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Title:
Keturah / Lisa T. Bergren.
ISBN:
9780764230240
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
345 pages ; 22 cm
Abstract:
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 for women of the time, they're determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, proper gender roles 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 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. Set on keeping her family together and saving her father's plantation, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?
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In 1773 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 for women of the time, they're determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, proper gender roles 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 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.

Set on keeping her family together and saving her father's plantation, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?


Author Notes

Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 40 books, with more than 2.5 million copies sold. Her most recent works includes a YA series called River of Time (Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent, Bourne & Tributary), a devotional called Upside-Down Prayers for Parents and the Grand Tour Series (Glamorous Illusions, Grave Consequences, and Glittering Promises). She¿s currently at work on a new YA series called Remnants, coming out in 2014. Her title God Gave Us Easter made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this first book of the Sugar Baron's Daughters series, Bergren (Claim) takes readers to 1773 to tell the story of an English heiress who looks to God when suitors pursue her for her estate on the Caribbean island of Nevis. After Mr. Banning dies, his daughters learn that the family sugar plantation in Nevis has not been producing enough to sustain their current lifestyle. Keturah, the oldest, decides she will travel to the island and take care of the plantation herself, reluctantly bringing along her two younger sisters, Verity and Selah. When Keturah's childhood friend Gray Covington discovers he will be sailing to Nevis on the same boat, he offers to escort them, and the four set off together. Gray's own future will also be determined by the success or failure of his family's plantation. At first Keturah shies away from Gray's help, but the harsh realities of island life-saboteur neighbors, unscrupulous suitors, hurricanes, and emerging family secrets-force Keturah to realize she might need more help than she thought. Through it all, Gray tries to show her how much he's matured from the casually flirtatious boy she once knew into the focused man now working for his inheritance. Strikingly, the sisters and Gray show a care and familiarity with their enslaved plantation workers that feels incongruous to the time period-a decision Bergren explains in an author's note-and might be off-putting to some readers. Bergren writes eloquently about colonial life in this enjoyable tale that lays the groundwork for other promising books about these three strong women. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

In 1772, Lady Keturah Banning -Tomlinson and her sisters, Verity and Selah, travel from England to the West Indies to visit the plantations left to them by their late father and find that their legacy is in decline. For all three, life on the Caribbean island of Nevis comes as a shock. The local gentry seeks Keturah's hand and her property, but past hurts cause her to shy away from romance. Yet a childhood friend may change her mind about trusting in love. Bergren (Waterfall) puts a fresh spin on popular colonial fiction in this series launch that follows three sisters as their lives are shaped by their new circumstances. Keturah is a strong female protagonist who will appeal to inspirational fiction fans who appreciate stories about women who forge their own path in life. VERDICT Readers who prefer their historical fiction mixed with romance may enjoy this tale's original story line and setting. But librarians should be aware of the problematic language used by some of the characters in referring to enslaved peoples; according to the author's website, such strong terms are representative of the historical documentation from the time period, but may be disturbing to some patrons. [This title and the succeeding entries were highlighted in Julia Reffner's "A Delicate Balance," LJ 11/15/17.-Ed.] © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.