Tony Williams was born in Castries, Saint Lucia. From a young age he set out to pursue his dream of becoming a writer. He started off as a news reporter with the Government Information Service in 1977, soon after leaving secondary school. A few years later he left journalism to take over the management of a family-owned banana plantation. Ten years later he gave it up to return to journalism and went on to become the editor of the Crusader newspaper in Saint Lucia. He was subsequently awarded a Reuters Fellowship in journalism at Green College, Oxford University. In 2007 he gave up full time journalism to devote more time to creative writing. Along with freelance journalism, he does consultancy work and speechwriting part time. He's the creator of Caribbean Book Blog.
Forbiddenby Tony Williams (6)
Christian Joseph, a mulatto, and one of several major characters, is a by-product of the social and racial polarization
Forbidden is set on the French-Creole island of Saint Helen, in a society where people continue to struggle daily with the horrific legacies of slavery, long after Emancipation. There your social status is determined by the colour of your skin.
Christian Joseph, a mulatto, and one of several major characters, is a by-product of the social and racial polarization that bedevils the island. He's a devoted acolyte of the Catholic Church and people look up to him because of his complexion and high standing with the priests. His world is turned upside down when he discovers he was born out of wedlock. He further discovers, to his dismay, that his father, heir to Paradise Estate, the island's most renowned sugar plantation, has died and left his property to Christian's mother - a poor black village girl. This causes disbelief and outrage among many in the community, including the priests. It forces Christian to return to the village of his birth to try and uncover the secrets of his pasts.
Meantime, issues surrounding the bequest of Paradise Estate continue to stir up controversy and create turmoil in the lives of all those associated with it.
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I think the book description, first of all, is so accurate and it's a great insight of what you will read, what you will expect. From the description, you already know that ok, yes, they are related, but these two characters definitely do not know at first. This realization comes later when Bryce's grandfather (Matthew's Dad) passes away, and she sees Matthew again in Minnesota. This news shocks both of them, and for some reason though, in this FORBIDDEN territory, the love between these relatives (Yikes!) feels so natural, so right to them, so what will they do to stay together? Well...you will just have to read this story and find out, and honestly, it's such a good one that you will not want to pass up! Ok, yes, the situation of relatives falling romantically in love with each other, to me is a shaky subject, but in this story, there just no denying how these two feel about one another. I found this story to be fascinating, really! To me, this was not just a forbidden love story; there was definitely some mysterious factors from a family's past! There are a few secrets here, and I wanted to know them pronto! There was a good amount of suspense; there were certain events that were placed throughout the novel that kept me guessing what the truth was, for example, who Bryce's real father is! Is it someone we have perhaps known all along? Or is it someone that's so unexpected, that you did not see coming? There's also another event that suddenly occurs, that ok you may have been thinking would happen, but as you read more of the story, you might forget about it, but when that event does happen, whoa, the story really takes another turn! But is it for the best or worse? Hmmm.... There was gritting emotion here from some of the characters, I felt for them, I really did; it's just undeniable. I felt towards the end of the story that there were some many intense events, situations, that occurred, and I really liked it! The mystery that overshadows the story is something that I never saw coming; it blew me away! When you read the truth, you understand why Michelle ran away from home when she was so young, and my heart really felt for her. Aside from the mysterious factors, this is also a love story, and it was beautifully written including the love scenes, the feelings/emotions that Bryce and Matthew have for one another just really grabbed me, and I was pretty content when I finished this story. The characters were really well developed. The family conflict that occurs in the present, and even in the past was well described, and I thought the flashbacks were so necessary and well written again! There was a good pace here; everything flowed well. The writing was pretty good! Williams really is a wonderful writer and just has a captivating story here. I can't wait to read another book written by her. All in all, this was a fantastic story with love and a surprising amount of events that will keep you turning the pages, and this is a novel I really really recommend!!
Love, love, loved this book. I couldn't put it down. Loved the story line and fell in love with the characters! Looking forward to another book from Williams!