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Born in the Briar Patch [Paperback]

Bev Clarke

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Book Description

May 25 2009
The pretty young housemaid Nellie Peterkin catches the eye of the plantation owner John Bottomsley and at the age of fourteen becomes his mistress. Shortly after she finds out she is pregnant, his wife announces her pregnancy. John Bottomsley forces Nellie into a pact to take her child should his wife have another miscarriage. Emily Bottomsley grows up believing she is the daughter of John and Sarah Bottomsley. Just after marrying a British lawyer, she becomes pregnant and gives birth to a child who is obviously not Caucasian and whom her mother immediately banishes from the plantation. Confused by this strange thing that has taken hold of her life, Emily turns to her nanny's mother for answers and the strange phenomenon of 'Striking Back' is explained to the bewildered young woman.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 476 pages
  • Publisher: Booksurge Publishing (May 25 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439232474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439232477
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,229,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born on the island of Barbados and educated at St. Michael's Girls' School, the author immigrated to Canada in 1969 and shortly after joined Air Canada as a Stewardess. After eighteen years in this position, she moved to Germany where she lived for thirteen years. In 2003, she wrote her first novel, Am I my Brother's keeper, which has been re-written under a new title, The Second Heartbeat. Also to her credit is the novel Black Pearls and her latest work, "Born in the Briar Patch," with the sequel, "Under the Flowering Flamboyants" already sent for publishing. She now lives in Oakville, Ontario.

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SpellbindingIf Dec 3 2009
By W. Muller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you like an easy to read yet spellbinding book, which in my case was not easy to put down, then this is the one for you. Aside from giving you an inside look into the post slavery era in the Caribbean, one soon realizes that slavery was abolished in theory only.
The characters in this novel come to life and one instantly shares the emotions each of them go through. The book portrays hope, despair, joy and extreme sadness
but proves that perserverence and love can conquer all.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! Sept. 28 2009
By G. Koolhof - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The title of Bev Clarke's book "Born in the Briar Patch" I found very interesting and I was curious to learn more about what constitutes a Briar Patch.

From the very first paragraph, I was hooked. "The fiery evening sun was setting as the group of bare-footed plantation workers struggled home from a hard day in the fields...with fatigue etched across their faces....shoulders moving to the rhythm of their bodies". Brilliant!

Throughout the book, the author cleverly writes in such a way, the reader can visualize the characters while feeling their emotion, pain, passion and joy, especially during this period of history. The day to day struggles each character faces, again, captured beautifully.

The main character Nellie Peterkin is a strong woman, endures the unspeakable, survives struggle after struggle, makes unbelievable sacrifices, and yet manages to build a commendable life worth living, provide hope to others & escape the Briar Patch.

The book is a must read. I'm curious how long before we see Nelli Peterkin and accompanying characters appear on the big screen at the Toronto Film Festival.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading! Oct. 6 2009
By Timothy Jay Holt - Published on Amazon.com
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I highly recommend Bev Clarke's "Born in the Briar Patch" for anyone seeking to escape into a wonderful, intriguing and often very touching story of triumph over the hard knocks in life and kindness of the soul prevailing through all of the twists and turns that make this piece of literature a true reflection of real life. All of the characters, each with a dynamic and unique personality, will spring to life before your very eyes as your imagination is triggered and indeed nurtured through Clarke's brilliant and very clever writing. The suspense of the story will keep the reader turning page after page in an almost frantic effort to guess how it will all unfold next. They say that literature is life and it will be easy to forget that you are reading fiction as Clarke does an amazing job of carrying the reader through a world of laughter and tears, happiness and sadness and indeed all of the ups and downs that make life what it is. You will not want to put this outstanding story down for a moment!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic for the Caribbean. Aug. 16 2009
By Lorna Doone - Published on Amazon.com
I love a good book and read ALL types of books. I loved this book! This story is so appropriate to so many different people at different times in history. There is a great story being told here of men and women who had no choice for it was the 'norm' of the time. It made me smile and laugh. The characters we can ALL relate to because chances are we know each character in a family member or acquaintance! My heart breaks for poor Nellie, representing all the Nellies of the world. The author made me nostalgic for all things Caribbean. This book is fiction (?)but can easily be non-fiction. Great read for those who know what a briar patch is and for those who want to know what it is! This would also be appropriate for reading lists of schools.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Slice of Colonial Life Oct. 4 2009
By M. Goodridge - Published on Amazon.com
The book tells the saga of Nellie Peterkin, a housemaid who becomes the mistress of the owner of the plantation that she works at. It spans several decades and not only details the heartache, personal tragedies and triumphs of Nellie but also gives good insight into the social structure of the British West Indies, the treatment of blacks by the whites, and the sexual liasons that continued between "Master" and black women long after the end of slavery.

Well developed characters and an introduction to West Indian life and social norms (many of which still exist today) make "Born In The Briar Patch" a very good and absorbing read.

Highly recommended!

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