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Daughter of a slave master and a slave, Lily is torn literally from her mother at an early age of nine. Levi, her master, and her father take Lily to auction in 1845 America. In her new home, Lily finds friendship with James, the youngest son of the new owner. The relationship between the two children thrives until the master discovers James helping Lily with her chores. Several years have since passed when James returns from medical school. Upon James returning, he finds Lily playing his mother's piano. James demands to know how she learned to play so well without lessons. Lily had self-taught herself by listening to her mistress giving lessons. Lily had learned by listening and could duplicate what she had heard explicitly. James came up with a plan to take Lily away from the plantation unbeknownst to her. His idea entailed taking her away from the slave plantation and giving her the freedom she would have never known otherwise. James carries Lily to the home of William Wertherington, a well-known music enthusiast. William takes Lily under his wing and becomes her mentor, a valued friend, and a father figure.
The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden is a poignant love story blended with racial uncertainty and historical elements. A friendship and romance built on a tumultuous and forbidden relationship that has me waiting and wanting more. I love Lily and James story. I was expecting a steamy romance and not much more. London Skye brought substance to her storytelling with details of slavery and the people involved. There was nothing I disliked about this book. I'm eager to read more about Lily and the strength her gift gave her to succeed.
I noticed no errors in this book. It appears professionally edited. The editing had to be an undertaking in itself, utilizing the language of that time to give it a realistic feel.
I rate The Prodigy Slave, Book One a 4 out of 4 stars. Love, misery, and betrayal are all brought into Lila’s story. The many ups and downs Lily experienced was a page-turner for me. I'm eager to start the next book. London Skye did a great job bringing Lily and James to life in this historic setting.
I recommend the Lily and James saga to women who like a strong female character and a little steamy romance. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone offended by graphic violence or explicit sexual content. This book is suitable for adults only.
The Prodigy Slave, Book One: Journey to Winter Garden
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