Sugar Money by Jane Harris
Martinique, 1765. Brothers Emile and Lucien are charged by their French master, Father Cleophas, to return to Grenada, the island they once called home, and smuggle back the 42 slaves claimed by English invaders at the hospital plantation in Fort Royal.
I will begin with my opinion of the book so it doesn’t become lost in the body of my review – this is an amazing novel that will be one of my favourites stories this year. A must read from one of my favourite authors.
I originally bought this novel on publication day last year and even started reading it. However, I was very busy at the time and identifying that it would be such a fantastic read, I wanted to save it for a time when I could read it in a couple of sittings.
Fast forward to March this year. After doing some reading on the French Indian Wars (1754-63) for work and then seeing Hamilton I was inspired to pick this novel up again.
Firstly, the historical setting is fantastic and I spent a lot of time looking things up on my Ipad (maps, phrases, locations, landscapes) out of interest.
Most importantly, the story hooks you from the beginning and Lucien’s voice is distinct and authentic. As the mission progresses the book turns into an absolute page turner. I had to force myself to put it down and go to sleep one night.
I can’t rave about this book enough. Thank you, Jane Harris! I think I can credit you with slaying my 18 month reading slump.