We’ve finished the third month of the Unlocking the Past 2022 Reading Challenge: Around the World. This month we traveled to the Caribbean, and my choice of story was Keturah by Lisa T. Bergren. Once you read my review, don’t forget to comment to be entered for your chance to win a copy. Interested in other Caribbean reads? Among the Reads has a great list here: https://amongthereads.net/book-setting/caribbean/

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by Lisa T. Bergren

I’ll have to admit, this one was a heavier read than I expected. I enjoyed it, but it was not a relaxing read for me. Keturah faced many challenges both past and present and was surrounded by a hard-to-watch culture of slavery. It is good as a reader to see these things and have a better understanding of the suffering endured at the hand of greed, but probably not my best choice read while already stressed out. Keturah handled it all with grace though, and her struggles were believably dealt with. I enjoyed the read, despite being stressed as I read it, but I probably would have enjoyed it more at a different period of life when not quite so stressed already. There were heavy topics addressed: slavery, marital abuse, and an affair, although the affair was lightly touched upon.

I recommend this story to those who enjoy true-to-life stories of struggle, slavery, recovery from abuse, light-touch romances with gentle heroes, and stories set in exotic locations and times.

Genre: Historical Romance, 1770s Caribbean Islands

Plot Overview:

In 1773 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the heiresses of their father’s estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage.

Although it flies against all the conventions for women of the time, they’re determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, proper gender roles are the least of their concerns. On the infamous island of Nevis, the sisters discover the legacy of the legendary sugar barons has vastly declined–and that’s just the start of what their eyes are opened to in this unfamiliar world.

Keturah never intends to put herself at the mercy of a man again, but every man on the island seems to be trying to win her hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. She could desperately use an ally, but even an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend leaves her questioning his motives.

Set on keeping her family together and saving her father’s plantation, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?

What I loved: As hard as it was to read, I really appreciated the view of life for the black population of the Caribbean islands and what they endured. Fiction is always good for helping us to understand the plight of others.

Favorite Character and Why: Verity. I am really looking forward to her story. She seemed steady, owned a falcon, and she knew her mind.

Who would like this? I recommend this story to those who enjoy true-to-life stories of struggle, slavery, recovery from abuse, light-touch romances with gentle heroes, and stories set in exotic locations and times.



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