4 out of 4 stars
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The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden by Londyn Skye is an exceptionally well-written work of fiction. The story begins with Lily, who is the daughter of a white man and a black woman at a time where slave trading was a common norm. Lily is sold to Jesse Adams, the owner of the Addams plantation, at a very young age. There she meets James Adams and they form a beautiful friendship. They face many hardships and that friendship eventually develops into a passionate love story. But there is no happily ever after in sight because of the race of our two protagonists.
The book moves back and forth in time to acquaint readers with the story of Lily and James. I loved the pace of the book. Some moments were very disturbing and heart ranching but I believe those moments brought more clarity to the hard reality of the situation. There are many other books in the same genre that gloss over the hard truth of the situation but that was not the case in this book.
London Skye did not paint over a pretty picture or hide behind a rosy glass. She did an exceptional job to bring harmony to the various aspects of the book. There were moments that were passionate and moments where I found myself horrified by what people had to face at that time just because of their race. The book made me cry, it made me laugh, and most of all, it made me appreciate that I was born in this day and age.
Coming to the negative aspects of the book, I don’t think there were any. And this is saying a lot for me because I can easily point many mistakes when I’m reading a book. There were no spelling errors or editing mistakes. I didn’t feel as if the love story between James and Lily was rushed. Also, there were clear reasons and foundations for their love. This is often not the case when it comes to the romantic genre.
On top of all this, every major character was very well fleshed out. Nobody was out of place in the plot and every character had clear drives and motives. On a personal note, I would love to read about the story of William and his wife. Apart from Lily and James, they were my favourite characters and I was always on the edge of my seat when William was involved. So, London Skye if you are reading this, then please see if you can make that happen.
However, if there was one thing that could improve this book, then I would say that this book should come with a trigger warning. The reason why I believe this is because slave trading is a very triggering subject for many people out there. And in the book, there are several scenes in which the plight of the slaves at that time is appallingly clear. Hence, if there was a trigger warning along with the book, then readers might go into it with clearer expectations and ideas.
All in all, I would give this book a solid 4 out of 4 stars. I would definitely recommend this book to people who are looking for a passionate love story that is filled with angst and is bound to knock you off your feet. Also, the ending was truly unexpected and marvellous. So, if you are looking for a brilliant romantic read, then you would enjoy The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden by London Skye.
The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden
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