Monday, March 19, 2018

Review: Keturah by Lisa T. Bergren

About the book:
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, 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?

My rating:
4 stars
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My thoughts:

Keturah is the first book in Lisa T. Bergren's The Sugar Baron's Daughters series and, after reading a couple not-so-positive reviews when starting the book,  I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy the story. But, I kept reading and I'm so glad I did! The writing style was very easy to read and I had no problem following the story (I think this was due to the author making the language a bit more contemporary).

I liked the characters pretty much right away and the romance was nice. Keturah's sisters are great and I am eager to read their stories. I think the one already met her love interest in this story and it looks like that will be a great tale. :)

All in all, I enjoyed Keturah. There was a tiny portion of the book where my interest waned, but other than that it was a good book. However, if you are a history buff you might find some issues in the story. I'm not bothered by stuff like that usually, but I just thought I would mention that others had trouble with the historical aspects.

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  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  2. I also read and reviewed KETURAH and am wondering what promoted you to comment "if you are a history buff you might find some issues in the story." I love history and was not familiar with the sugar plantation or Carribean history so I was just wondering.

    1. Just that some of my fellow reader friends had problems with some historical aspects. They listed several things, but one of them was how the word "sissy" was used when historically it wasn't used until 1840-1850 and this story took place in 1773. Again, I didn't personally have a problem with the story, but because friends of mine did I wanted to mention that. Thanks for asking, Vera!


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