In 1772 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, they’re determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, conventions 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 harsh and 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.
To keep her family together and save the plantation that is her last chance at providing for them, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?
I’m looking forward to a new series by Lisa t. Bergren. I’m happy to have the opportunity to review this novel for Litfuse Publicity.
What would possess three young women to give up their comfortable lives and travel to the West Indies in the late 18th century? Lisa T. Bergren looks at the reasons and the consequences in an intriguing new series called The Sugar Baron’s Daughters.
Lady Keturah, resolved to never marry again, has focused her life on her sisters and her father’s business. When she learns the overseer of their far-off sugar plantation has died, she decides she needs to go to Nevis and revitalize the property. Her sisters insist on accompanying her but, the truth is, they have no idea of what they are getting into. It is due, mostly, to a family friend fortuitously traveling to the same destination that they experience any success at all.
Keturah, the book, makes for uncomfortable reading at times. There are some tense moments as Keturah, the woman, experiences life on the island, the weather, and other plantation owners. There’s a sense of “this is the way it’s always been done,” that she has to counter, and there are scenes of violence against her, her family, and her workers. Keturah owns personal slaves, which I found repulsive, but this is probably a realistic representation of a woman in her position. What struck me is that she seems to think that her slaves were better off than the Nevis slaves, possibly because hers were born into their situation in England and served inside.
I do wonder where the series will go from here. Since the series implies a focus on the sisters, I would presume Verity would be the subject of the next novel as she is next in age. But is her heart already taken? There are unanswered questions, however, and it will be interesting to see when and how they are answered.
Thank you to Bethany House and Litfuse Publicity for my complimentary copy of Keturah, which I received for my honest review.
This review is part of a Litfuse Publicity Book Tour
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Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 06 February 2018
Page Count: 352