- File Size: 4168 KB
- Print Length: 212 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Press (June 19, 2018)
- Publication Date: June 19, 2018
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075WBY4TW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,249 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The main character, Eliza, is a woman ahead of her time in terms of women having choices and leading independent lives. While there's the theme of her choosing between two men running throughout the book, there's much going on in the story that drives her decision. I really enjoyed learning about Miami in the initial stages of its being settled, and about the Everglades. Even then, money-hungry men wanted to drain the Everglades and build, build, build. Scoundrels abound in the book, but those like Eliza who care about the consequences of greed, fight the good fight that gives the story tension and conflict. For Eliza, the fact that draining the Everglades will lead to the displacement of the Seminole Tribe, with whom she has a strong bond as a teacher of the Tribe children, is most disturbing. But the author doesn't shy away from the resulting harshness of settling the area. It's obvious she did a great deal of historical research that bolsters the authenticity of the events that occur in the story.
The hurricane that tears through their lives reveals more than just the destruction of land and property. Conspiracies are uncovered, infusing even more intrigue, and that intrigue kept me turning the pages to the ultimately satisfying ending. I look forward to the next book in the Glory Land series by this author!
As we read about this fictional family, we also read about Miami. This novel is a portrayal of that city, rising from its roots as a swamp land to its development of becoming a major city. Set in the beginning of the 20th century, we read how Flagler brought the railroad down to Florida, how the Everglades were re-navigated and the property was bought, developed and the Seminoles eventually lost their land. It was a most interesting and enjoyable book, especially since I live near Miami and have learned a few new facts (other than Ponce de Leon looking for the fountain of youth...I'm looking for it too). I haven't read the first book, not knowing anything about it, but will be reading it now with my eye to the future looking forward to the last book in this trilogy.
My thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.