In Barbados, the two neighboring sugar plantations of Peverills and Beckles had always been somehow joined, and yet somehow remained separate, if not at war with each other. The Bussa's Rebellion of 1816 saw Peverills burned to the ground, while Beckles survived. While it seemed that the secrets that preceded that fateful event went up in smoke, forty years later, when Emily inherits what’s left of Peverills, she begins to sift through the ashes. Despite the best efforts of the present residents of Beckles, sparks begin to fly, reigniting the past and revealing the truths behind all the lies.
The thing that people will immediately realize about this book is that this isn’t one story, but its actually two stories. On the one hand, we have Werner’s story – the orphaned boy, living with his sister in a mining town in Germany.
This book was published in 1987 and frankly, I’m shocked that I hadn’t read this before now. It should have caught my eye sooner, since it is actually historical fiction. I mean, talk about my genre, right? Plus - HELLO! Ondaatje! Well, I have no excuses, but thankfully, I’ve now rectified this embarrassing oversight.
Book Review for “Mistress of the Ritz” by Melanie Benjamin. Benjamin’s latest novel is about Blanche Auzello, the American woman who in 1924 married Claude, the manager of the Ritz in Paris. In the years of recovery after the Great War, Paris was host to some of the richest and most famous people from across … Continue reading Puttin’ on the Resistance.
Book Review for “My Counterfeit Self” by Jane Davis. Lucy Forrester is a poet. That means by definition that she uses her words to express all the emotions she’s feeling, be they personal or be they political. In fact, she’s something of a rebel, but one with a cause she’s not willing to give up; … Continue reading A Poetically Explosive Story.
Book Review for “The Girl Puzzle: A Story of Nellie Bly” by Kate Braithwaite. This new historical, biographical, fiction novel is about Elizabeth Cochrane, the investigative journalist of the late 19th century and early 20th century, who was better known as Nellie Bly. Apparently, Bly is a hot topic at the moment, since this is … Continue reading The Conundrum of the Phenomenon.
Book Review of "Old Baggage" by Lissa Evans. It is 1928, and Matilda (aka Mattie) Simpkin is living with her old friend from her Women's Suffrage Campaign days, Florrie Lee (lovingly known as “The Flea”), and still giving lectures on the suffragette movement, and why it is still important.
A New Trend or an Old Friend? One of my friends, Barbara Probst, who is a member of the Facebook group In Literary Love with me, recently put up a post on that page asking the following question of the group: “What does everyone think about this new hybrid genre that's a cross between fiction … Continue reading Literary Musings: Biographical, Historical Fiction.
Book Review of “The Beautiful Strangers” by Camille Di Maio. There are actually two women named Kate Morgan. One of them is a ghost haunting at the famous Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, since her death in 1892. The other one is a young girl who is stuck working in her family’s fish and … Continue reading Some Like it… with Ghosts!
Book Review of “Woman 99” by Greer Macallister. How far would you go to save your sister? What if she’s the one who saved your life many times throughout your childhood? Would you risk everything, possibly even your own sanity? This is the dilemma that Charlotte Smith faces when her sister Phoebe is put into … Continue reading Pulling a “Nellie Bly”!