Friday, March 9, 2018

Spring Reads: Keturah by Lisa T. Bergren

Bethany House; 350 pages; Buy Link; Blog Tour
I'm kicking off my first "Spring Reads" post with a few weeks earlier than what I originally intended to do. The book I'm reviewing is Ketunrah, book one in The Sugar Baraon's Daughters series, by Lisa T Bergren.

Set in 1772, the novel centers on Lady Keturah ("Ket") Banning Tomlinson and her sisters (Verity and Selah), whom each received a letter from the West Indies from their later father. It seems he had left his estate the "Tabletop Plantation" in Nevis to his daughters. Against their best judgements, the sisters packs their bags and travel to the Caribbean to cleanup whatever mess their father had left behind.

Upon arriving, they learn their father's legendary sugar barons have declined and they seek out to find a new overseer for the estate. Ket runs into an old childhood friend, Gray, who had moved to Nevis to begin a new life for himself.

This is a romance novel, so you can probably guess that Gray and Ket have some romantic feelings for each other. However, there's a slight problem, as Ket had been emotionally and physically abused in the past, so she's hesitant about trusting another man.

Final Thoughts

I have a bad habit of agreeing to review a book by it's cover alone. In this situation, I took one glance at the cover art from the press release and I eagerly signed up to review it. At the time I had just finished watching an episode of the third season of Outlander, which the last episodes were set in the Caribbean. I don't know if that has anything to do with my decision to review the book; however, I do love the cover, which features a woman sitting on the coast of a Caribbean island.

Anyway, I thought the book was a slow burner. I had trouble connecting with the characters; for me, they were all little bland. The descriptions and the historically accuracies throughout the novel are topnotch. Though the novel is published as a Christian novel, there are some heavy subjects and language that might offend some readers.

Overall, Keturah is a well-written historical romance, but I believe the characters should have been fleshed out more. Don't get wrong, I didn't hate the book; it's quite the opposite. Despite a slow beginning, I ended up liking the novel. This is book one, so I'm guessing the other two books in the trilogy will be about the Ket's sisters. 

*Note : I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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About the Author

Lisa T. Bergren has published more than 40 books with more than 3 million books sold combined. She's the author of the Christy Award-winning "Waterfall," RITA®-finalist "Firestorm," bestselling "God Gave Us You," and popular historical series like Homeward, Grand Tour, and more. She's also a recipient of the RT Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and three teen-and-older children.

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