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Keturah (The Sugar Baron's Daughters) Paperback – February 6, 2018
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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?
"The setting is lush, the political and cultural climate is as heated as the weather and the characters are authentic and believable. Each sister is very different from the other two, and strong-willed Keturah's troubled and dangerous path to restore her faith in God, along with the production of the plantation, is a compelling lead into her younger sisters' stories to come."--RT Book Reviews
"Bergren puts a fresh spin on popular colonial fiction in this series launch that follows three sisters as their lives are shaped by their new circumstances. Keturah is a strong female protagonist who will appeal to inspirational fiction fans who appreciate stories about women who forge their own path in life."--Library Journal
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 her online at www.lisatbergren.com.
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"Crop blight . . . Terrible drought . . . . Machinery failure . . . . Another overseer lost to the ague . . . Returns far less than the last . . .
Dire last words from a father to his three daughters; making Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson all the more determined to take the future of her two younger sisters along with her to the West Indies where they must turn their fledgling island fortunes aright. It was practically scandalous among polite society for three gentlewomen to board a ship unaccompanied, so when Keturah's childhood friend, Gray Covington, providentially plans to travel on the same ship, Keturah can't decide whether to be happy or childishly provoked. After all, Gray deserted their long standing friendship when she needed him the most.
Gray Covington is certain that Keturah has grown up into a beauty all her own. After enduring what he assumed to be a terrible marriage, before being widowed, Keturah makes it crystal clear that she never wants to be beholden to a man again. If only she would make an exception, for what she is about to face on the island of Nevis is going to test her independence to unfathomable limits.
"Keturah" is quite the wonder, spilling over with lush descriptive scenery, only to be interrupted with the harsh realities of island proprietorship as a single woman. The fragrance of romance is a gift from author to reader, especially with nuggets of truth such as this, "All God expects of us is to do our best, from morning to night. He doesn't expect us to do things that only He can accomplish . . . "
Well said, Gray Covington!
After a slow start, I found myself really enjoying this book. It did take a bit for me to like the main character and feel some sort of emotional connection to her and the story but it did happen about half way through. The last third of the book the pacing picked up and things started happening. That time period and plantations are fascinating to me. So exotic and adventurous, yet so perilous. The author did a good job of capturing all those elements. The slavery that existed is so hard to read about and so, so awful yet plays a large part in stories like this.
I loved the idea of three sisters banding together and forging a new life in the unknown. They learned and grew and I loved that they did that together. They took good care of each other.
I have to say that I LOVED the River of Time series by this author. It's one of my very favorites. I didn't love this book like I did those but I will probably come back for the next book because by the end I was very interested in the other sisters and where their stories may go.
Content: violence, slavery, kissing, Christian elements
Gray Covington, a childhood friend of Keturah’s, was also traveling to Nevis to run the sugar plantation that he’d purchased from his brother, heir to their family’s English estate. He had invested everything he had in the venture. Gray had absented himself from Keturah following her marriage, and had high hopes of renewing their friendship as they traveled on the same ship. Tales that had formed a less than reputable reputation for Gray among the young ladies of their set, and the lasting effects of the abuse she had suffered at her late husband’s hands, caused Keturah to be warry of his sudden interest in her affairs. Gray suffered to think that she might never trust and lean upon him, that he might not ever be able to keep her and her sisters safe.
The central themes of this book are perseverance and forgiveness, both of which were necessary for the peace that Katurah sought. Reading about how these developed through hardships in her life would be very encouraging to readers going through hardships of their own. The author was sensitive to readers who might have been or might be involved in an abusive relationship, offering resources in her author’s notes to assist them. Whether one is drawn to these themes, or is just a fan of historical fiction, Keturah promises to provide hours of quality reading.
I thank NetGalley and the Baker Publishing Group for providing me with a copy of Keturah in exchange for my review. I received no monetary compensation.
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I really enjoyed this book. These sisters inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and to do my best.Read more