by Apple Gidley


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ISBN-13: 9780995284111
Publisher: Apple Gidley
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Pages: 354
Sales rank: 563,959
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Fireburn 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
When Anna's mother passes away in London, all Anna can think about is going home. Home is on the island of Saint Croix. The trip back home isn't easy but with determination, Anna will make it. She's not ready, however, for the changes happening to the island and her family's home. This book has passion, love and family as the key ingredients. Add to that some long-held customs, stubborn people and lots of tension and anything can happen. The characters are deeply developed and bring a richness to the story that's hard to miss. The writing is solid and the research very apparent. I did find some issues. There seems to be tons of havoc in this book but not much else. It's as though the research replaced a fantastic story. The last three chapters or so weren't needed. They prolong the book but have no other purpose. The wonderful detail in this story both make and break it. I gave this one 4 cheers out of 5 because of the reasons above. ~Copy of book provided by author and I voluntarily reviewed it.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite Fireburn by Apple Gidley takes the reader into the 1870s to the Danish owned island of Saint Croix. Anna Clausen is a young woman who is of Anglo-Danish heritage and she finds herself coming back to her childhood home after her mother passes away. Things are not bright and cheerful when she arrives; her father is ill and the long owned family plantation which she loves is falling apart. Anna sets out to put things to rights, no matter what stands in her way. Anna must overcome declining profits in sugar, field hands who do not trust her and so much more. Can she overcome it all in one of the worst periods of Caribbean history? Or will it all fall apart? I love a good history book and this for me was a brand new topic. I went in knowing very little about the sugar industry of the 1870s and was excited to immerse myself in the story. I can tell you that author Apple Gidley did not disappoint at all. I fell into the reader's trap of saying "one more page and I will go to bed" while reading this one and completed it in one sitting. The cast of characters is one that I will recall for a long time indeed. Anna is a woman whom I would love to know personally. Not only does she have to shoulder the grief and so much hardship due to her gender, but she comes up against rebellion and bloodshed. Women were not welcome at this time in history to own land, let alone run a business, but Anna is to be admired because she managed to shoulder all of it with the determination of a woman that simply will not be stopped. The formidable Emiline would be my second favorite character and she reminds me of a dearly loved character from Fried Green Tomatoes in her own way. Every moment and event in this book is written so well that it seems to leap off the page and put on a show right in front of you. If you have even a passing interest in history and enjoy wonderful writing, this book is for you and I highly recommend you set yourself to reading it. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Julie Aldrich More than 1 year ago
Loved, loved, loved this book. Apple demonstrates yet again what an artful and talented writer she is. Her descriptions and attention to historical details take the reader back in time and immerse you in an era that few readers know about. Her characters are well developed and each has a such a unique voice they seem to jump right off the pages and will stay in your mind long after you finish reading. My greatest sorrow is that I have reached the end and must wait impatiently for the next journey.
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Intriguing bit of history Having not being familiar with the culture of St. Croix, I definitely scanned the glossary on the front of the book. When a story provides a glossary, I've learned to read it. The story, calling itself "Fireburn" is a reflection of the history of St. Croix, which did really take place. Gidley tells a great story, weaving the intricacies of history throughout. The characters and characterizations of them bring the reader right in the middle of the story, and feeling the sense of culture. Gidley paints beautiful words to show the story to the reader, and not just tell it.