Kate's Reviews > King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village

King Peggy by Peggielene Bartels
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Mar 18, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012-books, 12-ann-michael-recommendations
Read from March 10 to 16, 2012

This is a very interesting, well written story about a secretary in the Ghanian embassy learning that she has become king of her village in Africa and how she rises to that challenge. Peggy is a very spiritual woman working hard in a large city, but she is very much alone at times. She calls her brother in Australia daily to help him keep his life going in the right direction, and she stayed in touch with her relatives back in her native village, Ottuam in Ghana. When she receives the call informing her that she is to be their next king, her life begins to change in many ways. Her story of change, as well as the changes that occur in the village are kept me reading this unusual story. Unlike some narrative nonfiction, this story kept moving and did not bog down in the details. Alexander McCall Smith who writes the First Lady's Detective Agency series, set in Botswana, wrote a blurb for the book and indeed, this book reminded me of his stories in terms of pace and description.


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