4 out of 4 stars
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Welcome to the 1800s where people legally own slaves and even have a Slave Code to follow to keep everything on the up and up. This is the story of Lily who's mama was a slave and her papa was the slave owner. At the age of nine her father auctioned her to a new owner in Virginia where she becomes a house slave. As the years go by, she becomes friends with one of the children (James) and learns to play piano by ear as she has perfect pitch.
Eventually James sneaks her out of the farm on the pretext of taking her to a breeder but in reality he takes her to William a famous concert pianist in Ohio so that she can be trained. She overcomes many obstacles to become the star of the symphony and James's lover.
In a world where black people are considered less than human, we see how they handle and think of themselves verses their fellow free colored people. You will find jealousy and help from diverse people as they all navigate through black/white relationships in a world where it's a crime to relate outside the boundaries of the slave code.
Londyn Skye uses descriptive language as she tries to make you see through her eyes. There are enough antagonists in The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden that you keep waiting for the other shoe to drop and you know when it does it's going to be messy. The ending is tragic and you will be left hanging but thankfully there is a second book in this series to look forward to.
The book is well written and professionally edited. I recommend it for mature audiences as there is none borderline profanity and quite a bit if adult content both from the story itself and their romantic encounters. If historical romance is your cup of tea, then this book is definitely a must read.
I give this author 4 out of 4 stars as the book is a great read. I liked most that she told the story from a different angle where someone rises above all odds and does the impossible. I disliked most the repetition that gets tedious e.g. from page 135 to about 139, James being jealous of Elijah is repeated severally. Enjoy Lily's journey from Virginia all the way to New York as she comes into her own both musically and professionally.
The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden
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