Also the owner of: http://silversolara.blogspot.com I enjoy reading historical fiction and mystery. I live in Pennsylvania and am a retired business teacher.
Poignant, heartbreaking, and unfortunately true.
THE WEDDING GIFT is beautiful in the sense of how the story is told in the author's marvelous prose and flowing style, but ugly in the harshness, cruelty, and reality of the events.
The characters will pull at your heart strings as you follow Emmeline, Belle, Sarah, and Theodora Allen through their day. The plantation owner's wife, Theodora Allen, is held under his thumb and must obey all his commands and put up with his physical and verbal abuse.
All these women are very strong characters in their own right, but have no rights in this era. This era seems to "own" the women whether they are free or enslaved. Another character who is one of the main characters, Clarissa Allen, Sarah's half sister and Clarissa's maid, is a spoiled brat but a good person underneath it all.
A positive lesson though is to never give up, follow your dreams, and work hard. 5/5
This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.