Thursday, March 1, 2018

Keturah: The Sugar Baron's Daughters #1 by Lisa T. Bergren [Review & Giveaway]

My thoughts: I have not previously read a story set in the locale and time period that the story of Keturah occurs. Trusting the author's skillful research into the conditions of people on the island, the culture of the time, the need for a woman to overcome insurmountable odds and succeed, I found the events and characters interesting and challenging to read about as they went about living the untenable life that awaited these ladies born to class and title.

This promises to be an very interesting series. Keturah has two sisters and I don't know if they are the other "sugar baron's daughters" to be featured in the series or if others are on the horizon.

The dark history of the Caribbean island and importation of slaves and the brutal treatment of them is hard to read, but it is in the story. The total disrespect for the individuality and worth of a woman by the island plantation owners and men on the island in general is hard to comprehend.

The interaction of Keturah and her sisters is lovely and really good to see. The way they deal with the slaves on their own plantation is refreshing in light of the overall darkness that is written into the story.

Certainly worth the read!

About the book: 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?
Begins February 20
Ends March 12 @ 12:01 a.m. EST
Open to USA addresses only.
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse Publicity Group on behalf of Bethany House Publishers and the author to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own and are freely given.


  1. Not much...tho I have learned more about how it is processed by researching Sucanat.

  2. I am very interested in this book.

  3. I really don't know anything about sugar cane growing.


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