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Willig 55This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an 55This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an review It s not often that I come across a book where I fall in love almost instantly not just with the characters but also with the setting the story the writing basically everything about the book from the first page to the very last It s also increasingly rare nowadays for me to get so swept up in a book that I lose track of time and next thing I know I ve finished the book "In Practically One Sitting And At 480 "practically one sitting and at 480 this was certainly no small feat In her newest release The Summer Country author Lauren Willig delivers a beautifully written sweeping historical saga that felt epic in scope and magnitude et did not feel at all like a chore to readSet in 19th century Barbados this family saga spans 4 decades and revolves around two neighboring sugar plantations on the island Peverills and the adjacent Beckles Told in a dual timeline format that alternates between 1854 where we are introduced to Emily Dawson a vicar s daughter who unexpectedly inherits Peverills when her grandfather dies and 1812 with the story of the original owner of Peverills Charles Davenant and his relationship with Jenny a slave in the household of the neighboring plantation Beckles These two separate narratives involving two different sets of characters who live under completely different circumstances don t appear to correlate at first glance but as the story progresses the two narratives converge into a seamless brilliantly woven story that absolutely blew me away It is usually the case with these dual timeline stories that one narrative is stronger than the other but with this book both narratives were eually strong and were so well done that I honestly can t say that I preferred one over the other Another aspect of this book that made it so endearing to me was the strong character development especially when it came to the female characters in the story With historical fiction covering a time and place where society s conventions weren t necessarily favorable to women I love how Willig was able to make every single female character in this story strong et realistic balancing each character s distinct personality with the historical limitations of that time period For me one of the things that set this book apart from other works of historical fiction was its amazing use of language to convey a time and place that felt so authentic I found myself completely immersed in the time period and setting The prose specifically the uality of the writing elevated this book beyond just being great historical fiction this was written so well in the language of the time that it actually read like a classic novel which is something rarely seen with books published in modern day The fact that Willig was able to render a time and place Barbados in the 19th century so far removed from the current time period 21st century Europe or the United States in a manner that made it come to life so realistically speaks to her tremendous skill as a writer The amount of research that went into this book was astounding prior to reading this book I had no idea about the historical significance of Barbados and the slave trade that was so prevalent there during the early nineteenth century nor did I know much about the cholera epidemic that occurred in that part of the world back in the 1850s One of the things I love most about reading historical fiction is learning about time periods people events that I knew nothing about
PREVIOUSLY THIS BOOK NOT ONLY TAUGHT this book not only taught a lot it did so with masterful storytelling that was captivating and had me 100% emotionally invested in the story as well as in its characters to the point that I didn t want this unforgettable story to end I m a picky reader and I don t give 5 stars very often but this one absolutely deserved it All in all this is a perfect summer read one that is immersive captivating and will definitely make ou feel as though Convaincre en moins de 2 minutes you ve been transported to another world Highly recommended Received ARC from William Morrow HarperCollins via NetGalley This was a perfect summer HF read for me exotic setting a mystery and wonderful narration THE SUMMER COUNTRY had me invested from the start with its story of aoung English vicar s daughter who goes off to Barbados and finds out about her roots Descriptions of the life on a plantation are vivid and the pre and post abolition attitudes and relations interestingly presentedI enjoyed this novel and many thanks to my GR Friend Barbara who discreetly steered me towards a bit lighter read for summer. Ants so eager to acuire Peverills so eager that they invite Emily and her cousins to stay with them indefinitely Emily finds herself bewitched by the beauty of the island even as she’s drawn into the personalities and politics of forty ears before a tangled history of clandestine love heartbreaking betrayal and a bold bid for freedomWhen family secrets begin to unravel and the harsh truth of history becomes and plain Emily must challenge everything she thought she knew about her family their legacy and herself.
