Golden Hill Author:Shirley Lord Set in the tropics on the exotic island of Trinidad, Golden Hill traces, through six turbulent decades, the devastating effect of one woman's betrayal of her family. — Beautiful Rose Bracken, born with perfectly white skin to an impoverished black family as the result of an earlier interracial liaison, determines early on to escape from ... more »her life of drudgery and humiliation. Scheming to become part of the world of power and privilege, she meets the most eligible man in the Caribbean, Piper Pollard, the handsome oil millionaire who owns Trinidad's finest plantation and historical mansion, Golden Hill.
Rose bewitches Piper and he chooses her over Magdalen Finch, the granddaughter of the original owner of Golden Hill, who has set her heart on regaining it. When Rose becomes Mrs. Piper Pollard, the lives of many are tragically altered. Two brothers, Drum and Roger Pollard, grow up to hate each other, obsessed by the same inheritance and by the same woman; Theo Finch, Magdalen's illegitimate son, while still a child, commits a crime that will haunt him forever, and Roland Bracken, Rose's brother, whose ambition and brilliant mind take him out of obscurity and onto the world's stage, waits for his opportunity for revenge.
Moving from verdant sensual plantations in the tropics to the drawing rooms of Belgravia in London, Park Avenue in New York City and the oil barons' secret seat of power in Texas, it remains for the third generation and Golden Hill's true heroine, Rose's grand-daughter Margaret, to bring this totally compelling story to its startling conclusion.« less
A multi-generational novel of drama and history, Golden Hill is set on Trinidad and describes decades of feuding among three families that believe they have a claim on a vast plantation.
This is a good story, very different, can be very sensual in some parts. Trinidad was an exciting place to read about and the author described it well. This is quite a long book but you won't get bored with it.