At the age of ten, Lily is forcefully torn from her mother's arms
and sold at a Negro auction by her master, a man that Lily learns that day is her very own father. Seeking solace from such devastation, Lily secretly begins teaching herself to play her new master's piano: an instrument that she is forbidden from touching. Lily becomes an extraordinary pianist and gets away with secretly playing for fourteen years until the master's son, James, discovers her deceit. The "punishment" that James gives Lily starts her on an unprecedented journey that dramatically alters her life and influences the lives of thousands, including a man with great power. Lily's groundbreaking journey also unveils the secret altruistic love of a particular man who has been forbidden from expressing his love to her for years. But the question remains whether or not the strength of his love will be powerful enough to free Lily from the shackles of slavery and protect her dreams and her life while on her turbulent Journey to Winter Garden.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Beautifuly written, inticingly delisious, and wonderfully entransing. Londyn Skye is an exception fantasy writter. This book is both heartbreaking and rewarding. It descusses Lilyy who was a slave and her life, music and love, how fr she was willing to go just to become the woman she wanted to be with the help of friends and a man whose love she didn't know she needed, the racial discrimintions they went through to keep each other and the trust they had to rebuild. I recomend this book to people who are looking for a little histrical romance of a different kind. This book is not the typical historical romances we read but one from a different P.O.V. Londyn Skye is a one of a kind writer and I would deffinatly read more from this author.
Anguish, being ripped/separated from your child and your mother, especially by your father! This is the beginning of Lily's story! Then, sold to Jesse, a ruthless master. Lonely and afraid, Lily is slowly befriended by Jesse's youngest son, James. Yet, she appears to face betrayal more then once... Gripping, page turning American historical romance. Covers a period of American slavery and stated rules and enforcements for slaves in certain states. The story itself is compelling and interesting, especially Lily's musical ability. I'm not fond of cliff hangers, but can't wait to read the next book in the series. 4 1/2 stars. Voluntarily read ARC, thru Netgalley and publisher, for honest review.
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite The Prodigy Slave: Journey to Winter Garden is the first book in a series by Londyn Skye, a story that combines pathos, passion, and an exceptional storytelling craft to transport readers to the world of a teenage girl sold into slavery by her own father. Lily is just ten when her father tears her away from her mother and sells her into slavery. But she quickly learns to adapt, stealthily learning to play her master’s piano, something she does consistently for fourteen years with no one finding out. She could have gotten away with it except that James, her master’s son, discovers her secret. The punishment given to her by James will set her on a transformational journey towards love and freedom, but will she be able to achieve her freedom and embrace the love of the one person who has loved her madly and has not been able to express it? This is a wonderful tale that reminds me of the writing of Langston Hughes and many a famous Negro writer like Richard Wright. Londyn Skye has just become one of my favorite storytellers and has created a story that feels real, a story that explores the themes of family, slavery, love, and freedom in a masterful way. Readers will be enticed by the writing and the pace will literally compel them to keep on turning from page to page, eager to discover what happens to the protagonist. This is one of those novels that transport readers back to a historical setting, allowing them to relive a portion of history. The Prodigy Slave: Journey to Winter Garden is a rip roaring, masterfully written and entertaining novel with great potential to keep readers captivated. I couldn’t put it down.
Way Too Long. Four hundred pages is too long for a romance.