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"In a most disconcerting way he was being forced to acknowledge that he was probably not as different as he had thought - not as special; and certainly not white. No matter how he tried, he always found it hard to think of himself as black."

On the heels of the slave uprising in Haiti, the French Empire is rocked by another slave revolt, this time in its colony Saint Helen. The upheaval pits the settlers and slaves against each other, and plunges the colony into a racial war ...

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"In a most disconcerting way he was being forced to acknowledge that he was probably not as different as he had thought - not as special; and certainly not white. No matter how he tried, he always found it hard to think of himself as black."

On the heels of the slave uprising in Haiti, the French Empire is rocked by another slave revolt, this time in its colony Saint Helen. The upheaval pits the settlers and slaves against each other, and plunges the colony into a racial war that keeps blacks and whites divided long after Emancipation.

Born into this polarized society where the colour of one's skin determines one's social status, Christian Joseph, a mulatto, finds favour because of his complexion and being brought up by priests. His world is turned upside down when he discovers that he was born out of wedlock to a white planter and a poor black girl. To his dismay, he further discovers that his father has died and willed his estate to Christian's mother, to the disbelief and outrage of many in the community, including the clergy. This forces Christian to return to the village of his birth to try and uncover the secrets of his past.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781461000396
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Pages: 650
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    I think the book description, first of all, is so accurate and i

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Love

    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!

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