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(The Sugar Baron's Daughters #1)

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In 1772 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the heiresses of their father's estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage.

Although it flies against all the conventions for women of the time, they're determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean,
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Bethany House Publishers
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Conquered at 30%.
I almost wished I could share my notes and highlights on this file like people do with their kindle copies, because there was just so much snark going on!

Keturah's former plight fails to arouse my sympathy...she has decided to punish the entire race of men for the actions of one. That's not the sign of a strong woman. A lady who flexes her muscles and yells aloud does not a strong woman make. This sugar puff loses her spine the minute she touches the hero's bare chest, though t

I received this book for free from LibraryThing’s Member Giveaways.

I really liked this book. Despite some of the less than savory subject matter and situations that the characters were in, I found this book to be incredibly hopeful and uplifting. The Christian aspect of this wasn’t overbearing at all.

I thought that the story was very unique, you never really see books that deal with plantations in the Caribbean. It was incredibly interesting and insightful to explore this little spot in history.
Libby May
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Keturah was a book that I personally enjoyed.
Yes, I agree with a lot of my friends that did not enjoy the book. There were plenty of scenes that made me go "bleh" out loud (16 to be exact)
Yes, most of the attraction between Keturah and Gray was physical and the mentions of his bare chest was yucky.

However! The plot was good, the story was good. Keturah's determination, and Gray's "change" were agreeable and believable. And Keturah's wariness of males because of her past was very understandable
Andrea Cox
The first third of this book was entertaining, intriguing, and mostly well written. My enjoyment of this portion of the book is what saved it from being a one-star read for me. The back-cover copy and beautiful cover art drew me to this story, and I had been excited to receive an early copy (a positive review not required). The aspect I was most looking forward to was a woman in the late 1770s fighting to save her family's plantation. That was a unique approach.

Once I dug into it, though, I was
Maureen Timerman
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
What a captivating read, a story that brings us across oceans and continents, and a blend of cultures.
You can see how society would be aghast when Keturah, Lady Tomlinson, and her sister’s Selah and Verity, go unescorted across the Atlantic from England to the West Indies, and are intent to running a sugar plantation alone.
Throughout the ordeals that they encounter, you see a great strength in God, and a constant watchful eye of Ket’s childhood friend Grey, another man on his way to plow his own
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-copies
When Keturah and her two sisters find their finances depleting because of their father's and estate manager's deaths, they make the crazy decision to travel halfway around the world to save their father's sugar plantation in the Caribbean islands. Coincidentally, Keturah's childhood friend travels on the same boat to save his own plantation. Can Keturah rise above the innumerable challenges she will face as a woman alone in a very dangerous, sexist community as well as heal from the wounds her a ...more
m a r y l i z
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
*breaks into the "Hallelujah" chorus*

I feel so free now that this book is finally over.

I almost DNF-ed it - almost - but I forced myself to keep reading because it was a review book.

Honestly, I'm glad I did . . . but only because it gives me the satisfaction of having conquered this *cough* interesting book.

Lovely Things:

- The unique setting. I've never read a book set in the Indies! I found the premise to be rather different and unique. Though honestly, it ended up being a super boring stor
Haley S
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can’t say that I liked this book better than Lisa’s River of Time series, but I still did enjoy it. I mean, The River of Time is hard to beat because I love it so much. However, Keturah was very good.
All Lisa T. Bergren fans will definitely enjoy this book. However, I do have to say Keturah’s backstory was slightly confusing. I didn’t really understand what happened to her. Therefore, I didn’t really “feel” for her. I am very excited to read about Verity and Selah. I wish I could talk more ab
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-books
I was sucked into reading this book because of the gorgeous cover and the fact that it seemed to be kind of controversial among my Goodreads friends - I wanted to see what all the buzz/hype was about. Well, I saw. And I didn't much like it.

I'll start with the good. I appreciated the setting and details of daily life in the West Indies in 1772. That was cool. One of my favorite books is The Witch of Blackbird Pond which has the main character speaking/thinking often about her life in the West Ind
3.5 stars

Keturah by Lisa T. Bergren was an enjoyable read, with some lovely bits and interesting themes. As book one of this author's new series, THE SUGAR BARON'S DAUGHTERS, I was very much looking forward to it! It didn't end up being my favorite read, but I still am excited to read the next installment to the series and adventure more with this trio of sisters.

