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Receive Me Falling
     

Receive Me Falling

4.5 12
by Erika Robuck
 

Every slave story is a ghost story.

The haunting words of an historian and former cane worker on the Caribbean island of Nevis launch Meghan Owen on her quest to unlock the secrets of an abandoned sugar plantation and its ghosts.

After Meg's parents die in a car accident on the night of her engagement party, she calls off her wedding, takes leave of her job in

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Every slave story is a ghost story.

The haunting words of an historian and former cane worker on the Caribbean island of Nevis launch Meghan Owen on her quest to unlock the secrets of an abandoned sugar plantation and its ghosts.

After Meg's parents die in a car accident on the night of her engagement party, she calls off her wedding, takes leave of her job in Annapolis, and travels to land she's inherited on Nevis. A series of discoveries in an old plantation house on the property, Eden, set her on a search for the truth surrounding the shameful past of her ancestors, their slaves, and the tragedy that resulted in the fall of the plantation and its inhabitants.

Through a crushing phone call with her lawyer, Meg learns that her father's estate was built on stolen money, and is being sued by multiple sources. She is faced with having to sell the land and plantation home, and deal with the betrayal she feels from her deceased father.

In alternating chapters, the historical drama of the Dall family unfolds. Upon the arrival of British abolitionists to the hedonistic 19th century plantation society, Catherine Dall is forced to choose between her lifestyle and the scandal of deserting her family. An angry confrontation with Catherine's slave, Leah, results in the girl's death, but was it murder or suicide?

Hidden texts, scandalous diaries, antique paintings, and confessional letters help Meghan Owen uncover the secrets of Eden and put the ghosts to rest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982229804
Publisher:
Elysian Fields Press
Publication date:
01/05/2009
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
1,168,074
Product dimensions:
0.63(w) x 8.00(h) x 5.00(d)

Meet the Author

Erika Robuck is a bestselling historical fiction writer, whose books include The House of Hawthorne, Hemingway’s Girl and Fallen Beauty. Robuck is a contributor to the popular fiction blog Writer Unboxed, and she maintains her own blog, Muse. She is a member of the Hawthorne Society, the Hemingway Society, the Historical Novel Society, and the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society. Robuck lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband and three sons.

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Receive Me Falling 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter has re-read this book more times than I have seen her re-read any book ever and she reads...a lot!  After seeing how many times she read it, I had to check it out.  Ms. Robuck weaves a colorful tale of love, loss, and pain as Meg loses her parents in a terrible accident just before her wedding.  She postpones her wedding to deal with her grief and the ramifications of what she finds out about her father after his death. I was very impressed with how she weaved Meg's story through with the past story of a family that owned a plantation house she inherits. Once you start reading this book you will not be able to put it down!  It is a fabulous read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was captivated by the colorful depiction of plantation life and slavery intertwined with modern times. The two heroines from different eras were well developed and kept my attention to the end of their stories. Can't wait for her next novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the book hard to read and not as enjoyable as I had hoped. The historical placement of the drama within a foreign country seemed to be an unnecessary attempt to avoid alienating readers on a matter (slavery) for which the scars remain barely, if at all, concealed in the States. Since the author is from the South, why not simply address the issue locally without such pretense?
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TheBookInn More than 1 year ago
Meghan and Brian are engaged to be married but after their grand engagement party, her life changes. She's now the soul heir of her parents estate, one of which is an old plantation home on Nevis Island, previously owned by Cecil and Catherine Dall in the 1800's. Wanting to know more about the mansion, she decides to take a leave of absence and go to the island. As she is finding out about the history of the island and the plantation, she is told some devastating news and needs to sell the land and house immediately. What will happen to Meg when her parents estate is sold? Meg is worried about her future. Back in the 1800's - Cathrine, daughter of Cecil Dall own a sugar plantation on Nevis Island. They also own over 200 slaves . Catherine runs the plantation , her father is a drunk and his health is failing. News around the island is that abolitionists are trying to ban slavery in the British Empire. The plantation owners on Nevis are not happy about it but they don't think it will pass. Two men come to visit Nevis, stating they want to learn more about the sugar plantations, but are they really? A neighboring plantation was set on fire and everything is gone, was it arson and did the abolitionist have something to do with it? Catherine is worried about her future, what would happen if they lost their plantation or what if her father died , what would happen to her? The end of the story will "blow" your mind away! Can't give to much away! If you like historical fiction, i highly recommend this one. I loved reading about the island and decided to see if it was real and ohhhh i wish i could go and see it ! Its a 36 sq. mile island about 200 miles south of Puerto Rico.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
"Receive Me Falling" by Erika Robuck is historical fiction at its finest. This debut novel tells two tales; one during the 19th century and the other in the present. The connection between the two is a former sugar plantation on the island of Nevis in the Caribbean. Robuck has created colorful characters and situations that you do want to stop reading about. She has done her research and it shows in her writing. If you are a lover of historical fiction, you should read this book.
Alipet813 More than 1 year ago
This novel seemed so interesting when I read the back cover and it did not disappoint. I finished this quickly just because I could not put the book down. The stories of Meg and Catherine are captivating. The chapters jumped from current day to the past, but were easy to follow. Each chapter revealed a little more about the past -either through living it with Catherine or through Meg's research. Eventually all of this came together to build a story of the past for Meg that helped lay to rest the pain that surrounded Eden for over a century. It also allowed Meg to have peace in her decision to sell the plantation and move forward in her life without her parents. The characters are strong, young women put in positions of making decisions that effect their families greatly. Each woman had to take what she had always known and put it aside for a new truth. Both, were confronted with the lies of their fathers. Meg and Catherine are women of great character, but sometimes that is not enough for life to fall into place. Catherine's story is one of sadness and misfortune while Meg's is one of hope and recovery. The historical aspects of the novel were very interesting. It touched on the realities of slavery and the struggles of those who wanted it to end. While reading I felt so moved by Catherine's torn loyalties. She had a great love for her father and her land, but she also felt a closeness to the slaves with whom she had developed relationships. She was unsure how to honor both of those emotions. This novel comes together in the end in some quite surprising ways. I enjoyed where Ms. Robuck took me on the final pages and did not see it coming at all. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, mystery, and books centered on character growth. This book had a little bit of everything, but never felt overdone.
dclady More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I found the story-line and characters were very interesting and held my attention up to the very end, which was a total surprise to me!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
With the sudden deaths of her parents due to a car accident on the night of her engagement party, grieving Meghan Owen learns she inherited a plantation on the Caribbean island of Nevis. She makes a rash decision to get away leaving behind her consoling fiancé Brian by visiting the estate. She especially wants to see it when she learns her dad betrayed her image of him when the family lawyer explains the place was bought with stolen money and she will need to sell it to pay her father's debts. Still she plans to learn the history of Eden. In the 1830s, Catherine Dall's alcoholic father owns Eden, a sugar plantation that employs over a hundred slaves. However, while her dad buries himself in drink, Catherine oversees the plantation though is very disturbed over using slave labor even as she defends her family's practice. This is a well written interesting tale with a fascinating premise of two women over a century apart connected by the same plantation and by a need to find a way to forgive their respective fathers for transgressions that haunts them. The story line is fast-paced though changing time periods throughout as the anchor of the Island of Nevis enables the two subplots to flow smoothly. Although key support characters like Brian, the lead women's fathers, Meg's mom, and a slave who dies seem underdeveloped though important to understanding the two stars, fans of strong character thrillers will enjoy this profound look at being born free. Harriet Klausner