On Sale: June 4, 2019
Featuring: Emily Dawson; Adam
Hardcover / e-Book
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Suspense Historical | Romance Historical | Suspense Gothic
The New York Times bestselling historical novelist
delivers her biggest, boldest, and most ambitious novel
yet—a sweeping, dramatic Victorian epic of lost love, lies,
jealousy, and rebellion set in colonial
1854. From Bristol to Barbados. . . . Emily
Dawson has always been the poor cousin in a prosperous
merchant clan—merely a vicar's daughter, and a
reform-minded vicar's daughter, at that. Everyone knows
that the family's lucrative shipping business will go to
her cousin, Adam, one day. But when her grandfather dies,
Emily receives an unexpected inheiritance: Peverills, a
sugar plantation in Barbados—a plantation her grandfather
never told anyone he owned.
When Emily accompanies
her cousin and his new wife to Barbados, she finds Peverills
a burnt-out shell, reduced to ruins in 1816, when a rising
of enslaved people sent the island up in flames. Rumors
swirl around the derelict plantation; people whisper of
Why would her practical-minded grandfather
leave her a property in ruins? Why are the neighboring
plantation owners, the Davenants, so eager to acquire
Peverills—so eager that they invite Emily and her cousins to
stay with them indefinitely? Emily finds herself bewitched
by the slightly sinister tropical beauty of the island even
as she's drawn into the personalities and politics of forty
years before: a tangled history of clandestine love,
heartbreaking betrayal, and a bold bid for
When family secrets begin to unravel and the
harsh truth of history becomes more and more plain, Emily
must challenge everything she thought she knew about her
family, their legacy . . . and herself.
Plano Book Club - June 19, 2019
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