Keturah: Book Review

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I loved Keturah (The Sugar Baron’s Daughters) it had adventure, conflict, and love. Set in a era where society would frown upon women traveling across the sea unescorted and running a plantation, I found myself cheering on the three sisters  who were sure to accomplish what they set their mind to, although not an easy task.

It brought back memories of when my two sisters and I traveled to Mexico as missionaries and faced culture shocked but then made it our home. Although our parents were leading us there, my sisters and I formed a tight bond and learned a lot of lives’ lessons there about humility, living  without water at times and other necessities.

Keturah, in the story struggles to trust anyone outside her sisters, especially men since she was the survival of a deceased husband who verbally and physically abused her. There were many triggers throughout the book that brought back memories and emotions she struggled to leave it in God’s hands.  This made me understand a lot of the decisions and actions she took, since I too know the familiarity of an abusive relationship and the damage that continues long after you’ve walked away.

Aside from connecting with her, it was absolutely interesting to learn about early agriculture in the West Indies, Island life, and the author is great story teller.

I love to read historical and authors notes at the end of the books, although I usually don’t comment on them in my reviews. However I was moved by author Lisa T. Bergren’s words, and felt it just to reveal the kindness in her heart. After she wrote about the historical facts and her feelings on the treatment of slaves at the time, she apologized if she triggered unwanted emotions to anyone who’s been abused. She thought it important to offer hope through this story and added that God is our refuge and wants to see us loved well and unhurt. That he longs to gives renewed vision and direction. She offered links and a book titled to anyone who may be needing the support. I will kindly post them in the comments if anyone is interested. For now here is the product description 🙂 Keturah (The Sugar Baron’s Daughters)

Description

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?

 

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