Litfuse Blog Tour: Keturah (The Sugar Baron's Daughters, #1) by Lisa T. Bergren
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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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First things first, Lisa Bergren can write literally anything and I want to read it. I've enjoyed her YA books, her Grand Tour romances, her westerns, and now her Caribbean set series has captivated me. I actually wouldn't say this is a romance. In fact, the romance is minimal and really doesn't become part of the story until near the end. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I actually could have done without the romantic aspects. What?!?! Yes. I just typed that. I think Keturah's learning to leave her past behind and conquer a new life with her sisters at Nevis was the anchor of this book. It was those that kept me flipping the pages.
Keturah is quite a bit different from Lisa's previous historicals in that it confronts some pretty heavy topics. Physical abuse and slavery are at the forefront of this story. It is tough to read. At certain points the story kind of veers off, but since it's the first book of a series, I'm hoping some of the things are addressed in the forthcoming installments. Personally, I want to know more about Mitilda. To be honest, she needs her own book. She has a history that I need to hear! I'm intrigued by Keturah's sisters, too. I really hope that a certain captain who's smitten with Verity makes an appearance in the series again. *sigh*
Keturah is a unique and tempestuous tale of three sisters trying to preserve their father's estate. While at times it jumps between being a romance and historical fiction, it is a page turner. I read through over 300 pages in one sitting and I'm very much looking forward to what the Ladies Banning do with their new lives in the Caribbean.
~ My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ~
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