4 out of 4 stars
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Title: The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden
Author: Londyn Skye
The novel revolves around Lily, a young woman with impeccable memory who was separated from her mother at an early age. She was forced to manage a household and suffer slavery. But she also found comfort during this hardship in the form of her best friend, James, who happens to be her owner's youngest son. She learned to play the piano all by herself just by watching her mistress teaching it to other children. James was her strength but he too was taken away from her when his father came to know about their friendship. He was sent to study medicine for 6 years and their friendship was lost over time.
Years later they met again but everything is changed. No longer are they friends who knew everything about each other with just one look, but two strangers. When James finds about Lily's remarkable ability to play the piano, without ever learning to play one he wants nothing more than the world to appreciate it, to know her and free her from this life of slavery. And here is when the real journey of Lily begins, she is taken by James to William Werthington, a kind old man who had already helped a nigro family in the hopes of getting help from him. He later became her mentor.
She faces many difficulties in her path as people would never want to listen to Nigro women but with James and her mentor, she overcomes many of her fears and came very close to achieving her goal.
During this period she also engaged in a relationship with her former best friend, James. Things seem to go smoothly but then suddenly everything changed. People weren't who they seem like.
James Adams, Lily's childhood best friend, and later lover was an important figure in the entire novel. He was the only person who, as Lily claimed, gave her a childhood at all. After returning home 6 years later, James' attitude towards Lily had completely changed but he still wants the best for her. It was he who brought her to Mr. William Werthington so that he could help them. James was a true friend to Lily in the entire book but things changed in the end.
The role of William Werthington in Lily's life was great. He became a father to her in the short time they were together. His role as a mentor to Lily taught her a lot of things. And she also learned how to read and write during her stay at his home. William was protective of Lily as if she was his daughter. William was a selfless man because he strived to help Lily without asking anything in return.
The author has done a great job of explaining every character of the book. The language used is perfect to show the period and emotions of people. And even if I tried I couldn't find a single mistake the entire time I read it. The novel is perfectly edited without any faults and I had a great time reading such a motivational story.
I will give this book a perfect 4 out of 4 stars.
The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden
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