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?
The worst feeling when reading a book is this feeling. “I cannot get into this book.” Sadly with this one I could not stay interested. I guess I would say it was the main character that made me dislike this book. Come on Gray, you could have done better. Someone like Keturah would not have just up and left for the West Indies. I guess that was one of the biggest parts that annoyed me. Females in that time period did not do that, unless they were being kicked out of society because of a scandal. She would have had more thought for what people would have thought of her and her sisters and what her family would have to deal with after she left. Oh, and her being mad that someone told Gray to look after them, was ridiculous. She would have known that that is what was done in that time. One last thing, Keturah’s sister would not have agreed so quickly to go. There is such thing as sisterly love but then there are some limits. The two girls would not have agreed without a fight.
I am ranting and I am sorry about that, but this book was not at all believable. I have read other books by Lisa T. Bergren and did not mind them but this one let me down. Sorry for the negative review. If Bergren is your favorite author then you actually might like this book but sadly I did not. I am hoping her next books are a better. I hope this review does not discourage you from not reading any of her books because I will probably read them when they come out. I guess this one was not my cup of tea.
Author and her website: Lisa T. Bergren
I received this book from the Bethany House Publishing of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.
This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.