I will be watching for more books by this author. Perhaps a sequel that will portray Esme in a stronger light!!
I picked this book up, was hooked, and read it in one day. A 5 star read for me!!
The grand old plantation, Belle Vie, was brought to life with the author's words. I could see the river, the cottages and old schoolhouse, the old oaks and weeping willows, the hydrangeas, the haunting presence of the slave quarters, the cane fields.
Answers to some questions were hinted at, but slow in coming which kept me engrossed in the story....wanting all the answers! Especially given the beginning and the discovery of a female migrant workers body on plantation grounds.
Excerpt: "A reminder, really, that Belle Vie, its beauty, was not to be trusted. ......She should have known that one day it would spit out what it no longer had use for, the secrets it would no longer keep."
Caren Gray was an easy character for me to like. Perhaps it was the hardships she endured or because she was a single mother trying her best to raise her nine year old daughter. She was the great, great, great..... granddaughter of slaves who had worked Belle Vie's cane fields and endured through the greatest shame of the south; slavery. Slaves whose history came back to life through re-enactments that were held on the plantation along with tours and the hosting of events. She had been raised on Belle Vie, the daughter of the plantation cook, the playmate of the Clancy's sons Raymond and Bobby, especially Bobby, until the difference in their circumstances became too much to maintain the childhood friendships.
Her nine year old daughter Morgan was a handful who harbored a resentment because of the absence of her father. It seemed from the beginning that Morgan knew a lot more about the inner workings of the employees than her mother gave her credit for. Once again, Caren's return to the plantation and employment was a mystery particularly given the hints that she had been impatient to leave and never return.
As the story progressed, the tensions mounted until the answers were revealed. Some were jaw dropping for me and I debated giving this book 4 stars instead of 5 only because I disagreed with Caren's final decision.
All in all, this story kept me entranced until the final page. I haven't gotten so wrapped up in a book for quite a while and am anxious to read more by this author!
How do I describe this book? It was strange! And the ending? Even stranger!!
Just when I thought I had it figured out, I was surprised again. I totally admire the author's imagination.
This book seriously reinforces the old saying: "There is a fine line between love and hate" and takes it to a whole other dimension.
It is a mind-game; too good to put down-too bad to comprehend, psychologically twisted story!
This is not usually the kind of book I enjoy. In this case, however, I'm not sorry I read it. Can I recommend it? That is a tough question. But I suppose as I try to come up with an answer, I would have to say Yes, Read It! If nothing else, the 'WOW' factor is amazing!!
We all know that book lovers love discussing books and sharing their reading experiences. We're opening discussion rooms on BookLikes where you can create reading groups, book clubs and set up discussions about books you enjoyed.
This is the first version of groups, we'll be constantly improving and releasing new additional features so stay tuned :)
Discussion rooms are added on the top of the page next to Explore, Giveaways, Daily Deals, Goodies and Friends.
Creating group is easy, just fill up the form with name, image, description, rules and tags and hit Create at the bottom of the page.
You are the administrator of the group and it is you who is responsible for keeping your discussion rooms clean, safe and sound.
As an administrator you can:
- set up and remove discussions and particular posts;
- block and unblock members from entering the discussion room;
- remove members from your group.
Please take a look at several rules mentioned on the "Create group" page.
Each BookLikes member can join a given group, set up a discussion or enter existing discussions and add his/her posts.
As a creator of a discussion you can:
- add books to discussion topic; books will be visible in group overview and once you enter a given discussion;
- add your posts.
All information about a given group, its rules, tags and administrator are visible on Group info page.
You cannot add discussion topics or posts if you have not joined the group. But you can read the thread.
We've also prepared several options for discussion notifications.
An administrator of the group has the following options: All (mail and notifications), notifications only or none for new members and new discussions. Options for administrator are available on Group info page.
An administrator and each member of a group can set up new posts notifications on particular discussion page. The notification option are visible just under the discussion topic on Discussion Page.
So now get ready for discussion and book talks :-)
Discussion rooms presented today are in their first version and we'll be developing, improving and adding new features to them so stay tuned and let us know what you think :-)
Here are several things that we will be working on in discussion rooms:
- private groups,
- discussion members' profiles and stats,
- adding books and links to posts in particular discussion,
- adding group moderators by administrator.
Now you can find books without covers on your Shelf and easily add missing book covers to make your shelf look better organized. Select sort by cover in table view of your Shelf and you'll see books with green covers - click on the cover and upload cover image.
Sometimes when you are anticipating a book from a beloved author you set your sights too high. I think that's what happened with this book. I loved "Wildflower Hill" so, but this story just didn't draw me in the same way. Maybe it was just me, so try it yourself. I'll be anxious to see what other GR friends think!!