It’s hard to believe it’s June already, isn’t it? But here we are, and here The Summer Country is, now in paperback!
The New York Times bestselling historical novelist delivers her biggest, boldest, and most ambitious novel yet—a sweeping Victorian epic of lost love, lies, jealousy, and rebellion set in colonial Barbados.
Barbados, 1854. Emily Dawson has always been the poor cousin in a prosperous English 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? The answer lies in the past– a tangled history of deceit, greed, clandestine love, heartbreaking betrayal, and a bold bid for freedom.
A brilliant multigenerational saga in the tradition of The Thorn Birds and North and South, The Summer Country will beguile readers with its rendering of family, tragedy, and the endurance of hope against all odds.
Because of the current situation, I won’t be doing any in person touring, but I will be doing several Zoom events! You can find me from the comfort of your own living room at Cary Memorial Library (Zoom) on June 23rd, Warren-Newport Public Library on June 25th, and Mansfield Public Library on July 23rd. You can find the details and links to register over on the Events Page. (The events are free, but space is limited, so registration is required.)
If you’d like a signed paperback copy of The Summer Country, the wonderful folks at Split Rock Books in Cold Spring, NY would be more than happy to ship one (or ten!) your way! I’ll be popping in there to sign later this month, so just let them know who you’d like the book made out to, and they’ll pass along any requests to me. Signed books do make wonderful birthday gifts and care packages….
Happy summer and happy reading!