- File Size: 963 KB
- Print Length: 329 pages
- Publisher: Virginia Henley; 1 edition (November 13, 2011)
- Publication Date: November 13, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0067MSSPY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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He falls in love with a young woman at the neighboring plantation and decided to wait the years he has to before she is able to be married. But circumstances come to play and she is wedded to Nicholas, in name only, as a young child. Trying everything he can to not make him his fully.
Their relationship is rife with conflict, secrets and surprises. They truly do love each other and always find their way back. Then everything goes wrong.
It’s a great story. At times it felt rushed, but it was still very enjoyable. I loved the story, and at end couldn’t put it down. A truly good read.
Cons: There were so many characters that I stopped trying to remember who was who, and just focused on the top ten, give or take! Reading the slave language was awkward and I stumbled over those sentences having to reread them to grasp what was being said.
This book was not the best I've ever read, but by far is not the worst so give it a try and if it does not interest you or capture you within the 1st chapter perhaps your time would be better spent on a different book.
The story begins in England where Nicholas is betrayed by his stepmother out of his inheritance so he embarks to America to search for a new life and his fortune. He will stay in the South in the years just before the Civil War. There he will build a beautiful and grand plantation and meet Mandy.
You have the H/h relationship since Mandy was a child, an engaging and willful child, and some interesting supporting characters that give the book his flavour.
The story is immediately engaging. You really care about the characters and want to know what's going to happen next, it's not predictable! It's also a much longer book than is described. It's a very satisfying read.
The primary character, Nicholas, finds himself without a title or a home in England and must begin again in America. He becomes an outstanding man of integrity and conviction, with heart, humor and compassion. By his intelligence and hard work he manifests his dreams and creates a "Paradise" in the american South.
Entered into southern society by serendipity, he's soon regarded as a savvy businessman by the plantation owners. He is introduced to the key plantation family and sparks begin to ignite when he meets the quirky, youngest daughter Amanda. While she is too young, she is nevertheless a precocious influence on the next few years of his life as he builds his future and she grows to womanhood. It's particularly fun to read the romance kindling between them as she is protected yet awakened...
There are multiple plot twists involving Mandy's family escapades and Nicholas's blockade running as the Civil War comes closer. Nicholas's family and various other characters have important roles as well, but I won't give away all of the story here - you'll have to read it! It's worth it!
Of course, the issue of slavery is woven through the story. I felt that it was addressed cleanly, but it didn't take over the story. Nicholas was realistic, yet characteristically a heroic inspiration to plantation slaves. The way this is written, makes the subject matter much easier to read than might be expected.
The story of Nicholas and Mandy is a true coming of age story set into the innocence and harsh realities of pre civil war in the South. With sexy play, tender romance and historical grandeur, It's the kind of story Virginia Henley does so very well.