Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden Review & Giveaway

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 facade 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.

I loved the fact that this is based on a true story. I read a review by Tom Wolfe that stated that “the reader should make any plans for the rest of the day….” and he was right about that. 

After I got through the first two chapters I could not put the book down. I had a few appointments the day I started reading The Wedding Gift and I would arrive a little early so I could get some more of this story read. I loved this book that much. I was able to completely read this book in about six and a half hours.

 I love how the story unfolded and how each chapter was labeled as to whose point of view we were looking through. Although this is Marlen Suyapa Bodden’s first novel I think I would love to read other books by her; I believe she did a wonderful job on this book and I think she will write other wonderful stories as well. I can’t wait to see what type of book she puts out next. I give this book and this author an “A+.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Tiffany

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