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Tle known part of history while thoroughly engaging them in the stories of the characters I read THE SUMMER COUNTRY slowly doling out exuisite chapters one at a time because there are too few books written today that harken back to that delicious way of storytelling that doesn t rush things just to keep up with modern trends I would count this one as a new classic and encourage every reader who cares about uality writing to uickly add this one to their list of to be favorites Going back and forth between a 1812 and a 1854 storyline The Summer Country is a well researched and cleverly plotted piece of historical fiction with a touch of romance and bringing the best out of the setting I would have liked a little era accurate sounding dialogues and the parts taking place in the early 19th C definitely surpassed the later ears ones making for a not completely even and balanced read As a whole though the lushly rendered atmosphere the tense racial and social divides of colonial Barbados the familial intrigues spanning two generations and the forbidden love between Charles and Jenny starting in 1812 eventually drew me inThis was the first book by Lauren Willig I ve ever read and despite these minor uibbles it was a worthwhile read and I ll most likely be checking out other titles by her Lauren Willig will completely captivate Bill’s Humiliation in Panties Volume 8 you with this sweeping family saga A beautiful story that spans over four decades Steeped in family history family secrets and family ties The story is set in Barbados and introducesou to two sets of characters living 40 Kotlin - Les fondamentaux du développement d'applications Android years apart 1850to Emily s beloved grandfather has passed away and left her a sugar plantation on the island of Barbados So Emily travels from England to Barbados with her cousin Adam and his wife to check out this plantation that nobody had any idea of What follows is Emily discovering family history and secrets with deep ties to Barbados In 1812 Charles and Jenny find themselves in a torrid and forbidden love affair with great conseuences Two tales seamlessly woven together into one beautiful engaging story This book was clearly well researched and I learned something about a time and place I new little about previously Slavery and the slave trade were a big part of life in Barbados in the early 1800s I have to admit it was really disturbing to read about people referring to other people as their property and talking about leasing them out The Cholera outbreak in the 1850s was not as disturbing but was eually as devastating There was a large cast of characters in the story that took me a while to get straight but once I did I was completely invested The story jumped perfectly between time periods that were well markedLauren s Willig s exuisite storytelling will completely transportou to 19th century Barbados A well told story full of interesting characters and an engaging plot A sweeping tale that will appeal to all historical fiction lovers Nicola Barber does an exceptional job narrating the audio of this book So many accents that she completely Masters The audio narration added another layer to this already exuisite story many thanks to Harper Audio and William Morrow for my copy of this book A run down sugar plantation was the last thing Emily thought her uncle would leave to her but Emily was thrilled about it even though her cousin wasn tEmily her cousin and his wife traveled to Barbados to meet a few people and to see the plantation We meet the family from 1812 and the opulence of their home food and life style and then turn to 1845 and meet friends of the family The connection between the time periods was smoothly done I really liked how Ms Willig ended one chapter with a comment and started the next chapter with that comment but in a different time periodSome of the characters were uite devious and as the pages turned we find out there was to the family than what was known or heard and something about the plantation and about the Davenant family that someone wanted to keep a secretMs Willig definitely knows how to use adjectives for describing the characters and settings with her beautiful prose
The characters are described and perfectly portrayed for the time periodsIt was as though I werecharacters are described and perfectly portrayed for the time periodsIt was as though I were there immersed in the lives of the characters whether they were the wealthy or the indentured I became attached to a few of the charactersIf Dialogue aux enfers entre Machiavel et Montesuieu you enjoy learning about past cultures delving into life in another country and century and finding out family secrets that were kept forears THE SUMMER COUNTRY should be on our summer reading list You will definitely get a vocabulary work out THE SUMMER COUNTRY is another beau. Mily receives an unexpected inheiritance Peverills a sugar plantation in Barbados a plantation her grandfather never told anyone he ownedWhen Emily accompanies her cousin and his new wife to Barbados she finds Peverills a burnt out shell reduced to ruins in 1816 when a rising of enslaved people sent the island up in flames Rumors swirl around the derelict plantation; people whisper of ghostsWhy would her practical minded grandfather leave her a property in ruins Why are the neighboring plantation owners the Daven. This is my first Willig a
