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Friday, November 1, 2013

Book Spotlight - The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden

About The Book:

When prestigious plantation owner Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa’s hand in marriage, she takes with her a gift: Sarah—her slave and her half-sister.  Raised by an educated mother, Clarissa is not a proper southern belle she appears to be with ambitions of loving who she chooses and Sarah equally hides behind the façade of being a docile house slave as she plots to escape. Both women bring these tumultuous secrets and desires with them to their new home, igniting events that spiral into a tale beyond what you ever imagined possible and it will leave you enraptured until the very end.

Told through alternating viewpoints of Sarah and Theodora Allen, Cornelius’ wife, Marlen Suyapa Bodden's The Wedding Gift is an intimate portrait that will leave readers breathless.

My Thoughts:

Although "The Wedding Gift" is a very well written book, told from two very differing points of view, I have chosen not to write a review of the book as I felt there was an unrealistic portrayal of the time period the story was set in.

I strive to provide honest opinions here of the books I read, and if I can't, in good conscience, recommend a book as one I enjoyed and that I think others will enjoy, I won't.

In the case of "The Wedding Gift," I can only said it was very well-written. 

About The Author:

MARLEN SUYAPA BODDEN is a lawyer at The Legal Aid Society, the nation’s oldest and largest law firm for the poor, in New York City. She drew on her knowledge of modern and historical slavery, human trafficking, and human rights abuses to write The Wedding Gift, her first novel.

My thanks to Wunderkind PR for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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