there were many struggles the Banning sisters had, but they didn’t wallow in self-pity and they are no shrinking violets. They face each and every challenge as they work to make their plantation a success. I loved that about them.
Overall, this is a story that is rich in history and beautifully written. I cannot wait to read the next book in the sisters to find out what’s next for the sisters and their friends.
I received a copy from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity and was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
About the Author:
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 children.
Find out more about Lisa at: http://lisatawnbergren.com
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