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The summer country : a novel / Lauren Willig.

The summer country : a novel

Willig, Lauren, author. (Author).

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Main Fiction Willig (Text) 31307023927157 Express Checked out 07/26/2019
Main Fiction Willig (Text) 31307023927165 New Checked out 08/01/2019
Seymour Fiction Willig (Text) 31307023927140 New Checked out 07/22/2019
West Leonard Fiction Willig (Text) 31307023927132 New Checked out 08/03/2019
Westside Fiction Willig (Text) 31307023927124 New Checked out 08/09/2019
Yankee Clipper Fiction Willig (Text) 31307023927116 New Checked out 07/24/2019

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  • ISBN: 9780062839022 (hc)
  • ISBN: 0062839020 (hc)
  • ISBN: 9780062839039 (tp)
  • ISBN: 0062839039 (tp)
  • Physical Description: 464 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]

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Inheriting the ruins of a Barbados sugar plantation, Emily is seduced by the region's beauty at the same time her new neighbors take steps to acquire the property for themselves.
Subject: Sugar plantations > Barbados > Fiction.
Inheritance and succession > Fiction.
Barbados > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.

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Rich settings, romantic intrigue, and engaging characters will draw readers into this dramatic epic of estate owners and slavery in 19th-century colonial Barbados from Willig (The English Wife). Emily Dawson has arrived in Barbados from England, and she surprises her new neighbor Dr. Nathaniel Braithright, the nephew of a wealthy freedman, by proclaiming her inheritance of the nearby derelict sugar plantation called Peverills. The story then reaches back to 1812, when connections between the plantation families and their slaves are gradually revealed through the relationships of landowners such as Mary Anne Beckles, as well as Mary Anne's maid Jenny. Mary Anne marries and becomes pregnant, and soon Jenny is expecting as well, but lineages are questioned and, in Jenny's case, shrouded with mystery. The narrative alternates between the period of 1812-1816 and 1854: in the earlier age, ardent battles for love and land shape the future, while in 1854, Emily struggles to rebuild and run a plantation, but she's filled with the same uncertainty that underlies her attempts to understand hidden details of her family line. The physical and emotional passions of the characters keep the stakes high and the pages turning, making this a powerful exploration of slavery and reformation on Barbados. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Willig (The English Wife, 2018) sets her latest historical outing in nineteenth-century Barbados, alternating between the story of heiress Emily Dawson journeying to Peverills, the estate left to her by her grandfather, in 1854 and that of Charles Davenant, who inherited the estate in 1812, much to the consternation of his hot-headed younger brother. While Emily grows close to both a handsome Barbadian doctor and the eager young heir to Beckles, the estate neighboring Peverills, she also learns more about her family and makes a startling discovery concerning their history. And in 1812, Charles is under pressure to marry Mary Anne, the headstrong mistress of Beckles, who is under the thumb of her nefarious uncle, even as he finds himself falling for Mary Anne's enslaved maid, Jenny. When he learns Jenny shares his feelings, the two embark on an affair that will have far-reaching consequences. Though Emily's story is much slower to start and initially far less compelling than Charles', Willig masterfully brings the two together in this evocative, engaging epic.--Kristine Huntley Copyright 2019 Booklist

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