3 out of 4 stars
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The world is a blend of both sexes — male and female. We are more conversant with the historical stories of men but know little of the women's. In The Saga of Bridget and Amanda: New Challenges, Carole Love-Forbes creates a story that stems from history about women playing significant roles in the society.
This second book in The Saga of Bridget and Amanda series is a historical piece set in the 17th century. It centered on the lives of two strong characters, Bridget Johnson and Amanda MacDougal. These ladies' journeys began in the first book (you may have to read it to get a foundation). In this continuation, Amanda marries her late husband and master's son, James, after having suffered in the hands of her daughter's father, Ugly, and Fiona, James MacDougal's sister. On the other hand, Bridget marries her best friend, Christopher Johnson, who helped her escape from her abusive husband with whom she had a daughter. Thus, the stories of Lindy and Rachel, the daughters of Amanda and Bridget, unfolded. On the side, Esther, the daughter of Cinnamon, Amanda's cook, had her battles as a woman in the 17th century, for being black but fair-skinned. All five women's stories are told with details of their eventful lives — the good, the bad, and the ugly.
This book, though fictional, has its roots in American history. This history dates back to the period when carriages and ships were the primary means of transportation. This was the time when racism was on a high, and slavery was the norm.
I found the use of language in this book fascinating. The languages used in the conversations were well suited to the time, and even the black slaves' lingo was aptly captured — their insufficient knowledge of the English language was evident. I commend the author for her ability to merge events without leaving the reader guessing. I also thought the author was excellent in her descriptions as they painted vivid pictures that appealed to my emotions. One of these was Esther's story and how she was sold into slavery even after being free and adopted by the MacDougals.
The tragic events in this story were what I disliked most. More so, the multiple typographical and grammatical errors were a bit disturbing. However, it didn't tamper with my interest in the story and determination to get to the last page. I'd take a star from this book for its grammatical and typographical errors, giving it 3 out of 4 stars. I'd recommend this book to a mature audience, especially lovers of historical fiction.
The Saga of Bridget and Amanda Book Two
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