Keturah Banning Tomlinson is the eldest of the sisters, living in 1770s England. Upon word of her beloved father's death, she determin
Rachel McMillan
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
With Bergren's penchant for layered historical research, winsomely poetic voice and dialogue that swiftly spins a spell on the helpless reader, KETURAH is unlike any other historical inspirational tale I have ever read.

It features a stunning history and local as well a a situation wherein women are forced to act as catalysts for their own agency -- while still accepting the grace of a male (this hero is to die for, fyi) protector.

Inspirational fiction like this takes strides in not only paintin
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
3.5 stars

After a slow start, I found myself really enjoying this book. It did take a bit for me to like the main character and feel some sort of emotional connection to her and the story but it did happen about half way through. The last third of the book the pacing picked up and things started happening. That time period and plantations are fascinating to me. So exotic and adventurous, yet so perilous. The author did a good job of capturing all those elements. The slavery that existed is so har
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Just as satisfying the second time, if not even more. The historical research astounds me!

I was completely impressed with how organically Lisa Tawn Bergren connected the elements throughout this story.
Keturah Tomlinson knows the depth of hurt and grief. What she can't fathom is how much this will influence her towards good when she is challenged to live in a society surrounded by prejudice, slavery, and injustice.

Loss has blackened the Banning household and the three sisters decide to sail towa
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
KETURAH is a breathtaking story of sacrifice, forgiveness, trust, and love as three sisters strive to succeed on their sugar plantation in the wild and unpredictable West Indies. These sisters face adventure from the beginning and continue to be challenged every step of the way, finding they must rely on each other, on friends, and on God if they are to survive. Fans of the genre and of this author are sure to love stepping into Keturah's story with much anticipation for the next book in this se ...more
Keturah Lamb
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Now I usually stay away from historical romances (or any historical fiction for that matter). While I love history... I feel most historical books are simply a paragraph of history stretched over a novel. I like to compare this to G. A. Henty's novels which are a paragraph of fiction stretched over history. This is an exaggeration only on Henty's side, as he does have a little more fiction than that ;)

But when I saw this book had a main character that shares the same first name as me, I really
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Bergren has long been one of my favorite authors, starting with her famous “River of Time” series. I was so excited for the chance to read and review her newest book, “Keturah,” the first book in the “Sugar Baron’s Daughters” series. I can say that I truly loved “Keturah!”

“Keturah” is a beautifully written story. I love Ms. Bergren’s engaging writing style that kept me turning pages and made me so invested in her characters. Even though this isn’t as fast-paced as her young adult novels, it
Suzie Waltner
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
In her new series debut, Lisa T. Bergren introduces readers to the sugar plantations of Indies—specifically the island of Nevis. Fair warning, reading this book just might make you long for a Caribbean vacation to experience the islands yourself.
Keturah is bound and determined (some call it tenacity, others call it stubbornness) to save her family’s plantation. In the process, she longs to prove her strength—both to herself and to others.
Bergren delves into the difficult and ugly realities of th
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn’t enjoy this one as I hoped I would. I couldn’t get into it for the longest time, and Schubert creeped me out too much (and then didn’t see any punishment or consequences except losing his job!). Part of it was probably also the era - not one of my favorites. Then, Keturah and Gray felt a little flat; I couldn’t seem to get invested in them or their story.

The book was written well enough, and the author seems popular, so I’m sure another reader will enjoy this story!
Becky Van Daniker
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lisa T. Bergren is one of my favorite authors so of course, I had to read her newest release, Keturah. I was captivated from the very first page. Readers will find a story about an independent woman and her sisters traveling across the Atlantic from England to the West Indies with the intent of running a sugarcane plantation alone.

