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Illness suddenly deprives 17-year-old Sarah Da Silva and her older brother Jacob of a mother. Before Sarah has come to terms with that loss, her merchant father grows frail and increasingly desperate in the face of impending bankruptcy. On the rainy night their father scours the docks of Bordeaux, France, to make his final bid to save his family, his children are kidnapped ...more
Kindle Edition, 462 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Wayne Clark YUL/NYC
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David Styles
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
In short, excellent escapism in an immersive setting.

After an unpromising start, I came to really enjoy this book. By an unpromising start, I mean the page-long scene-setting first chapter that finishes with not so much a cliffhanger — we are not yet invested enough in anybody to feel tension — as a classic clickbait line that robbed the moment of any seriousness it could have had:

“Throughout their lives Sarah and Jacob came to believe they were never truly ready for what happened next.”

Once on
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Britt
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, own, 2017
Thank you to the author for providing me a copy of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review

One day Sarah and Jacob Da Silva were taken by force while waiting for their father to complete a business deal. They were made to become indentured servants to a ship's captain. They were forced to leave their home in France to be taken to "the new world" aka New York City. They knew that most likely, that would be the last time they'd ever see their father again.

While aboard, they were forc
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Jimmy Jefferson
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great historical story. The history is accurate and the story and characters are incredible. The story starts with a brother and sister who are kidnapped and sold into slavery. Sarah decides she will not continue to be a slave to the evil merchant who bought her. With knife in hand, she bargains for her freedom and begins a journey with the merchant seeking revenge. Great flow to the story and development of Sarah and Jacob. The story pulls the reader in and has you routing for these t ...more
Scarlett Jensen
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wayne Clark is a Montreal writer and author of the international award-winning literary fiction novel he & She. In addition to writing fiction he has worked as a journalist, copywriter and translator.

As a well- seasoned writer, he is successful in the structuring of a consistent and intelligent content which accompanies the realistic enviroment and historic detail of the time. His sensitivity creates different moods representative of his well-considered character descriptions, engaging the r
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Erin
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Most readers have been blown away by Wayne Clark’s That Woman and while I completely respect that fact, I can’t claim to run with the crowd. I stand by my review, but I want to be very clear that I am in the minority when it comes to this book and that my comments should be understood as the exception rather than the norm.

For the record, I quite liked the idea of this story and applaud the author’s vision and choice of subje
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Aimee Ann
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kidnapped in France and brought to America as an indentured servant, a young woman takes on the brutal merchant king of New York’s East River waterfront…
Illness suddenly deprives 17-year-old Sarah Da Silva and her older brother Jacob of a mother. Before Sarah has come to terms with that loss, her merchant father grows frail and increasingly desperate in the face of impending bankruptcy. On a rainy night, their father scours the docks of Bordeaux, France, to make his final bid to save his family,
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Wayne Clark
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nyc, history
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

“Listen,” Gabriel Da Silva told his two children, Sarah and Jacob, “listen well because I am preparing you for life.” These arresting words open That Woman: Beating the Odds in Colonial New York by Wayne Clark, a historical novel that deals with kidnapping and a woman’s incredible courage. At a time their mother dies of illness, seventeen-year-old Sarah’s father is facing bankruptcy. The day that the merchant tries the final bid to save his family,
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Paul Bennett
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2017 Book Excellence Awards Finalist for Fiction

2017 Winner 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading

A brief synopsis of the tale:

Kidnapped in France and brought to America as an indentured servant, a young woman takes on the brutal merchant king of New York’s East River waterfront…

Illness suddenly deprives 17-year-old Sarah Da Silva and her older brother Jacob of a mother. Before Sarah has come to terms with that loss, her merchant father grows frail and increasingly desperate in the face of impen
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Kimmie
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Oh My Gods, what a book! That Woman is written wonderfully. The author has obviously taken time to master the craft and has created a story that flows easily and does a great job of developing the characters and making us want to know what will happen next.
This book is Sarah Da Silva as she tries to find her brother and survive in a the new world. Sarah had a life in France. Everything was fine until her mother passed away from an illness. And now her father is falling apart himself. He has grow
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Jen
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
That Woman: Beating the Odds in Colonial New York by Wayne Clark was more enjoyable than I expected. I was initially put off by its length – it runs over 400 pages. But, as I began to read, I found that I enjoyed Clark’s writing style. The plot is intricate and the setting is vast. Even with the length, I found the story moved along fairly quickly.

