The Summer Country

The Summer Country

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"Barbados, 1854: Emily Dawson has always been the poor cousin in a prosperous English merchant clan-- merely a vicar's daughter, and a reform-minded vicar's daughter at that. Everyone knows that the family's lucrative shipping business will go to her cousin, Adam, one day. But when her grandfather dies, Emily receives an unexpected inheritance: Peverills, a sugar plantation in Barbados-- a plantation her grandfather never told anyone he owned. When Emily accompanies her cousin and his new wife to Barbados, she finds Peverills a burnt-out shell, reduced to ruins in 1816, when a rising of enslaved people sent the island up in flames. Rumors swirl around the derelict plantation; people whisper of ghosts. Why would her practical-minded grandfather leave her a property in ruins? Why are the neighboring plantation owners, the Davenants, so eager to acquire Peverills? The answer lies in the past-- a tangled history of lies, greed, clandestine love, heartbreaking betrayal, and a bold bid for freedom."-- Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062839022
Branch Call Number: WIL
Characteristics: 464 pages ; 24 cm


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JessicaGma Apr 14, 2020

This was a very well researched historical novel set in Barbados following two timelines of the same families. Of course, the secrets of the past will apply to the present but it's very excellent storytelling with lush scenery and really compelling characters. I quite liked this one, and it's rare to get a tale of Barbados, especially during the 1800s where slavery was still happening. It's worth reading.

LoganLib_Phoebe Dec 08, 2019

A slow moving, atmospheric and richly detailed historical novel which reaches a satisfying conclusion. A wonderful historical note is included at the end. Willig switches between past and present in a cinematic style and illuminates an era of change.

Jun 09, 2019

Barbados in the early 1800’s and in the mid-1800s went from slavery to emancipation. This was a time when women took a supportive role, yet Willig has made strong females the main characters of a family saga. When Emily is left a run-down sugar cane plantation, she and her cousin and wife leave England to visit Barbados. Moving back and forth between the story of a female slave and Emily, the reader learns only about Emily’s history. It’s a satisfying historical novel and will make me see Barbados differently when I visit the country again. (LibraryThing review copy)

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