The Wedding Gift

The Wedding Gift

by Marlen Suyapa Bodden
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The Wedding Gift 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
cookiemonsterDS More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this novel while learning more about certain aspects of this period. The story was engaging and the characters were interesting. Easy read and the author is fantastic. Would recommend for book club and anyone who would like to understand more about slavery and women. A topic worth exploring. Great surprise ending.
RebeccaScaglione More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.  I have just been loving dual narrative novels lately.  I can’t believe how many I have read, most in a row, and honestly, I seem to love each and every one of them. The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden is one of those dual narrative novels. The Wedding Gift is the story of Sarah Campbell, a slave during the 1850s, whose father is the plantation owner.  Sarah is the playmate to and the maid of Clarissa, her half-sister.  Although this isn’t fully known to them at the time (but don’t worry, you find out soon enough, so it’s not giving anything away!). The other narrative is told by Theodora Allen, the mistress of the plantation. Sarah’s not happy as a slave.  But why should she be?  And Theodora seems to be a little too free-thinking as a mistress. The Wedding Gift kept me hooked for most of the story.  At one point, maybe 3/4 of the way through, it lagged a little.  However, the ending twist was completely shocking and made up for the lag. This would be a good novel for you to read if you’re a fan of The Help by Kathryn Stockett or The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. If my review doesn’t at least intrigue you, the positive feedback from authors like Tom Wolfe and Kathleen Grissom should at least pique your interest. This book comes out today, so make sure you pick up your copy of the novel. Are you a fan of the dual narrative novel? Thanks for reading,  Rebecca @ Love at First Book
SnoopyMcLiteraryAce More than 1 year ago
Loved it! I really enjoyed this book!  It takes place a little more than 10 years before the Civil War and is told by two women; Sarah, a house slave on a plantation and also Theodora, the wife of her owner.  The story only grazes upon some of the atrocities that were heaped upon slaves in this dark period of our history, but it does give some insight into it.  The story unfolds around the characters as Sarah grows up with Theodora's daughter as they are the same age.  The crowning touch was the revelation that Sarah discloses as the book finishes!  It was sad that these characters are done but all I have to say about Sarah is:  "Well played!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent book that compells you to keep turning the pages.  I love it when a book is not formula and not predictable and this one definitely fits that bill.  Very exciting debut novel and I cannot wait for the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was really good, better than I thought it would be. The ending was a surprise. Must read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stayed up until two o'clock in the morning reading this, and I didn't want it to end. A person from my book club recommended the book, and I am glad he did. Great story! Great writer! I can't wait until the author comes out with another novel.
bscheldt More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting book about the lives of people before the Civil War. This book gives the perspective from the slave owners and the slaves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Excellent.
Debbie62 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I had trouble putting it down. I love historical novels. Surprised with the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. I enjoyed it. It is a perfect book to discuss in your book club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I read it over a weekend!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Page turner. Awesome read.
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend, tells both points of view which I loved, the ending left me with a good feeling.
Mcfan97 More than 1 year ago
Nice read about a different time in a different land. Characters were well thought out and interesting. Would definitely read this author again!
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Sherkeekie More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing book.  Can't believe it's Bodden's first.  I can't say enough good about it. If she writes anything more, and I pray she does, It will be on the top of my TBR list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story! Realistic, heartfelt. Wonderful characters. Great book! Looking forward to more from this stellar author who I thank for this very enjoyable read.
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Could not put this book down! It's worth the money, a splendid tale mixed with a roller coaster of emotion.
beachpolly More than 1 year ago
Very good story with a unusal ending.
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SUEHAV More than 1 year ago
Just finished this book and read it in two days. I liked the switching back and forth between Sarah and Theodora. Two strong ladies and I'm a sucker for a happy ending!
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