A Respectable Trade
Bristol in 1787 is booming, a city where power beckons those who dare to take risks. Josiah Cole, a small dockside trader, is prepared to gamble everything to join the big players of the city. But he needs capital and a well-connected wife. Marriage to Frances Scott is a mutually convenient... show more
Bristol in 1787 is booming, a city where power beckons those who dare to take risks. Josiah Cole, a small dockside trader, is prepared to gamble everything to join the big players of the city. But he needs capital and a well-connected wife. Marriage to Frances Scott is a mutually convenient solution. Trading her social contacts for Josiah's protection, Frances finds her life and fortune dependent on the respectable trade of sugar, rum, and slaves. Into her new world comes Mehuru, once a priest in the ancient African kingdom of Yoruba, now a slave in England. From opposite ends of the earth, despite the difference in status, Mehuru and Frances confront each other and their need for love and liberty.
Publish date: February 1st 2007
Pages no: 512
Edition language: English
All I can remember of this one is that I repulsed from the first third and jettisoned it when I got about three quarters of the way through. This was one of those forbidden love, where the heroine is 'awakened' by her black lover and ever deplorable stereotype that you can think of. Feh!
As always with Philippa Gregory's books, this is a riveting read. Dealing with the atrocities of the slave trade, it's moving and thought-provoking from beginning to end. Like her Tudor/Boleyn books, I found this hard to put down and it left me wanting to know more about this shameful period in En...
I adore historical fiction; I especially enjoy historical romantic fiction. (Just cuz I am such a big fan of romance...) I enjoyed this book. I honestly finished it in a week; it was that good, I just couldn't put it down. I enjoy reading P.G.'s books, they're very well written and makes you feel li...