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The Summer Country: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, June 4, 2019
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“In this evocative family saga, The Summer Country, Willig sweeps the reader away to the heartbreak of colonial Barbados, where love across the color line is forbidden, and the repercussions of slavery’s cruelty echoes through the generations. Bold and beautifully told, with unexpected twists, the puzzle pieces fit together with a satisfying click. Brava!” -- Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of My Dear Hamilton
“Lauren Willig’s The Summer Country is a sumptuous read, evoking M.M. Kaye’s lush and sweeping tales of nineteenth century colonial life. I read The Summer Country slowly—doling out exquisite chapters one at a time—because there are too few books written today that harken back to that delicious way of storytelling that doesn’t rush things just to keep up with modern trends. I would count this one as a new classic and encourage every reader who cares about quality writing to quickly add this one to their list of to-be-favorites.” -- Camille Di Maio, author of The Beautiful Strangers
“So steeped in Caribbean culture, my hands were sweating while turning the pages. Lauren Willig has ventured to story territory near and dear to my heart. The Summer Country is a daring, meticulously researched narrative of complicated love. A hot summer read for historical fiction fans!” -- Sarah McCoy, New York Times bestselling author of Marilla of Green Gables
“Tense, atmospheric, and gorgeously written, The Summer Country is a novel to savor!”
-- Kate Quinn, author of The Huntress
“I’ve been waiting for a book like this to come along: an epic family saga simmering with secrets, gorgeously told. Lauren Willig brings her exotic island setting to life with such exquisite sensory detail I lost myself completely. It’s a story to be savored, a book you will keep on your shelf to read again and again. The Summer Country is a masterpiece.” -- Jamie Brenner, bestselling author of Drawing Home
From the Back Cover
The New York Times bestselling historical novelist delivers her biggest, boldest, and most ambitious novel yet—a sweeping, dramatic Victorian epic of lost love, lies, jealousy, and rebellion set in colonial Barbados
Barbados, 1954: Emily Dawson has always been the poor cousin in a prosperous English merchant clan—merely a vicar’s daughter, and a reform-minded vicar’s daughter at that. Everyone knows that the family’s lucrative shipping business will go to her cousin, Adam, one day. But when her grandfather dies, Emily receives an unexpected inheritance: Peverills, a sugar plantation in Barbados—a plantation her grandfather never told anyone he owned.
When Emily accompanies her cousin and his new wife to Barbados, she finds Peverills a burnt-out shell, destroyed in 1816, when a rising of enslaved people sent the island up in flames. Rumors swirl around the derelict plantation; people whisper of ghosts.
Why would her practical-minded grand-father leave her a property in ruins? Why are the neighboring plantation owners, the Davenants, so eager to acquire Peverills? The answer lies in the past—a tangled history of deception, greed, clandestine love, heartbreaking betrayal, and a bold bid for freedom.A brilliant, multigenerational saga that begins in the years of slavery and riches and ends in a time of industry and new beginnings, The Summer Country boldly unravels the legacy of two powerful families, and the secret ties that bind them.
- Publisher : William Morrow (June 4, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062839020
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062839022
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.45 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #575,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author does an amazing job of lassoing the reader back to the 19th century. The descriptions are as rich as the silks and ruffles the ladies wore. I could hear the gallop of horse hooves, and see lit lanterns in the darkness.
I really couldn't predict the plot surprises that sprung up, like threatened cobras. Willig does a superb job of addressing the immorality of slavery without being too heavy-handed, while moving her characters throughout the story, like a masterful chess player.
Lauren Willig’s detailed descriptions and thoroughly researched topics of slavery, sugar islands, medical practices, and the nineteenth-century race relations make this a five star read for the Grateful Reader.