Sugar Island

Sugar Island Unrest is brewing in the South as Emily an actress from England arrives in Georgia to begin life with her new husband Charles On arriving Emily realises that Charles has been keeping a terribl

  • Title: Sugar Island
  • Author: Sanjida O'Connell
  • ISBN: 9780719521843
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1859 Unrest is brewing in the South as Emily, an actress from England, arrives in Georgia to begin life with her new husband Charles On arriving, Emily realises that Charles has been keeping a terrible secret from her he is a slave owner On the surface, Emily appears to reconcile herself to his way of life, whereas in reality she finds herself irrevocably caught up in1859 Unrest is brewing in the South as Emily, an actress from England, arrives in Georgia to begin life with her new husband Charles On arriving, Emily realises that Charles has been keeping a terrible secret from her he is a slave owner On the surface, Emily appears to reconcile herself to his way of life, whereas in reality she finds herself irrevocably caught up in the lives of the slaves befriending them, and helping them in secret But as civil war threatens, Emily s world becomes increasingly divided and dangerous and she realises her secret could cost her everything Set against the brilliantly realised backdrop of the months leading up to the American Civil War, Sugar Island is a story of freedom and of loyalty in a time of chaos.

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    1. I bought this book, looking forward to reading it, then read a review on here that said, give it a miss, but then another that absolutely raved about it. So i wasn't sure what to expect. Took a little while to get into it, but then i loved it. And then to find that it was sort of based on a true person made it even more special - that someone was brave enough to stand up to her husband and help the slaves like she did was incredible. So if you like books set in Deep South in the time of the Amer [...]

    2. Although this is a hard book to read in terms of subject matter and the infuriating opinions of those in favour of slavery this book is brilliantly written and the plot and characters held my interest through to the very end.

    3. Loved this book- having lived in the Southern US I was familiar with some of the places depicted and this made the book come alive for me. A difficult story to read at times due to the elements of truth within it, but for me it's good reminder of where we no longer want to be.

    4. I have a bit of an obsession with Fanny Kemble (1809-1893). She was an English actress and author who married Pierce Butler, a Georgian plantation owner. Fanny was horrified by the idea of slavery and by the treatment of slaves on her husband’s plantation. She became an ardent abolitionist, which led to her divorce from Butler.I first learned about Fanny Kemble from a made-for-TV movie titled "Enslavement" starring Jane Seymour and Keith Carradine. It was totally happenstance that I ever watch [...]

    5. Disappointed with this book as it had a lot of potential with interesting themes. Set in the American civil war, an English girl marries an American only to discover later that he was a slave owner. She battles in her marriage and also for freedom of the slaves. This story is based on a real life character and real events which I always like in an historical novel. Unfortunately it didn't hold my interest and feel it was because the writing was weak.

    6. The story was a good one and the pages kept turning for me but there was very little character development and I did not relate to the characters. Emily could have been a very interesting person as she was based on Fanny Kemble Butler. As it was, she felt like a cut-out paper doll being put in different situations and scenery.

    7. A pretty poor story overall, no character development, plot was weak at the best of times. Didn't really feel that even though Emily 'cared' about setting the slaves free, she couldn't care less about the individuals themselves. Give it a miss.

    8. Didn't realise this book was based on the life of Fanny Kemble, picked it as was interested in the slave trade in the southern states. Appreciated it far more knowing that it based on real life.

    9. Sugar Island by Ivonne Lamazeres is about Tanya and her mother as they try to leave Cuba. It brought you through their life as the book went on and had many diversions and small side plots. The combination of these two things took away from the plot for me. I had trouble getting through the book and often was waiting for some sort of action that never came. Although it was not that good of a book, it had a couple good traits.I like the personification of one of the characters in the book. She wa [...]

    10. I feel she was too much of a reactor and not enough of a decision maker. Her heart was always in the right place. Thankfully she become a bit stronger at the very end. She had a veneer of independence, never a real one.

    11. was disappointed with his book didn't really grab me even though the storyline could been better given the backdrop and historical importance

    12. it took a while to get into it but it was really interesting at the end about slavery and setting them free

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