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Rose Hall's White Witch: The Legend of Annie Palmer [Paperback]

Mike Henry

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Book Description

April 1 2005
"There have been many versions of this Legend of Rose Hall - some good, some not so good - but this one is definitely the best...this is what happens when history and the best of fiction meet." 'Rose Hall's White Witch: The Legend of Annie Palmer' crafts the truths of slavery with the age-old stories of one of the most memorable characters in Jamaica's history - Annie Palmer. The themes of betrayal, romance, love and mystery underpin this epic drama - the bewitching plantation owner, Annie Palmer, the beautiful and determined slave girl, Millie, the handsome and sophisticated John Rutherford caught in the middle - a torrid love story set in the steamy climate of the tropics.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: LMH Publishers (April 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9768184809
  • ISBN-13: 978-9768184801
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #297,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars My rating needs some explaining... Dec 29 2010
By William E. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just got back from a cruise to Jamaica, and my wife and I toured the Rose Hall Plantation, a restored "great house" that was the centerpiece of a sugar cane empire near Montego Bay, from about 1750 to 1870. The selling point for this tourist attraction is the legend of Annie Palmer, mistress of the home and boss of the business in the first three decades of the 19th century. The legend claims the white woman was a witch, skilled in voodoo, sexually voracious, and possibly killed her first three husbands and got away with it. She was also reputed to be extra cruel to slaves with attitude, yet not adverse to taking some of the male slaves to her bedroom. Annie was killed in 1831 in a slave rebellion, and is buried on the grounds. "They" say she haunts the place. It's a good yarn, can't be disproven, and while probably little of it is true except the cruelty to human property, this book presents a fictional version of the last several months of Annie's life. Frankly, the quality of the writing is pretty low: grammatical errors abound, and sentence structure is awkward at best. However, having seen the home, heard the guide's narrative, and fallen under the spell a bit of its beautiful setting on a hillside, I am glad to have read the book. It would make a fascinating film in the right hands. The author seems to be pretty credible in his descriptions of plantation life, slavery's evils, the sugar and rum businesses of the era, and the hardships even for the powerful white landowners. His explanations of voodoo also appear believable. Whether the widow Palmer was really a quick seducer of her male employees, and those employees quickly provided with the the fringe benefits of slave girls to do their laundry and cooking and bed-sharing, is debatable. I give the book only one star for presentation, since the manuscript seems never to have encountered even a minimally skilled copy editor, but as a potential movie outline, it's got all the action, melodrama and suspense one would desire. If you ever get to Montego Bay, don't miss the Rose Hall tour. It will give you a couple of hours of harmless fun, and a peek at a bygone world and its luxuries. One of the more interesting aspects to me was that the late Johnny and June Cash, whose winter home was only five minutes away, donated a couple of pieces of fine old furniture to the restoration, and performed a concert out front to raise funds for it. The curent owners of Rose Hall also bought the Cash home after Johnny's death.
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a disappintment if you really want to know the story about the White Witch Dec 2 2013
By Michele - Published on Amazon.com
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Was a little disappointed, I thought there would be more about Annie Palmer. I keep reading,waiting for the story to tell me something about her and it never really did say to much about her at all, which is why I bought the book in the first place. We recently went to Jamacia and heard talk of the White Witch, so I looked up the book to find out more about her story and actually got more from the Jamacians.
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Sept. 22 2013
By johnflynn - Published on Amazon.com
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I could NOT put this book down. I normally read about 2 books per month, however I read this book in about 3 days!! It was sooo GOOD.....every character, every scene, every event "took me there". The thing that made this book SOOO real for me was because my wife and I visited the mansion and took the tour while vacationing in Jamaica. I saw the rooms, the fields, the gardens, the nearby roads, etc. etc. After talking to the tour guide and then reading the book, I appreciated the realism captured in the author's story telling. Trust me, this is book will keep your interest and entice imagination.
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT SO HOT Feb. 13 2013
By Lynda Wolfe - Published on Amazon.com
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Disappointing. Very little written about Annie Palmer and why she became the evil person she was. No mention of the slaves she bedded and killed. Punctuation, when present, was misplaced and distracting.
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read Sept. 19 2012
By James White - Published on Amazon.com
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Mike Hall does a great job of bringing the characters to life and telling this true store. However, as someone who has a dozen Jamaican stamps on my passport, I was looking forward to reading about the land, customs, smells and other items which help raise a good story to a memorable book! Unfortunately, my impression is Mike Henry has not spent a lot of time on the ground around Rose Hall (maybe he has... just dosn't feel like it). It is still a good story and interesting read.

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