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The Girl from the Sugar Plantation

(Quint Chronicles)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  219 ratings  ·  31 reviews
An unputdownable story about a woman in search of the truth, the man she falls in love with, and the devastation of the Second World War.
1934, Georgetown.

All her life, Mary Grace has wanted to know the truth about who her parents really are. As the mixed-race daughter of two white plantation owners, her childhood has been clouded by whispered rumours, and the circumstan
Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published October 19th 2017 by Bookouture
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Dash fan
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5☆ Simply Perfect!

The Girl From The Sugar Plantation is the third and final book in the Series.
However my first book by Sharon Maas.
I had no problem settling straight into the story. In fact from the first few pages I was drawn in and hooked!

I'm seriously asking myself why is it that I have only just found out about Sharon Maas and her Captivating writing.
So if like me you are a newbie... I strongly suggest reading Sharon's Books.

The Girl From The Sugar Plantation is captivating, highly moving,
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been in love with this wonderful series ever since I fell in love with the original cover for the first book, The Secret Life of Winnie Cox. The cover has now changed to go with the rest of the series, but I still prefer the original that shows George and Winnie holding hands, because of the emotions it stirred within me a couple of years ago. It is also one of my all-time favourite books.

Each time I start one of the books in The Quint Chronicles, there is a mix of excitement as well as con
Cora Tea Party Princess
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
5 Words: Prejudice, music, family, secrets, historical.

From the first page, I was in love with the beautiful writing. Something about the tone reminded me of Pirates by Celia Rees, and when I had to put the book down because life got in my way, I couldn't wait to dive back in.

I really loved Grace's story, how she thought she had everything worked out and then it was turned on its head. I loved her passion for music, and I got as lost in the writing as she got in playing.

This is part of a series,
Monica Mac
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed The Quint Chronicles and I will really miss all the characters in the series, especially Winnie.

This book concentrates on Mary Grace, and her tragic and yet uplifting story. She grows up as a mixed-race daughter of two white people in Guyana. Obviously, questions are asked as she gets older and tries to figure out how this can be. What follows is a rather complicated book where a lot of things are not what they seem, but throughout it all, Grace rema
Deanne Patterson
Haunting beautiful and thought provoking. I was immersed in the setting and culture this book is not one that will be easily forgotten. Crossing continents and racial division this book is incredible!
Heart rendering but yet mesmerizing a definite reread.
Pub Date 19 Oct 2017
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for a review copy in exchange for my honest review.
Renita D'Silva
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore Sharon Maas's books - she is one of my favourite authors, someone whose stories give me hours of reading pleasure. And this wonderful book is one of her best! What an amazing end to the Quint trilogy! I loved this book from start to finish, savouring every word, the author's beautiful prose. An evocative, powerful story of a family and a country. LOVED every word and I absolutely cannot wait for more from this amazing author.
Sue McQuaide Kitt
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Girl from the Sugar Plantation is a beautifully written story that has it all.

A tragic love story about Mary Grace, a mixed race beauty, who doesn’t belong amongst the aristocratic elite, where she was brought up with her adopted parents, nor amongst the sugar plantation workers. Feeling lost and lonely, her only comfort comes from her extended family, Auntie Winnie and her eight male cousins, as well as her music.

I whizzed through this beautiful book, unable to put it down. Sharon Maas has
Donna Maguire

This is a beautiful book to read!! I adored the writing style and the story was perfect - for me the whole thing was evocative, emotional and simply exquisite - it really is such a perfect addition to the Quint Chronicles and I loved every page.

The characters are great and they lead the story so well, the descriptive nature of the scenes makes you feel that you are with them in the book, it really is a treat to read - Sharon is definitely one of my favouri
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Girl from the Sugar Plantation is the final book in The Quint Chronicles, it follows ‘The Secret Life of Winnie Cox’ and ‘The Sugar Planter’s Daughter’ – but it is absolutely a standalone novel. How can I be sure? Because I read and fully enjoyed it without reading the previous two novels. Whereas the previous two novels focus on Winnie Cox, Mary Grace’s aunt, this novel branches off and gives you the life of Mary Grace. What I will say is, this novel is such a delightful read, it will make ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: september-2017
It’s no secret that I adore Sharon Maas’s books, so when a new one comes out I am always very excited and eager to read it. There is always a sense of anticipation when picking up the new novel by one of your favourite authors; will it be as good as their previous novels? What if it doesn’t live up to expectations? Maas, however, delivers again and The Girl From The Sugar Plantation exceeded all my expectations.

The Girl From The Sugar Plantation is the third (and sadly final) part of The Quint C
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers, Bookouture, for this review copy, given in exchange for an honest review. Also thank you to Noelle from Bookouture for organising the Blog Blitz.

