aka The Frazzled Mom
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?
Keturah is a historical fiction novel set in the 1770s. The Banning sisters find themselves in dire straits as they learn of the status of their father’s sugar plantation on Nevis, an island in the West Indies. Society at the time dictated that it was the man’s responsibility to provide for the family, but what happens when there are no men left to support them? Keturah has suffered abuse at the hands of her husband, both verbal and physical. The wounds left are deep. Ket has vowed to never trust a man again or to be put in a position where she must rely on one for assistance. And it’s from this newfound determination that she decides to set sail for Nevis in the hopes of saving the family plantation, thus ensuring financial stability for the future. What Ket and her sisters don’t realize is how very different life on Nevis is compared to England.
I know my friend will love this book. Brew some tea and enjoy this cup of strong female characters, great scenery, a dash romance and some justice on the side. Ket’s determination and persistence are what female readers are looking for in a novel. Sure, she falls in love, but she isn’t magically rescued from her struggles. In fact, she becomes partners with her lifelong friend. Despite his longing to save her or take care of her, Ket manages well on her own. This novel is filled will drama and suspense, with abuse, loss, and grief, with hope and success. It’s a book on survival, not only on the plantation but from past hurts. It’s a story of forgiveness and healing. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion and I can’t wait to share this book with my friend. She’s going to love it.