So there’s this book you may have heard me mention that happens to be set in colonial Barbados…. Guess what? I now have ARCs! And they look absolutely lovely.
For today’s Monday Give Away, I give you… an advance copy of The Summer Country!
Here’s the official description:
The New York Times bestselling historical novelist delivers her biggest, boldest, and most ambitious novel yet—a sweeping, dramatic Victorian epic of lost love, lies, jealousy, and rebellion set in colonial Barbados.
1854. From Bristol to Barbados. . . .
Emily Dawson has always been the poor cousin in a prosperous merchant clan—merely a vicar’s daughter, and a reform-minded vicar’s daughter, at that. Everyone knows that the family’s lucrative shipping business will go to her cousin, Adam, one day. But when her grandfather dies, Emily receives an unexpected inheiritance: Peverills, a sugar plantation in Barbados—a plantation her grandfather never told anyone he owned.
When Emily accompanies her cousin and his new wife to Barbados, she finds Peverills a burnt-out shell, reduced to ruins in 1816, when a rising of enslaved people sent the island up in flames. Rumors swirl around the derelict plantation; people whisper of ghosts.
Why would her practical-minded grandfather leave her a property in ruins? Why are the neighboring plantation owners, the Davenants, so eager to acquire Peverills—so eager that they invite Emily and her cousins to stay with them indefinitely? Emily finds herself bewitched by the beauty of the island even as she’s drawn into the personalities and politics of forty years before: a tangled history of clandestine love, heartbreaking betrayal, and a bold bid for freedom.
When family secrets begin to unravel and the harsh truth of history becomes more and more plain, Emily must challenge everything she thought she knew about her family, their legacy . . . and herself.
This book began nearly a decade ago on a plantation tour when I heard a story that’s haunted me ever since. Or, really, I could say it began long before that, when I first read The Thorn Birds, and M.M. Kaye’s Trade Wind, and all those other historical epics that weighted down bookstore shelves in the 80s: vast, sweeping books that took you to the farthest reaches of the globe and never shied away from tackling problematic moments in history. Also, cholera epidemics. Every good epic needed a good cholera epidemic.
Whichever way you date it, The Summer Country is a book that’s been a very, very long time in the making, and I cannot tell you how excited I am to finally get to share it with you!
For a chance to win an ARC of The Summer Country, here’s your question: if you could read a book set anyplace in the world in any time period, what would you choose?
The winner will be announced on Wednesday.
The Summer Country will be making its public appearance on June 4, 2019. In the meantime, you can find The Summer Country up for pre-order at Amazon, B&N, Indiebound, and wherever else books are sold.