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A Fun Read, But Issues with Slave Narrative
on June 20, 2015
Ms. Crosby is a good writer and her fun personality comes out in the narrative, so I happily downloaded the book after reading the sample. I do not doubt she is psychic and it was interesting to read her experiences of being a medium.
I didn't give this book a higher-star review, though, because I can't help but feel the slave narrative was, at the very least, embellished. Halfway through Janette's story, I went back to the copyright page to see if this book was actually fiction. It's not just that Janette's life as a slave sounded so incredibly pleasant and contented, but I cannot imagine any person that was a slave saying that being a slave to the heart (in a love situation) is a worse kind of slavery than actual slavery (in the south on a plantation where you are not considered fully human, have no rights, can be bought and sold, can be beaten and killed with impunity and so forth). Janette also says at one point that she wished she'd written down her story, which was surprising. It was highly unusual for a slave to be taught to read and write. I also found it hard to believe that Janette, her husband and lover would go into such detail re: their physical love to Ms. Crosby. Aspects like these made it hard for me to believe Janette's story was literally true. Maybe it was, but it just didn't feel that way to me. It read more like romance fiction.
The word "recant" was used to mean "recount" and "sloth of despond" instead of "slough of despond", but otherwise the writing is pretty darn good. I just wish it read truer. Evidently it did to all the five-star reviewers who can't wait for her next book.