"Crop blight . . . Terrible drought . . . . Machinery failure . . . . Another overseer lost to the ague . . . Returns far less than the last . . .
Keturah, The Sugar Baron's Daughters Book One
Gray Covington is certain that Keturah has grown up into a beauty all her own. After enduring what he assumed to be a terrible marriage, before being widowed, Keturah makes it crystal clear that she never wants to be beholden to a man again. If only she would make an exception, for what she is about to face on the island of Nevis is going to test her independence to unfathomable limits.
"Keturah" is quite the wonder, spilling over with lush descriptive scenery, only to be interrupted with the harsh realities of island proprietorship as a single woman. The fragrance of romance is a gift from author to reader, especially with nuggets of truth such as this, "All God expects of us is to do our best, from morning to night. He doesn't expect us to do things that only He can accomplish . . . "
Well said, Gray Covington!
BACK COVER BLURB:
In 1772 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the heiresses of their father's estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage.
Although it flies against all the conventions for women of the time, they're determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, proper gender roles are the least of their concerns. On the infamous island of Nevis, the sisters discover the legacy of the legendary sugar barons has vastly declined--and that's just the start of what their eyes are opened to in this unfamiliar world.
Keturah never intends to put herself at the mercy of a man again, but every man on the island seems to be trying to win her hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. She could desperately use an ally, but even an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend leaves her questioning his motives.
Set on keeping her family together and saving her father's plantation, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?
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