Leah is a rebel. As a mixed-race female intent on escaping the constraints of 19th-century English society, she bucks her single father's control and embarks on a daring journey from England to the Caribbean. As she navigates the treacherous seas and sidesteps the constant threat of pirates, Leah forges a strong character and hones a fierce independence. Follow along as she explores scenic countries, immerses herself in native cultures and tastes local cuisines. Along the way, Leah faces hurtful prejudices, learns who her true friends really are and ultimately recognizes and embraces love, even if it's against the law.
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Cross-Ties is a novel about rebellion, coming of age, and learning to live with your life choices. It’s a family saga that explores the cultural roots of Leah as she rebels against her father’s wishes to marry according to the marriage contract established by her family without her consent. Leah’s desire to marry her true love places her in direct violation of the family trust. She runs away and hopes her father will forgive her and accept the unorthodox way she chooses to live. Leah’s journey explores her family’s roots in the Caribbean and later the brave new world of frontier America. Leah has little use for society’s mandates for her life. Read Cross-Ties a story of immigration with multicultural prejudices in the middle 1800s and beyond.
Wow, what an adventure! Admittedly, I’m usually not a big fan of these kinds of books (I tend to stick to the sci-fi and romance genres) but I decided to give “Cross-Ties” a chance and go into the read with an open mind, and I must say that it turned out to be a great decision. I could see early on, within the first few chapters, that the author is truly talented when it comes to weaving words into stories. The prose flows in a very smooth manner while conveying everything in very vivid way – I personally found it easy to visualize many of the scenes and also empathize and understand the feelings of Leah, the protagonist. I highly recommend ‘Cross-Ties’ to readers looking for a genuinely immersive and adventurous read. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for future releases by Carolyn M. Bowen.