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- Print Length: 320 pages
- Publisher: Lion Fiction; New edition edition (June 19, 2020)
- Publication Date: June 19, 2020
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0862DSHR4
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Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: General Fiction (adult), Historical fiction
A dual POV novel, in the present Rachel is researching the history of a wreck, a ship she believes to be a slave ship, and then we see the past, where Abigail Fenton is the wife of the ship's owner.
Its an interesting story, Rachel isn't just learning about the ship's history but examining her own. She loves her husband, he loves her, but its a tense relationship, with Rachel not understanding her actions so how on earth can her husband?
I got the feeling this was a tipping point in their marriage, that Rachel had always been a prickly, closed off person, and we see from her relationship with her mother that she doesn't exactly have a loving role model there. It seems to stem from when her adored father died when she was young, but its spilled over and now her marriage is in danger. She doesn't want that but doesn't know how to be the person she wants, open, friendly, loving.
Then back in the past we've Abigail, lovely young lady, adores her husband and he loves her. Typical of the time though they are restricted by society and what's deemed correct. Abigail is unsure of the belief commonly held that slaves are more like animals, her own experiences make her doubt that, putting her in a hard position with her husband and contemporaries. Can she speak out? What about the effect on her family? If she doesn't though what does that make her?
Its a good story, and Rachel is escaping to the past rather than face up to the issues in her present life. It hits back though, events make it so that she needs to take action or lose everything. In a strange parallel Abigail too has to pick a side, contemporaries, friendship, marriage and the accepted view of slaves, or can she voice her opinions, and maybe hope to bring about change in a small way, but risking her marriage and her position in society?
There's a thread of Christianity running through the past, but not in an overbearing way – its something I avoid, but here it fits the story and isn't dominating it. Its was interesting reading about the past, the slaves ( awful trade. One wonders how many really felt as Rachel did inside) and wondering what the future held for the characters involved.
I really felt for James, a good man, but carried along with accepted beliefs until confronted with the harsh truth. For anyone with a conscience that makes things tough, and I felt his struggle. Its easier to think everyone involved in that trade was awful, bigoted, a bully, but James was a gentle man, adored Abigail but initially really didn't see wrong in what he did. Then as facts began to solidify in his mind he was struggling, what to do? Risk everything he had earned? Leave things as they were and live with his conscience? What about Abigail, he can see her actions in a different light now.
Its very complex, being horrified at his actions and then seeing them for his POV.
I loved Antony, Rachel's husband, such an incredibly patient and understanding man and yet eventually he feels he's tried and tried, and needs Rachel to make an effort too. I did feel that for such huge issues as they have, the ending was a little slick, very quickly all those issues were put behind them, when really I felt they would need a huge amount of work. Of course this is bookland, where problems can have quick situations leading to a HEA, but I would have liked a bit more time for them, a little more delving into the issues, and how they were going to get past them. Its simply not possible to have a blinding revelation and say all will be well......
Stars: Four, an interesting read, the abhorrent slave trade looked at through eyes of the time, and of course through Rachel's current day view. I enjoyed the story, just felt the ending was a little too easily fixed and settled.
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I am pleased to recommend her to friends and family and look very much forward to reading "The Emigrants Trilogy", written with Kate Hewitt and currently available on Kindle Unlimited.
Our tale comes to us in the voices of two protagonists, in two different time frames. Sounds complicated, but very well done and easy to follow. We see 1760's Whitehaven through the eyes of Abigail Heywood Fenton. Whitehaven is an Irish Seaport, Copeland district, the administrative county of Cumbria. With the rapid increase of American trade, Cumbria is slowly dwindling as a shipping city, as ships putting out of Glasgow, Scotland had the trade winds in their favor, winds that cut fully twenty days off of the trip to the Americas.
Abigail's new husband James Fenton is the proud owner of two sailing ships, 'The Pearl' and a second ship currently being built in Whitehaven. 'The Fair Lady', will be named for Abigail. The post-wedding trip of 'The Pearl' was disappointing, as American tobacco growers had pre-sold their crops to a single entity. The Pearl sailed into Whitehaven a year after their marriage, carrying only a few sacks of rice and bundles of furs, minus the money crop James was counting on to set himself up as a successful trader and solidify his new family into the middle class. James then sent 'The Pearl' south to join the lucrative triangle of many successful Irish shippers, traveling Whitehaven to the African Coast carrying trinkets and merchandise to barter for slaves, then carrying slaves to the West Indies and southern Gulf Coast, returning to Whitehaven with sugar, rum, and spices. Or so he hopes.
Through the eyes of Rachael Gardener, a marine archeologist working for Bristol's 'Center for Maritime Archaeology', we view modern Cumbria. Rachael grew up in Cumbria but is estranged from her mother. She will, however, take on the job at Whitehaven and make the time to touch base with her mom. A mining company, looking to expand their diggings, has pulled up obvious signs of an ancient shipwreck in the clay sample from their test drill a quarter of a mile off the coast of Whitehaven. Because it is a commercial request time is tight, so Rachael intends to leave right away, something her husband Anthony doesn't understand or care for. Not sure how to breach the ever-growing distance between them, Rachael heads down the coast with a heavy heart.
A lot depends on Rachael's findings on the old shipwreck. Fairly close to shore, it is not in the area of huge rocks further out in the bay where so many shipwrecks lie, and the iron piece found in the drill core could be a part of the equipment used on slave-carrying ships. If it was a slaver, there have been so few found sunken that it would be considered a historical site to be fully explored, as very few have ever been discovered. If it was simply a merchant ship, despite its age, the mining company would be able to continue its plans to expand the mine, destroying the shipwreck site in the process.
And too, Rachael has personal problems to sort out while she is in Cumbria. Her relationships with both her mother and her husband are in jeopardy. She must find a way to breach the silence between them, to salvage her relationships with the two most important people in her world. Or face the prospect to continuing on, all alone...