Phillipa Gregory does a wonderful job of showing you the horrible world of slave trading and the divisions in society. At times I had to stop reading because I was overwhelmed with horror at what was acceptable behavior for the time. It's a great book and well worth the read. Would be perfect as a book club choice.
It took me awhile to buy this book because I wasn't sure I could read about slave trading. I finally convinced myself to buy it because I am a huge fan of Philippa Gregory's. Once again she didn't disappoint me. Parts of it can be graphic so be ready for it, and had me crying in some parts, but wonderful read and I can't wait for her next new book.
This book will haunt you with images of the truth behind slavery. It will open your eyes to a true human tragedy that has never fully been resolved in this world. If you think you know what happened during the days of the slave trade, think again. In my opinion, this book is as much about the problems in the world today as it is about the past.
Warning: If you are sensitive, this book might be very difficult for you to read. I literally had nightmares while reading this book. I kept with it because I think it is important to realize what the slave trade did to human beings.
This was certainly not Philppa Gregory's best book, but I enjoyed it well enough. The author appears to have done an amazing amount of work researching the slave trade. I think many people have heard the horrors of the slave trade but not the details. It is good to remind people that not so long ago western nations condoned the brutal treatment of their fellow human beings.
The story itself revolves around an annoying twit of a woman, Frances, and the slaves her new husband brings to Britain. The story covers all the basics; unacceptable love, intrigue, and the backstabbing that ruled the lives of "society".
The best parts of the book are the explanations for why the slaves accepted their fate instead of rebelling. Ms. Gregory explains that well.
I am familiar with the portrayals of slavery in America, but not with the slavery in Great Britain. Neither did I have a very good idea of the mechanics of the slave trade, with all of its horrendous effects. All is explained in detail in this book, and set inside of a love story. But, as in real life, the ending is not "happily ever after". I feel that Ms. Gregory's characters are realistic and well-researched. The book was fascinating, though not always enjoyable. It would make a good book club discussion.