Burning Prospects: A Novel Based on a True Story

Burning Prospects: A Novel Based on a True Story

by Melissa Miles


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Revolutionary War Captain Isaac Ross built a fortune in the fertile cotton growing region of Jefferson County, Mississippi on his plantation Prospect Hill. Towards the end of his life, he came to realize that he owed much of his prosperity to his large holding of slaves and wanted to reward them for their efforts. With this in mind, he made the decision to free his slaves in his will; with the stipulation that the American Colonization Society would oversee the transport of the Prospect Hill slaves to Liberia. Once on the shores of Africa, the proceeds from the sale of his estate would establish the slaves there, providing everything necessary for them to begin a new life. Including the establishment of a school.
What Captain Ross was not counting on was the challenge to his Last Will and Testament that would be mounted by his heirs. A legal challenge that went on for years after his death. Before a legal settlement was reached, Prospect Hill was burned to the ground. By the time any of the slaves reached Africa's shores a young girl would be dead, several slaves would be lynched, and a legacy of the tragedy would remain forever.
Based on the real events at Prospect Hill from just before Captain Ross' death until the aftermath of the fire, Burning Prospects will bring this unique piece of history to life.

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ISBN-13: 9780991211708
Publisher: Hillcrest Press CA
Publication date: 03/31/2014
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

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Burning Prospects: A Novel Based on a True Story 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Growing up in the South, one is always surrounded by stories from the Civil War era, many of which are highly embellished. One can tell Melissa took the time to painstakingly research the fine details of the people, the politics, the customs, the speech patterns/phrasing, and the dress of the time. She intricately layered these details to craft both dimensional characters and story. She is descriptive without going overboard and unnecessarily dragging the story out so that the book flows easily. I agree with a previous reviewer that this book would make a great film. But until that time, treat your attention span to a great book!
Lewbob More than 1 year ago
Family, love, desperation and greed make this story great, especially since it is true with some fictionalized elements. Melissa Miles does and excellent job of presenting the lives of historical persons in a straightforward style that lets you get to know the characters like you're standing in the room with them. I highly recommend this book to readers interested in historical fiction based on facts and the history of Mississippi.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Melissa Miles has created an impressive blend of fact and fiction in this gripping story of a southern, pre-Civil War family feud. She presents a well balanced and fair representation of a well-intentioned slave owner who freed his slaves in his will, his devious family members who fought his will, and his slaves who finally took matters into their own hands. This novel is nearly impossible to put down until you reach it's inevitable ending. It will have you both laughing and crying as you move through its pages. I highly recommend this book to all fans of historical fiction! Its study guide at the end makes it a great book club selection as well!