Keturah by Lisa T Bergren
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?
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A story about three sisters, genteel English ladies, heading to the Caribbean islands in the 1770s, back in the day when young ladies just didn’t do that! This premise intrigued me right away! Keturah, as the oldest sister, had to make decisions for the family, and the only way she could see to keep any of their family’s possessions was to go to their land in the West Indies and oversee the crops herself. What was unheard of was the fact that this was something that only men did, ladies didn’t even consider going there.
Keturah had already experienced one marriage, in which she was treated badly by her husband, and now she has determined to never let herself love another man. So she doesn’t even think about letting a man take over for her.
I love historical fiction, especially when it’s about unusual settings for that time period. I enjoy learning about those times by reading fiction. This book is a fun way to take in some of that time period. It’s light, easy reading, and I am enjoying it!
The cover is simply beautiful! The light, the colors, everything about it almost seems to glow. This is a book that I would have chosen to read just by looking at the cover, because it is so attractive.
One thing I’ve been trying to picture as I was reading, here are these three sisters, headed for the West Indies on a ship of those days. And they took along enough “stuff” to take up about half of the ship. Yes, they paid for it, but the ship’s crew didn’t appreciate them. First, ladies didn’t belong on ships, and then second, all that expensive (probably lots of impractical) stuff, along for the ride.
I’m still reading this book, haven’t finished yet, so don’t know what all is still going to happen to them. I anticipate seeing how they begin to set up their home on this primitive island, going from the very specific rules that England had in those days, that had to be upheld in order for young ladies to be proper, to doing what needed to be done to survive in that uncivilized island paradise.
Yes, it’s very intriguing.
Oh, and I forgot to mention Gray. I’m sure he will turn out to be the hero, at this point in the story, that part does feel a bit predictable. I just don’t know how it all will play out, especially given the fact that Keturah has made up her mind about him already. They were childhood friends, but then he turned out to be a ladies man. Now, he says he’s changed, will she be willing to give him a chance? She’s going to have to a complete change of heart….
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