Quite simply I got authors confused. #BookWormProblem
When I requested this book I thought it was by Lisa Wingate who’s audiobooks I’ve greatly enjoyed the last couple of years. I’d also listened to a couple of Lisa T. Bergen’s audiobooks, and while I didn’t dislike them, they weren’t my style enough to request one of her books for review. So, #ooops
I’m sorry, folks, but sadly this book was not my cup of tea. I always try and put a good spin on book reviews of books – no matter if I liked them or not, so I’ll start out with a list of the things I did find interesting in the book:
- I’ve never read Historical fiction with this setting before, so props to the author for that
- Despite the wide cast of characters, I was able to keep them straight most of the time, which is something I sometimes have trouble with
- There was a redemptive plotline to the book – and while I didn’t benefit from it because I’ve never gone through what the main character did, I can imagine that a lot of people would find it relatable
- The premise was a fairly strong one
- Descriptions were strong and I could feel the heat wafting over me as I read
With that being said, I’ll skim over what I didn’t like, because unfortunately, I disliked every character from the first page. Later on, there were some slaves that I didn’t find face-palming worthy, but they were few and far between.
There was also quite a bit more romance than I appreciate in books – as well as romance that felt out of place, and downright annoying. Violence was another unexpected aspect of the book that left me wrinkling my nose.
The main complaint I have with the book though was the main character. I couldn’t find anything relatable in her, and she was thoroughly unlikeable from my point of view. The way she ended up treating a certain slave when she arrived on the island was something I could hardly fathom. (Especially with her own backstory!) Although, I will say she did have a soft spot and did try and rescue some slaves, so I guess she did have a redeeming quality.
I don’t recommend this book, and I don’t foresee myself reading another book by the same author. BUT! This book does have a 4.4 out of 5 Star Rating on Amazon, so if the book looks interesting to you, you should totally try it.
I’m giving Keturah 2 out of 5 stars. This book was given to me in exchange for writing this review. All thoughts and opinions are honest. (I mean, obviously, folks.)