A magnificent saga of two proud and powerful families—one British, one African—and their battle over Kenya’s destiny in the twentieth century.
In 1917, Dr. Grace Treverton arrives in Kenya, determined to bring modern medicine to the African natives. Her brother, Sir Valentine Treverton, has his own dream for the British protectorate: to establish an agricultural empire to rival any in England. The aspirations of the wealthy Trevertons collide with those of the Mathenge tribe, an African family that has lived on the land for years. Grace soon finds a deadly rival in Mama Wachera, an African medicine woman who fights to maintain native traditions against the encroaching whites. After Wachera curses the Trevertons, a series of tragedies threatens to destroy what the once-great family fought to create. But the fates of future generations of these two remarkable families are inextricably bound.
A bold and brilliant achievement, Green City in the Sun brims with all the drama, violence, and fierce beauty of the Kenyan landscape.
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About the Author
BARBARA WOOD is the international bestselling author of twenty-five acclaimed novels, including New York Times bestseller Domina. Her work has been translated into over 30 languages. Barbara lives in California.
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Green City in the Sun
By Barbara Wood
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“Help! We need a doctor! Is there a doctor on the train?"
Hearing the commotion, Grace Treverton opened the window of her compartment and, looking out, saw the reason for the unscheduled stop: A man was lying beside the tracks.
"What is it?" said Lady Rose as her sister-in-law Grace reached
for the medical bag.
"A man is hurt."
Grace paused before leaving the car. Rose wasn't looking good. Her skin had taken on a disturbing pallor in the last hour. They were only eighty miles out of Mombasa, the seaport where they had boarded the train, and they would not arrive at Voi, their dinner stop, for several more miles. "You should eat something, Rose," Grace said, giving a significant look to Fanny, Rose's lady's maid. "And drink something. I'll just quickly see to that poor man."
"I'm quite all right," Rose said a trifle breathlessly. She dabbed her forehead with a perfumed handkerchief and rested her hands on her abdomen.
Grace hesitated a moment longer. If there was something wrong, especially with the baby, Rose could not be depended upon to admit it. Giving another look to Fanny, which said, Stay close to
your mistress,Grace hurried out of the carriage.
The desert sun and dust engulfed her at once. After weeks of being cooped up on board the ship and these past eighty miles confined to the tiny train compartment, Grace felt momentarily dizzied by the vast African sky.
When she reached the stricken man, a group had gathered around him, talking in a mixture of English, Hindi, and Swahili. Grace said, "Pardon me, please," and tried to push through.
"Stay away, miss. 'Tain't no sight for a lady." A man turned to stop her, and his eyebrows shot up.
"I might be able to help," she said, sidestepping him. "I'm a doctor."
The other men now looked at her in surprise, and when she knelt next to the fallen man, they all fell silent.
They had never seen a woman dressed so strangely.
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