Bound (Satucket #2)
Alice Cole spent her first seven years living in two smoky, crowded rooms in London with her family. But a new home and a better life waited in the colonies, or so her father promised a bright dream that turned to ashes when her brothers and mother took ill and died during the arduous voyage. Arriving in New England unable to meet the added expenses incurred by their misfo...more
I thoroughly enjoyed the novel un ...more
The book tells the story of Alice Cole, who arrives in 18th century New England as a girl, losing most of her family on the trip only to be sold into indentured servitude at the end of it. When the real story begins, Alice is 15 and winds up with a master who rap ...more
Alice Cole, sold by her father into 11-years of indentured service is not unlike other women of the era, no voice and no power. Her hardship situation compounds her inability ...more
In fact that is what I believed was the saving grace of this story, the questions it did raise toward the conclusion-could Alice understand, identify, or acknowledge what 'love' is (due to her trauma and su ...more
I am so impressed with Ms. Gunning's writing, her keen character development, fluid dialog, and adept depiction of the time period. I appreciate that even within the narrative she remains faithful to the speech and "voice" of the day without boggi ...more
We meet many of the characters from Gunning's earlier (and most excellent) book The Widow's War. Gunning once again examines the legalities of the mid 1700s and how it affects women. She adds to that the conditions of servitude in a c ...more
A pretty easy read, I enjoyed that it was historical fiction told from an uncommon perspective. It wasn't earth shattering, but good. I found myself equally cheering on and suspicious of the lead character and had a hard time predicting what she would choose to do. Themes of overcoming adversity and ones "position" in life are throughout.
I was a bit disappointed that Alice did not *do* more to facilitate the kindnesses she received, but then, ...more
Excellent, well written book about the period just before the Revolutionary war.
I could have finished it (other than the fact it was one of those library books that's full of cat hair and other unnamed sticky gross substances), but I didn't really care if I did or didn't.
I picked up the next book on my list, was immediately sucked in, and went "Ah, yes ... THIS is why I read..."
The female protagonist, Alice Cole, was a fascinating character - her actions kept me guessing. An overall good read for fans of historical fiction.