This novel is a great piece of historical fiction. I feel like I learned more about New York City during the Colonial period than I did before. I also
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Ivory M
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Growing up in the 1700's was a precarious time, where you could easily be ruined by a stroke of bad luck. Gabriel Da Silva tried his best to prepare his children for taking over his business or even building their own businesses. Who would think you need to prepare your child to be kidnapped? I mean seriously most people do not have the particular type of skills to know what to do. The characters are authentic for the time period as well as credible. Sarah will steal your heart with her intellig ...more
Sanjin
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel has it all, great plot, excellent pacing, incredible characters and fantastic writing style. Maybe I am a bit generous with praises, but I really loved it.
This is a historical novel, but it doesn't depend heavily on the time period it is set in – this story could, with minor changes, be told anywhere and in any time period. That is the case because it is basically a revenge story, Sarah and her brother are sold as slaves, but she manages to force her freedom out of the evil merchant,
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Amanda
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review-2017
I will admit that historical fiction as a genre is a one I have to stumble upon rather than go in search of. That Woman by Wayne Clark makes lists of Great, Recommended, and Superbly Written Historical Fiction lists on Goodreads.com. The summary hints of a cunning female lead besting her male counterparts in a harsh, unforgiving time and place in history.

Sarah as a character came across tough as nails with just enough vulnerability, therefore escaping the damsel in distress scenario I so despise
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Heidi
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Woman Beating the Odds in Colonial N.Y. by Wayne Clark is a historical adventure. The reader is kept in suspense from the beginning when we are introduced to the family, to the very last page.

We meet Sarah Da Silva, a 17 year old that finds her brother and herself losing their mother to a sudden illness. If that wasn't enough to cope with her father who is a merchant becomes frail and bankruptcy becomes ever more likely by the day. Set in Bordeaux France her father finds himself, one rainy n
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Ivan Hecimovic
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
That Woman: Beating the odds in Colonial New York is a novel written by Wayne Clark. In this novel, we read about a young woman named Sarah da Silva and her life journey as she suddenly is kidnapped and forced to be and to live a life of a servant.
The novel starts with short introduction of Sarah’s life. We read about her father Gabriel and his warning about his impeding danger of becoming a bankrupt man. All this adds even more to the overall “I want to read more of it’’ element of the novel,
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Kristen
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: upwork
This book had me all over the emotional charts.Set in the 1700’s misfortune after misfortune find a family in western France. A somber beginning with not much hope in sight. Then it just appears to get worse. But Sarah, badass / sweet Sarah, is the glimmer of hope the book needs!

Sarah, the protagonist, is exactly what you hope for when a novel heads in this direction. She is smart, confident, fearless, and by under no means someone's property. She is something to be admired and an example for o
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Maranda Russell
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
Wayne Clark’s historical adventure novel, “That Woman: Beating the odds in colonial New York”, is an exciting, suspense-filled journey to another time and place, but one that still mirrors many of the troubles faced in our current world. From the very beginning, you will grow to feel compassion for Sarah and Jacob Da Silva and their father. Dealing with a loss like the death of your mother is certainly hard enough, but add to that the financial ruin of the family and even being sold into human t ...more
Shanell Meek
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’ll draw you in and hold you hostage to the last page!

That Woman: Beating the odd in Colonial New York by Wayne Clark is the whole package! The plot drug me in and I couldn’t stop reading from the moment I started it. The characters are amazing, personable and multidimensional. Everything was beautifully done! Even though it is a historical novel, it didn’t have that colonial feel to it. This could easily be a book about a woman right now in the current day and age. The story follows Sarah Da
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Christie Sitterly
That Woman by Wayne Clark is a historical novel that takes place in Colonial New York. Sarah and Jacob live in Paris and know that their father is on the verge of ruin after a series of bad business decisions. The story begins while they are sitting on a dock while their father meets with a ship’s captain in a last attempt at gaining business. The children are kidnapped and the reader is left to wonder if their father planned it, or if this occurred by happenstance.

