I found the characters in this story delightfully engaging. I found myself crying when the sisters were separated and sold into slavery for breeding stock to these ruthless owners. The way they treated them all of it was heartless and unfortunately as history dictates it was true.
The scenes in the ship, when they were heading over to Barbados, were harrowing. The vomit and bodily waste, etc. were particularly awful, and the writing was excellent. Of course as the reader, I could never have imagined anything if the writing were not first class as this was.....
However, the dynamic between Freddy and the African man she is paired with later is something quite refreshing and different. Though he speaks no English, the communication and respect between them is clear. They eventually share a love that binds them and allows Freddy to grow as a woman and even have his child. They have an unspoken bond.
This novel takes the reader on an emotional roller-coaster. There are moments to ponder: “What would you do in poor Freddy’s situation? How does a girl so young grow into a woman that appears incredibly centred and grounded in her young life after all she’s gone through?”
It is gut wrenching when she flashes back to her parents and how she feels the pangs of missing them. She longs to return to her homeland of Ireland and its rolling. verdant green hills, cool weather, rain and riding her faithful horse through miles of green. Freddy typically wonders what her mother and father are doing, and if they are where she last remembered them.
She starts writing letters, and she receives one from her sister Aileen. My emotions leapt with Freddy’s as she read the news about her sister, who lives on another island and has not seen Freddy for months. This communication brings some piece of mind that allows our dear central character Freddy to cling to and feel calmer. She begins to wonder what she can ask for from her sister in her current situation.
These questions and more shall be answered when you read this fantastic book about the plight of these two girls sold into barbaric slavery in the 1600’s. I also commend the author for writing about something so little known from history. This is a part of Irish history that is important, and necessary to understand.
This book moves the reader to tears, laughter and anger. Authoress Maggie Plummer has a grip on her characters that holds the reader glued to the page and the grip won’t cease until you are done. By all means buy this fantastic novel! I give it five stars!
Until we meet again,