The sisters find themselves surprised as they learn what the island is truly like. They were surrounded by slavery in England, but the slaves were treated as family. T
Vanessa Hall
May 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I'm a bit torn how to feel about this book. The setting was really very interesting and unlike most books I've ever read. Most books that have to do with plantations are in the US, so it was nice to have a change to an island in the Caribbean. Also, the first part of the book took place during the journey over, so I suppose the boat was also a setting. Thankfully, this part of the story didn't last too long, but there was of course the expected storm and the drama associated with it. If
Lydia Howe
Feb 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Why I Choose This Book:
Quite simply I got authors confused. #BookWormProblem

When I requested this book I thought it was by Lisa Wingate who’s audiobooks I’ve greatly enjoyed the last couple of years. I’d also listened to a couple of Lisa T. Bergen’s audiobooks, and while I didn’t dislike them, they weren’t my style enough to request one of her books for review. So, #ooops

What I Thought:
I’m sorry, folks, but sadly this book was not my cup of tea. I always try and put a good spin on book reviews o
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it

"Crop blight . . . Terrible drought . . . . Machinery failure . . . . Another overseer lost to the ague . . . Returns far less than the last . . .

Dire last words from a father to his three daughters; making Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson all the more determined to take the future of her two younger sisters along with her to the West Indies, where they must turn their fledgling island fortunes aright. It was practically scandalous among polite society for three gentlewomen to board a ship una
Julie Graves
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
Keturah and her sisters, Verity and Selah set sail for the island of Nevis to try and redeem their fortune after their father dies. What they find when they arrive is shocking to say the least. Their first encounter on the island is with a slave auction. While their family have always had slaves they were always treated well. Never have the girls been exposed to the human terror and torture of slaves just off the ships. Once they arrive on their plantation another surprise awaits them. Another r ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read

Keturah is the first book in Lisa T. Bergren's The Sugar Baron's Daughters series and, after reading a couple not-so-positive reviews when starting the book, I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy the story. But, I kept reading and I'm so glad I did! The writing style was very easy to read and I had no problem following the story (I think this was due to the author making the language a bit more contemporary).

I liked the characters pretty much right away and the romance was nice. Keturah's sisters
Mar 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Keturah  is the first book in the new historical fiction series, The Sugar Baron's Daughters, by Lisa T. Bergren. The story begins as its main character, Keturah, and her sisters learn of their father's death (their mother died years earlier) and make a rash decision to sail alone from England to the Caribbean island of Nevis in hopes of turning around their newly inherited sugar plantation that has suffered from drought and other hardships. Providentially also sailing for Nevis to take over ...more
Ashley Nikole
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved "Keturah" so much. What a delightful read! I fell in love with the characters and setting- getting invested in their struggles and triumphs and relationships. I loved every bit of it, and I cannot wait for the next book in the series!! I think this series will have a special place in my heart :) ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: hard-copy, kindle
A strong start to what promises to be a great series. I did find it hard to connect with Keturah but I'm incredibly excited to read Verity and Selah's stories. ...more
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Keturah, what an adventure it was to embark with you from England and to travel with you to the island of Nevis.

Taking place during 1772, Keturah and her two sisters decide their only option left to them after the death of their father, is to sail to their plantation of Tabletop on the island of Nevis. Their fortunes are dwindling and their only hope is to see about getting the plantation up and running and prosperous again.

Keturah, who is a widow, has vowed to never marry again after enduring
Raechel Lenore
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads

I love the cover of this book – it is definitely one that draws you in. The story setting was quite a unique one, which I enjoyed!

It was adventurous, three sisters deciding to set out on their own to an unknown place. I admired how the sisters banded together; their bond was very sweet.
This book focused primarily on Keturah – the title of the book indeed. :) We learn from the beginning that her first marriage was not a good one. That was sad, and all too true for many. I liked the message tha
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Young widow Keturah and her sisters, Verity and Selah, find themselves with a sugar plantation that is fast losing money in the West Indies after the death of their father. Keturah and her sisters determine that in order to protect their assets that they must go there to oversee it themselves.

Keturah is determined to never depend on a man again, after her disastrous marriage to Edward that left her scarred. She is stubborn and clever, with a natural bent for leadership, but is she ready for ever
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Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 60 books, with more than 4.5 million copies sold. She recently released The Sugar Baron's Daughters Series (KETURAH, VERITY and SELAH), and recently finished a teen series called Remnants (SEASON OF WONDER, SEASON OF FIRE, and SEASON OF GLORY). She's also written the River of Time Series (WATERFALL, CASCADE, TORRENT, BOURNE &

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