Sarah and Jacob are whisked a
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Michellej
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the opening to “That Woman: Beating the odds in colonial New York” the writer gives us a heads up to the deep twists and turns that this book would take. He writes of the father, Gabriel Da Silva stating to his teen age children - “I am preparing you for life.” He said that many times. In the end, he failed entirely. Throughout their lives Sarah and Jacob came to believe they were never truly ready for what happened next.” For what comes next in the lives of these poor kids will make you very ...more
Mar
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
That Woman: Beating the odds in Colonial New York is a book you should read. This is a classic revenge story but it’s written in such an engaging way that it’s hard to put it down. It has an excellent pace and a very strong story. Even though it’s placed in the XVIII century it could easily be placed in another time setting. Sarah’s story is an emotional one but the author does not hold back on the violence needed for her to survive in such harsh conditions.
The first couple of pages are not that
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Julius Blitzy
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wayne Clark does it again, delivering a story that is fascinating and compelling to read.
If his novel “he and She” impressed me, then this novel “That Woman: Beating the odds in Colonial New York” goes one step further.

The story of Sarah, who is torn away from her family and kidnapped to be sold in New York, and her fight and determination to not let anyone or anything bring her down, is both captivating and enthralling. A truly inspirational story about self empowerment, survival, and fighting
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Chelseyam
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is no doubt about it, you are certain to fall in love with the character of Sarah as you read through her tragic story. Of course, even when the odds are against her, she finds the strength to stand up for her family. The strength in this character should be seen more often as women need more strong characters to follow and look up to.
The writing in this novel is incredible. You will feel as if you’ve gone back in time. I was especially impressed by the wonderful description of France, wh
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Katy
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good historical fiction novel and That Woman is a perfect fit! Sarah and her brother are sold as indentured servants, but Sarah fights for her rights and changes her fate when she stands up to the horrible man she is to work for. I LOVE the main character Sarah and her story. She is a strong female lead that tackles both difficulties and opportunities and rises to the occasion when needed. The story of an indentured servant is also eye-opening and I sympathized for both Sarah and her br ...more
J. Noalani
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Through his characters, Wayne Clark paints a portrait of life on the lower rungs of society in colonial New York. I especially admire the lead female protagonist, Sarah, who, kidnapped with her brother Jacob into indentured servitude, secures her freedom from the vile merchant, Zachariah Croman. For nearly two years, Croman has been raping Sarah, and she plots her revenge. Educated, clever, and resourceful, Sarah develops meaningful friendships and learns to navigate through the complexities of ...more
Anishella Jb
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story really took off for me when Sarah got separated from her brother after the two were sold into indentureship in New York. Sarah is most definitely my kind of heroine. She is smart, engaging, innocent, kind, tenacious, direct and passionate. The author captures her pain and despair as well as her courage and hope. While the focus is naturally on Sarah (That Woman of the title), I must add that I appreciated every step I took with the other characters. The detailed descriptions of histori ...more
Donna Maguire
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I do love historical fiction and I was intrigued by the blurb and cover for this book. I have read a little bit about this period of history so was keen to get started on the book.

It is a very well written book that is well researched and accurate in its portrayal of what was happening in the area at that period of time - the characters and believable and it certainly makes for a really good story.

Four stars from me, I really enjoyed it!
Brie McGirr Proofreading
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful read! I've recommended it to many friends!
Cindy
Aug 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Very disappointing ending. I was enjoying the book but hated the ending.
Diane Robinson
That Woman is an empowering story!
Sarah Da Silva and her brother Jacob are teenagers growing up in Bordeaux,
France in 1748. On the docks of France, they have been learning the merchant
business and helping their merchant father. That is, until they are
kidnapped by a merchant ship bound for New York. In New York, they are
separated and sold to the highest bidders. There, they must work off their
indentures to pay for their passages. The sister and brother don't see each
other again for three years.

Ag
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Wayne Clark is the author of general fiction novel Hollywood via Orchard Street, historical fiction novel That Woman: Beating the odds in Colonial New York, and literary-fiction novel he & She.

Award-winning author Wayne Clark was born in 1946 in Ottawa, Ont., but has called Montreal home since 1968. Woven through that time frame in no particular order have been interludes in Halifax, Toronto
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