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Charles Morley, son of one of the British plantation owners, believed that if conditions were kept reasonable for their black slaves and punishments weren’t severe, he could get more work out of them than being whipped harshly. He even was teaching a few to read. One day his father brought home two new slaves, a handsome Black girl, Catalina about seventeen years old and a young boy, Adam. Catalina had run away twice from her former masters and she was just waiting for the chance to do so again. She intuited that Charles wanted her the first time he saw her, but he wanted her to come to him of her own volition. It was his intention to educate her to the point, that he could marry her and she could run his household. His father was determined that Charlie would marry a British heiress and he would own and manage both estates. His father took Charles to England, where he finally settled on an English girl, Dianne, whose father owned the adjacent estate, and he married her before returning home.
However, it was his intention to make Catalina his true wife and he managed to sidestep consummating his marriage with his new wife and took Catalina to bed. After some time, Dianne was kidnapped by a Maroon, a powerful, handsome, Black, who brought sexual desire to the forefront in Dianne’s life. She was released and returned home to Charles. She knew Charles was sleeping with Catalina, but couldn’t stop it. Charles impregnated both of the young women about the same time. And this is a very poignant feature of this story,
The story encompasses the history of Jamaica and the battles between the British and the Maroons when the British broke their treaty. There is much history, cultural background, passion and violence so that the story never gets stale or dull. I loved this tale.
I received a complimentary copy of Road to Rebellion for an honest review.
It's full of action, excitingly told and the birth of the babies is particularly memorable and significant in the story. There was a lot of history in the text but it was necessary to the story and I didn’t find it intrusive. I began by like Dianna’s character very much then being turned off her by her attitudes, though I suspect they were common at that time. I also found my view of who was a weak and who was a strong character shifted as I went through the story. I was engaged by it all the way through and can really recommend it.
The story starts when Charles is a young man and falls in love with Catalina a slave girl. His father is not happy and sends him off to London to find a wife, which he does. He has a child by both his wife and his love, but obviously there are complications and so the family story weaves along the years.
I really enjoyed this sprawling story. I learned a bit of history, although I preferred the family saga part of this tale, rather than the historical warring parts.
As with the other books by this author, we get to see how the poor live in a time and part of the world we'd not want to imagine. However, this story is not sad or depressing, just a good tale.
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