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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.
Two new slaves were brought to the Morley Plantation, one was a 17 year old girl names Catalina, the other was a very young boy named Adam. Catalina was a very strong girl who was determined to run away as she had done previously on two occasions. Charles was very interested in Catalina and started teaching her to read and hoping that she would return his affection. Charles was forced by his father to travel to England and find a suitable wife despite his feeling for Catalina. He met and married an heiress named Dianne who also happened to own the estate next to his.
This story follows the lives of the people on the Morley Estate as well as bringing to you the history of Jamaica. You will be introduced to a group of runaway slaves, called Maroons, who had signed a treaty with the British to be left alone to live freely. The British eventually broke this treaty and battles between the Maroons and the British ensued.
This is a powerful and intriguing story that will keep you totally engaged. The characters are so well defined and the backdrop for the story so descriptive you will feel as if you are there. You will not only be invested in the characters but also the history and background of the people.
It is also important to mention the tremendous amount of research that the Author has put into this story. George Hamilton is a powerful writer and storyteller, he has managed to capture the background and essence of the people combined with the historical reality of the times to present a truly compelling and powerful story.
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.