Kidnapped in France and brought to America as an indentured servant, a young woman takes on the brutal merchant king of New York’s East River waterfront…
Illness suddenly deprives 17-year-old Sarah Da Silva and her older brother Jacob of a mother. Before Sarah has come to terms with that loss, her merchant father grows frail and increasingly desperate in the face of impending bankruptcy. On the rainy night their father scours the docks of Bordeaux, France, to make his final bid to save his family, his children are kidnapped and forced onto a ship bound for New York City where they’ll be separated and sold to the highest bidder as indentured labor.
Purchased by a grotesque merchant whose wealth, backed by a team of henchmen, allows him to dominate the chaotic East River docks, Sarah strikes back the only way she can. Vowing to never allow him to put his hands on her again, she presses a knife to his fat neck. She demands her freedom, a roof over her head and the means to start a business. Her leverage? Knowledge obtained on the voyage that would bring the big man to his knees forever. He yields to her demands but privately swears to become her worst nightmare.
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About the Author
Wayne Clark is a Montreal writer and author of the historical novel That Woman: Beating the odds in colonial New York (2017) and the international award-winning literary fiction novel he & She (2013). In addition to writing fiction he has worked as a journalist, copywriter and translator.
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That Woman is an engrossing, historical fiction novel about one young woman’s struggle against Colonial New York, it is an informative read that will shock and surprise you as we follow the protagonist of the novel on her terrifying journey of self-discovery. It is a novel, I believe, that everybody should read because it informs the reader about so many happenings but also, it is a brilliant read! A read that should not be missed, it is a novel that kept me engrossed, enthralled and enchanted until the very last page. I found That Woman to be unputdownable, it is literature in its finest form thanks to the novels engrossing literature, riveting plot and let’s not forget astonishing characters. All of these factors combined make That Woman one of my favourite historical fiction reads of 2017; an all-round triumphant piece of fiction that I would implore all of you lovely readers to read! If you need more convincing then read the rest of my review to hear more about this dazzling piece of literature. The synopsis of That Woman is gripping, glorious, and let’s not forget breath-taking The novel has a plot that has surprised me more than once thanks to its captivating and absorbing nature; one thing is for certain when you read That Woman and that is you will never be bored reading because it is a diverse all-consuming assault of brilliance that will keep you motivated to read until the very end, it is like the author has a binding spell on you and the only way to break this spell is to fully immerse yourself in the novels layers upon layers of excellence and brilliance The story of That Woman is an incredibly dynamic, unique piece of work that took my breath away on more than one occasion, the pacing of this story was wonderfully written and plotted so that I did not get bored at any given time. I always measure my likeness of a book on whether I find myself looking at the page number; if I do in fact do this I know that the novel is taking its toll… in other words it is dragging and I want it to end but That Woman was different than this and not like this at all as never once did I find myself referring to the page number and that is a sure sign that That Woman is a compelling piece of work that draws the reader in and captivates them to read it quickly and to reach the end of the book very fast. The author of the novel Wayne Clark can only be described as a literary artisan. Writing for me is an art form, it is much of an art as beautiful renaissance sculptures (I have a passion for reading as well as the renaissance period!), paintings and wonderfully executed movies that excite the viewer. The objective of any great writer is that of any kind of artist; it is to communicate a message and to delight the recipient whether that be the listener, the viewer or the reader… in this case the reader. Clark has wonderfully delighted me and has communicated the novel’s message to me soundly and perfectly. This is why I am in such awe of Clark he is a creative genius and a visionary thinker that is also passionate and articulate and this, in my opinion, is a hard balance to find these days in the art of literature. This wonderful book gets FIVE STARS from me!
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite “Listen,” Gabriel Da Silva told his two children, Sarah and Jacob, “listen well because I am preparing you for life.” These arresting words open That Woman: Beating the Odds in Colonial New York by Wayne Clark, a historical novel that deals with kidnapping and a woman’s incredible courage. At a time their mother dies of illness, seventeen-year-old Sarah’s father is facing bankruptcy. The day that the merchant tries the final bid to save his family, Sarah and her brother, Jacob, are kidnapped and sold. The two kids are boarded onto a ship bound for New York where they will be sold to separate masters. Read on to discover how Sarah uses her intelligence, secrets learned while on the ship, and her will to be free to outwit the vilest and most cunning merchant in New York. Wayne Clark could be the new Jeffrey Archer, another master of the plot. His That Woman: Beating the Odds in Colonial New York is a story that held me in ways I never could have imagined when I started reading. The characters are very compelling, each with a solid background and each born from a powerful conflict. The duel between Sarah and her new lord raises the stakes of the conflict in this novel and the reader becomes very keen to watch how it ends. Here is a story that dramatically captures the spirit of colonialism and slavery, with a masterful handling of the theme of freedom. Readers are taken on a roller coaster ride to colonial New York to witness a drama that will take their breath away. It’s utterly mesmerizing and tantalizing.