Saturday, March 24, 2018

Keturah by Lisa T. Bergren

Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson is the oldest of the Banning sisters and determined to provide for them after the death of her father, a sugar baron in the West Indies. Her childhood friend, Gray Covington, also intends to cross the Atlantic and rebuild his father's plantation on Nevis, conveniently located near Keturah's inheritance. However, in the years since their childhood friendship, Keturah has suffered greatly at the hands of a man and has no intention of being beholden to one. Ever. Still, Keturah and her sisters are unaware of all that awaits them on Nevis and Gray seems to be her only option for an ally. Will Keturah and Gray ever share more than adjacent land and crops? Can Keturah accept healing from the one who knows her in the depth of her soul? Read more in Keturah by Lisa T. Bergren.

Keturah is the first novel in The Sugar Baron's Daughters series by Lisa T. Bergren. The story line caught my attention nearly as quickly as the novel's stunning cover did. The gentle love story between Keturah and Gray ebbed and flowed as circumstances, perhaps Providence, led them toward a joint future. However, between all the topics addressed in the novel (status of women, infidelity, slavery, domestic abuse, etc.) and the overarching question of how Keturah's endeavor will turn out, the love story felt less prevalent than I would have liked. But that's just my personal taste.

Overall, Keturah by Lisa T. Bergren is a good read, but I'm not sure if I will read this again. Readers looking for a tale with a strong female protagonist pitted against unexpected odds will enjoy this book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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