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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Touchstone (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743272544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743272544
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book, like many of Phillipa Gregory's books, is an excellent read; engrossing and interesting. I took this one on vacation to Barbados with me and was quite surprised when the story of the book followed along with my travels e.g. the slave trade/sugar trade. Each character in the book was individually interesting, although often not likeable. A thoroughly enjoyable read. I highly recommend it.
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By lawyeraau TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 7 2009
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This is an intriguing book by the author, with a story line that is simple enough. Frances Scott, an impoverished thirty-four year old, gently reared daughter of a cleric, is left to fend for herself by her dead father. Her uncle, Lord Scott, has been assisting her and has found her work as a governess, a job that she loathes. When an upstart tradesman, Josiah Cole, proposes matrimony, she jumps at the chance. It is a marriage of the utmost convenience.

What she does not know is that her husband and his spinster sister, Sarah, trade in slaves, as well as other commodities. When a shipment of slaves comes in, Frances is expected to train the slaves to be servants that can then be sold to wealthy families. After all, having an African servant was all the rage in late eighteenth century England. Her instruction of her captives is a slow process, giving Frances an opportunity to get to know her slaves and the cruelties that have been inflicted upon them. She is, however, without resources to help them.

Along the way, she falls in love with Mehuru, her major domo, and he with her. Therein lies the rub. In eighteenth century England, it was unheard of for a lady of gentle breeding to do so, and Frances has not the strength to follow her heart. Meanwhile, her ambitious husband is oblivious to all that is going on in his household, and involves himself in one scheme after another, trusting on some new found friendships that are suspicious at best. When he finds that his "friends" have merely taken him for a ride, all hell breaks loose.

Much of the dialogue between Frances and Mehuru is pretty laughable, reading like a bad Harlequin romance. Their love affair simply does not ring true.
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I found this book absolutely fascinating. As usual, Philippa Gregory gives us an extraordinarily realistic and unusual insight into an historical period. She makes us live an historical moment through the details of everyday life and everyday people. The plot is captivating, with a good portrait of characters and situations. The story is daring,very illuminating on a particular and tragic social phenomenon. Very original and revealing picture of a tragic time in our history.
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