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and 1854 Emily Dawson inherits Peverills a sugar plantation destroyed by an uprising of slaves Owners of the1854 Emily Dawson inherits Peverills a sugar plantation destroyed by an uprising of slaves Owners of the plantation want desperately to own it Why As the multigenerational story unfolds the truth reveals forbidden romance between owner and enslaved terrible betrayal a brave fight for freedom and enough island Victorian atmosphere to absorb ou for days An eye opening look at British slavery in the Colonial Caribbean a bit slow to start with a host of characters to get straight But Well Worth The Hours well worth the hours 55Pub Date 04 Jun 2019 TheSummerCountry LaurenWillig I read a lot of historical fiction and noticed the genre seems to be WW2 heavy I just finished The Summer Country and absolutely loved it Yes it s historical fiction but a subject not widely known Lauren Willig s research shines through as she expertly blends fact with fiction One of my favorite books is The Thorn Birds and The Summer Country has that same pull for mesweeping family saga that I don t want to put down and characters that stick with me long after I finish The Summer Country is my favorite book of 2019 I want to thank Haper Collins for this ARC I do love Historical novels but did find this one a little slow in the beginning Trying to go back and forth from the Dressage conjugal year 1812 to theear 1854 Barbados and keep the characters straight was a tad tricky But to Lauren Willig s writing skills I did become totally engrossed in this wonderful story I would definitely recommend this book Lauren Willig s attention to historical detail really shines in The Summer Country Barbados seen through the eyes of Emily Dawson in 1854 unspools like the opening petals of the frangipani Arriving as heiress to Peverills one of the oldest plantations on the island Emily delves into the mystery surrounding why her Grandfather Fenty left her an estate no one was aware he owned The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 and its timeline of effect informs the narrative Traveling with her cousin Adam and his new bride Emily s best friend Laura one of their first connections is with London Turner according to Adam the richest man in the West Indies However no one told them Mr Turner was a free black man so when they are met by Dr Nathaniel Braithwaite Mr Turner s nephew they make the mistake of thinking him a servantThe second timeline is 1812 and in this timeline there is an arrival as well The arrival of Charles Davenant who was sent to England for his education at age eight Now after the death of his father he s home as heir to Peverills There wasn t enough money to send the Leyna Book 1 younger son Robert away for schooling so already there s a bone of contention between these two brothers We find a very lewd character in 1812 the Colonel who is willing to prostitute his daughter to his guest Charles Davenant to what ends It seems just so he can show that he may do as he wishes with her because she is half black born into slavery Jenny was given to Mary Ann when Mary Ann was two and Jenny was five Mary Ann is the Colonel s niece As her guardian the Colonel rules the roost and seems to have scared off suitors with a rumor that Mary Ann is mad Mary Ann is desperate to get out from under his thumb At age nineteen she is going to make a play for Charles Davenant Willig s writing is uite good The pacing is unhurried it suited me just fine but for those who enjoy thrillers be prepared to enjoy a rich historical setting and a slowly unfolding narrative about complex characters Willig creates tension around the mystery of Emily s inheritance Add in the slave uprising Bussa s Rebellion in 1816 and the cholera epidemic of 1854 and tragedy and suffering speak loudly from Willig s pages What I like most is the emotional life she gives to Jenny In her historical notes at the end of the book Willig writes that knowing the internal life of an enslaved woman provided her biggest challenge With Jenny Willig creates a strong woman determined to have some control over her destiny one willing to make a great sacrifice giving voice to the unimaginable Emily s challenge in our story is to discover what lies within her own heart to discover the direction she intends her life to go With powerful themes of identity and character Willig engages me in this multigenerational saga I will definitely read this author again Lauren Willig s THE SUMMER COUNTRY is a sumptuous read evoking MM Kaye s lush and sweeping tales of nineteenth century colonial life Set in the island location of Barbados Willig attains the ideal aim of the historical fiction genre educating the reader about a lit. The New York Times bestselling historical novelist delivers her biggest boldest and most ambitious novelet a sweeping dramatic Victorian epic of lost love lies jealousy and rebellion set in colonial Barbados1854 From Bristol to Barbados Emily Dawson has always been the poor cousin in a prosperous merchant clan merely a vicar’s daughter and a reform minded vicar’s daughter at that Everyone knows that the family’s lucrative shipping business will go to her cousin Adam one day But when her grandfather dies