It’s been awhile since I have been that engrossed in a book, or one that I was affected by a story for that matter. There aren’t words to describe the emotions I felt while reading this.
This author’s has a wonderful talent of being able to tell a grippingly beautiful tale of life on a southern plantation in the late 18th century, and for using just the right amount of words and didn't overdo it on the descriptive, she just kept the pace of the story just so that it feels more like an action-packed thriller. She also so cleverly evokes the story's time and place, that you the reader will virtually feel present as the the tale unfolds. I felt like I had traveled in time and was living among these perfectly developed characters, yet so thankful that I wasn't.
What I want to tell you above all is that this is a splendid, thought-provoking and touching story of amazingly(mostly) admirable people....there are a couple of really bad apples, yet the others who despite the tragedies that are happening in their lives, never lose heart.
Aside from the tragedies there is so much love and devotion in this story, I will never forget Mama Mae and her family. Along with so many other characters that I actually had to make a family tree to reminded me who belonged to each family!