4 out of 4 stars
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Not being around in times when slavery was practiced, we have books and movies that give us a glimpse into what those times were like. The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden by Londyn Skye is one of them.
Lily is a slave girl bought by Jesse from her father. She was separated from her mom at the age of nine, who being a slave, could do nothing to stop it. Working for Jesse's family was hard for a young girl but she had no choice. There she met Jesse's youngest son, James, who felt pity for her. They became friends and had to hide whenever they were together.
Jesse eventually found out about their friendship and ended it. James who used to be her confidante and best friend started treating her badly like the others. He had to go away to college. He returned after several years and got to see Lily again. Would he continue tormenting her or would they establish a new relationship against the norm?
The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden is a book about slavery, romance, family, friendship, and betrayal. It is fiction told in the third person point-of-view. It narrates the injustice meted out to slaves and how they were not considered human. Each chapter began with either a slave code or the definition of a word, these are related to the events in the chapter. The slave code contained how slaves were treated unjustly and the punishments if they violated any rule. I found the codes preposterous. I'm glad slavery was abolished.
I liked the main character, Lily, most. She was kind, strong, and brilliant. She could learn things easily as a result of her photographic memory and this awed me. I easily took a liking to the characters who stood by Lily. It was not difficult to hate those who treated her worse than an animal. Jesse, Lily's master, was a terrible person. At some point, I felt like giving him a resounding slap. My emotions were engaged in this book. The character development was good and I had no issue recognizing a character or mixing up their names. I also admired the bonds of friendship and family in this book. The way they cared for one other and were willing to help one another fulfill their dreams is worth emulating. I didn't observe any error while reading, the editing was flawless.
One thing I didn't like is the inconsistency in the southern accent used by some of the characters. It was confusing at first because sometimes proper English was used for the same character. It is not enough to take a star from its rating though.
It contains profane languages. It has erotic scenes and hence not suitable for children. It is not a religious book although prayer was mentioned at some point.
I rate The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend this book to lovers of romance.
The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden
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