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Well-stocked with vibrant details about the merchant trade, this engaging Colonial tale delivers likable heroes, despicable villains, and a strong female protagonist.
Wayne Clark could be the new Jeffrey Archer, another master of the plot. His That Woman: Beating the Odds in Colonial New York is a story that held me in ways I never could have imagined when I started reading. The characters are very compelling, each with a solid background and each born from a powerful conflict. The duel between Sarah and her new lord raises the stakes of the conflict in this novel and the reader becomes very keen to watch how it ends. Here is a story that dramatically captures the spirit of colonialism and slavery, with a masterful handling of the theme of freedom. Readers are taken on a roller coaster ride to colonial New York to witness a drama that will take their breath away. It's utterly mesmerizing and tantalizing.
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
From the Author
- ASIN : B06Y26HJF6
- Publisher : Wayne Clark YUL/NYC (May 2, 2017)
- Publication date : May 2, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1150 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 455 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,154,340 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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They survive a harrowing sea voyage, and Sarah is forced into the service of a brutal wealthy merchant. This merchant sexually abuses Sarah for nearly three years, until she holds a knife to his throat and intimidates him into setting her free, giving her a home, and inventory so she can start a business.
Though she has some success, reunites with Jacob, and establishes close friendships, the merchant continues to threaten her. Sarah is an amazing young woman who fights for her rights, stands up to injustice, and becomes a successful entrepreneur, rare for a woman of her time. The book also covers a period of colonial American history that I knew little about. If you enjoy historical novels and intelligent, resourceful and resilient women, you will love this book.
“Throughout their lives Sarah and Jacob came to believe they were never truly ready for what happened next.”
Once one is past that, though, the book is quickly engaging, and I was impressed with Clark’s writing skill. Scenes were vivid without being overly descriptive, dialogue was credible, history accurate, the the best of my knowledge anyway (it’s not a period regards which I can claim any personal expertise).
Since the book is well-written and kept me entertained from almost-start to almost-finished (the first and last few pages didn’t captivate me), I’d like to give this five stars, but must drop a star for two things:
One is that our protagonist is an unmoderated Mary-Sue; she can read and write perfectly in an array of languages, charm anyone she meets of any age, gender, or background, is not afraid of anyone ever, literally takes what amounts to a mob boss down with a knife to his neck — I thought it was a metaphor when I read the blurb — strategises like a general, commands the immediate respect of everyone from slaves to aristocrats despite being a poor jewess in a racist and sexist time, and so forth — simply put, she has no flaws. Not one. Add to this that most of the supporting characters are caricatures, and the ones that aren’t are quite empty of character, and I can’t give the book five stars.
The other thing perhaps stems from Sarah’s Mary-Sueness; I believe the trope name is “God Mode Sue”, that is to say that not only is Sarah flawless and skilled beyond reason, she’s also lucky to the point of absurdity. Beyond two incidents — her initial kidnap and later, the arson of her warehouse — absolutely everything that could go right, went right. There were so very many opportunities for calamity, but every possible source of tension was ignored in favour of the stars aligning perfectly every time to get exactly the result expected, if not better.
The ending left me a touch unfulfilled; not only did it seem a quick wrap-up of all loose ends, it missed one; I had spent the book wondering if their father had sold them into indentures (he went to the docks with them to find a deal in his desperation; they are then kidnapped and taken away to be sold), and this was never addressed, or even questioned by the usually genius-level thinker Sarah.
However! As I say, the book is well-written and give or take the first and last few pages, I enjoyed the ride very much along the way, so I’d certainly recommend the book to anyone in search of the escapism such a novel can provide.
Top reviews from other countries
We meet Sarah Da Silva, a 17 year old that finds her brother and herself losing their mother to a sudden illness. If that wasn't enough to cope with her father who is a merchant becomes frail and bankruptcy becomes ever more likely by the day. Set in Bordeaux France her father finds himself, one rainy night, scouring the docks to make a final bid to save his family. However, Sarah and her brother get kidnapped and forced to board a ship to N.Y. City where they become separated and sold to the highest bidder for slave labour. Sarah is purchased by a not so nice merchant with wealth and a team of henchmen following his every command, which allows him to get away with anything on the East Docks. With a secret that could bring the Merchant to his crooked knees, warns Sarah that she's not seen the last of him.
An intense action read that anyone would find enjoyable. Great job.
France in 1748. On the docks of France, they have been learning the merchant
business and helping their merchant father. That is, until they are
kidnapped by a merchant ship bound for New York. In New York, they are
separated and sold to the highest bidders. There, they must work off their
indentures to pay for their passages. The sister and brother don't see each
other again for three years.
Against all the odds in colonial New York, Sarah overcomes the hardships set
upon her by her evil master and, after gaining her freedom, she prevails
through many of her own hardships. Sarah is a strong woman and thrives
through her sheer willpower, perseverance, and wits.
Sarah and Jacob never see their father or France again, but their lives in
colonial New York creates lasting friendships and hard-won personal
Author Wayne Clark has mastered the art of writing an impressive and
empowering story in That Woman. The story has a multitude of intriguing
characters, it's riveting, a page turner, and wonderfully well written.