- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Minna Press (December 21, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982963009
- ISBN-13: 978-0982963005
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,929,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Escape To Falmouth: A Novel Paperback – December 21, 2010
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About the Author
Lena Joy Rose loves multicultural stories. She wrote Escape to Falmouth because she wanted to portray marginalized characters in all their dimensions. She currently lives in both Jamaica and Charlotte, NC.
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Top Customer Reviews
Jeremiah, an articulate slave with an unparalleled talent for making furniture, runs away from his cruel master. He has run away before and been brought back and made to pay the consequences. This time, however, Awanessa (A headstrong Cherokee maiden) comes to his rescue, wounding the slave catchers and offering J sanctuary in her people's camp. Cherokees owned slaves back in the day, so Nessa is met with a lot of opposition from her tribe for sheltering a slave. But she's a strong heroine, and despite everything going on around her (including the removal of her people during to the famous Trail of Tears) she develops a relationship with Jeremiah. Long story short - the two are hell-bent on changing their destinies. So they embark on a journey filled with a series of adventures.
Having just returned from a tour of the John Sharp plantation in Falmouth county in Jamaica, I was delighted to find this book was filled with plenty of historical details that were accurately described for this time period. The author not only provides us with a heart-touching romance, she educates us about the relationship between Blacks and Indians during the slavery era. What I like best is that she doesn't limit the characters' experience to the USA; the novel chronicles Nessa and Jeremiah's turbulent journey across the ocean to Jamaica.
This story is well written. And the characters aren't perfect. Each one has their flaws, their insecurities, their biases, and their ambitions. But their love trumphs all. I love the imagery the author uses and the detailed descriptions of everything from food and plants of the era to tribal customs, clothing and politics. I consider myself an avid history buff, but the author managed to school me on quite a few things. The Author Notes at the end are chock full of interesting historical tidbits detailing what was happening in the world at the time. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for something different in the romance genre, and I can't wait for the sequel.
I recommend reading it, if you enjoy reading about African American and Native American History.
This journey of an African man dreaming of freedom and meeting a Native Indian (already free) and struggling to maintain Native land and the barriers they face together, is a story that has not been told.
I found myself wondering what happened next and began reading this to relax my mind after a long day.
There is a mixture of emotions about what the characters are facing as a result of them wanting more for themselves, their lives and the extent they will go to obtain this. There is a lot of close calls and at times I was on the edge and could not have dreamed up what happened next. The humour is surprisingly on point and the attention to detail in terms of the Native Indians and Jamaican practices is a nice touch.
I found myself among Jeremiah and Nessa also wondering about their (our) next move to survive another day. I am only hoping there is a part two....
Many thanks, Ms. Rose.