I’ve been on a little bit of a Lisa Bergren kick lately. I read one of her books for the first time a few weeks ago and fell in love with her style. After taking an Eastern Caribbean Cruise with one stop at a British West Indies island at the end of January, I knew I had to read Keturah next. In this first installment in the Sugar Baron’s Daughter Series, three sisters leave their home in England to revive their deceased father’s sugar plantation on the island of Nevis. I think this is Lisa’s best book yet. Totally swoon worthy!
Keturah is the main character, eldest daughter and widower of an abusive husband who left her a substantial inheritance. The thing I loved about Ket was her determination to defy the odds, care for her sisters and most of all, being real. On the island, she learned of things that shocked her and caused her shame and anger (like seeing slaves bought at the auction block, finding out about her father’s mistress, etc.) At the end of the book, Ket was a very different person and I admire how the author grew her character throughout the story.
Now, onto island life! I loved how the author depicted life on the island in Nevis. As someone who has visited several of the Caribbean islands, Ket’s story really brought to life what my imagination could only dream about over stops during cruises. During Ket’s story, the book went over what kind of life plantation owners and slaves could have lived on the island and the process of growing sugar. I don’t why, but I always get so excited when an author takes the time to weave in the extra detail of how people actually grew sugar cane in that time period. The scenes where the characters were out in the field planting are some of my favorites. If you’re looking to learn something new and unique, this book will definitely do that!
Conclusion: No matter where I travel too, learning about the culture and history is always important to me. In the Caribbean, it can be a little tricky, because there are not many books in this genre with such a setting. Keturah takes the era, growing sugar and social barriers in the Caribbean to the next level by showing what plantation life could have been like in the 1700’s Caribbean. I’ve never read a book like it! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a unique read in Historical Fiction, or, an addition to the “Around The World In 80 Books” reading challenge. And if you’re going cruising, this is a must read… 😉