From Publishers Weekly
Wood's skill as a writer of well-crafted, impressively researched romances is growing. With this engrossing saga, set in Kenya from the early 1900s to the present day, she should achieve a breakthrough to readers who look for literary competence as well as a good story. Here she traces the intertwined destinies of two families over three generations. Lord Valentine Treverton is representative of the upper-class Britishers who founded white settlements in Kenya: hardworking, determined to wrest a coffee crop from East Africa's fertile soil, he is also arrogantly ignorant of the ancient traditions of the natives who call their home Kikuyuland. When Treverton cuts down a sacred fig tree on his new plantation, medicine woman Mama Wachera puts a curse (thahu) on the Treverton family until "the land is returned to the children of Mumbi." Her descendants are destined to play a vital role in the apparent success of that curse. Representing the best that white settlers brought to East Africa is Valentine's sister, Dr. Grace Treverton, who establishes a mission clinic that strives to bring modern medical care to the native population. "Daktari" Grace is another link in the chain of pioneering female physicians who feature in most of Wood's (Domina, Vital Signs) novels. Wood nicely recreates time and place, interweaving the main events in Kenya's history with domestic details and social nuances to enrich a sometimes melodramatic tale of pride, passion and revenge. The customs and taboos of the Kikuyu are appropriately integrated into the narrative, as is the inevitable conflict of cultures, sweeping to a maelstrom of violence during the Mau Mau terrorist uprising of the 1950s. 100,000 first printing; $125,000 ad/promo; paperback rights to Fawcett; Literary Guild dual main selection.
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“A reader-pleaser in every way.” —Phyllis Whitney, New York Times bestselling author
“Barbara Wood brings the beauty of the African landscape I know and love stunningly alive.” —Barbara Taylor Bradford, New York Times bestselling author of A Woman of Substance
"From page one, I knew I was in the company of an accomplished storyteller. Barbara Wood has written an enthralling saga, packed with memorable characters and rich detail. Treat yourself and read it." —John Jakes, New York Times bestselling author
"A master storyteller. She never fails to leave the reader enthralled." —Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, author of A Woman of Independent Means
“An accomplished storyteller.” —John Jakes, New York Times bestselling author
“Wood shows herself a wizard at juggling action and romance, maintaining the momentum and sparkle of both.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Wood makes her fiction come alive with authentic detailing and highly memorable characters.” —Booklist
“Barbara Wood is an entertainer.” —Washington Post Book World
“Wood crafts vivid sketches of women who triumph over destiny.” —Publishers Weekly
“Entertainment fiction at its best.” —Booklist
“Wood creates genuine, engaging characters whose stories are fascinating.” —Library Journal