This is the story of Mary Grace. She is the mixed race daughter of two white plantation owners in Georgetown in 1934. She has wanted to know the truth about who her parents really are, the parents that she knows obviously aren’t her real parents. What happened before her birth was always kept a secret from her
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sharon Maas can write a darn good novel with a strong setting, evocative and fresh with difficult and dark undercurrents and this is no exception. Mary Rose is a character I really cared about and her budding romance with Jock, with the pressures and problems of the time are fascinating. A full review nearer the time but there's some strong history and cultural interest with this one and it's a lyrical and layered story with lots to entice the reader in.

Full review nearer the time but one to put
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Mary Grace is the MC in this wonderful story. She is of mixed-race in a country and era where racial relations were quite tense and racial prejudice was the norm. All non-white races are treated poorly as low class citizens. Mary Grace lives with her adopted mother who is white. However, she doesn’t totally fit into her mom’s circles because of her skin color. Right from the first page, I was drawn to Mary Grace. Her struggles with iden
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of Historical Fiction
Recommended to Sharon by: Netgalley
I practically read this book in one sitting (or certainly would have, if life hadn't interfered)! I became invested in this story from the opening line and it held my attention to the very last. After reading this book, I found myself at the computer looking up whatever information I could on Jock Campbell. (Interestingly enough, this is the second book, in less than a month, that has sent me flying to the computer for more information!) It would seem that Jock was an incredible man, not only as ...more
Debbie Rix
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An intoxicating, seductive novel that draws you into the wonderful narrative inter-twining a hugely emotional love story with fascinating detail about British Guyana and it's political history. I have a couple of friends brought up in BG during the time period the novel is set and it is so truthful and evocative. Great characters, beautiful descriptions of the landscape and fascinating to learn the Booker literary prize had its origins with the sugar giant in Guyana. A great read that will stay ...more
Namrata Ganti
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Girl from the Sugar Plantation is a gripping and compelling read, where fact meet fiction and a wonderful story arises.

The plot is based on factual events, on the sugar plantations in Guyana and the life of the people at the time. Many of the characters are also real people, who made a difference or had an impact on the lives of people. The story is well written and brings out the emotions of the people in the story. It will draw you in and keep you hooked until the very end.

The reader has t
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, arcs
Loved it!!! Really absorbing story of Grace, daughter of YoYo and niece of Winnie who we've met in previous books. Absolutely loved Grace's character and the interplay with the various characters.

Would be fine as a standalone but nice to read as part of the series to give more colour and backdrop to the situation. Good insights into Guyanese history too.

Sharon Maas weaves a fine tale and remains one of my go-to authors.

Sharonda Isadora
Set in 1934 Georgetown Guyana, The Girl from the Sugar Plantation is about Mary Grace who is the mix-raced daughter of the only female sugar cane planter.

This is a beautifully written story of a young girl learning her way. Being mix-raced, Mary Grace must learn her way through a world she knows is prejudice against her.

Mary Grace learns that navigating the British upper class can benefit her in the best and worst of ways. The Best of Ways: Being strong and thorough with her music and also hold
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I have come to realise that a Sharon Maas novel requires nothing less than 100% attention, and nothing less than 100% devotion. I'm not saying that other books require less, I'm just saying that because of the strong and complex storylines which this author produces, it would be wrong to only pay this book (as well as her others) a little bit of attention.

Mary Grace is living life as a mixed-race person, yet nurtured by
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sharon Maas is a wonderful writer who can bring her stories and characters to life so vividly. This is actually the last book of the (Quint Chronicles) I have read it out of order but find that it could be a stand alone book. This story takes place in British Guiana, 1934 through the 1960's. I had really not known much about this area or part of Guyana at that time, a time of sugar plantations and the era of prejudice and bigotry, towards the workers on them. They were not slaves at the time but ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Girl from the Sugar Plantation transports you back to a time where the British ruled the plantations in Guyana. You follow the story of Mary Grace who is a mixed race daughter of white plantation owners as she grows up, discovers first love and the history of her family.
Mary Grace is very aware of her standing in life due to the colour of her skin but this does not stop her wanting more. Controlled by a mother who is determined that Mary Grace will “marry up” despite her heritage you witness
Caryl Williams
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a book I hadn’t really expected to enjoy as much as I did. I rarely read historical fiction these days, I’m more likely to read a non fiction account of any historical period I’m interested in these days but I very quickly fell in love with this beautifully written book and couldn’t wait to get back to reading it if I put it down.

It’s a gripping, evocative and poignant story of a young girl’s difficult transition into womanhood amidst a time of turmoil in

British Guyana (known colloquia
Cindy Woods
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it

This was a good continuation in the sugar plantation series, the next generation. I truly felt the indignation and humiliation of the workers and people of color.
I was a white child raised in privilege. I read Malcolm X at age 12, and it made a huge impact on me. I have been an activist most my life and my marriage of 34 years was an interracial one wherein we raised four beautiful, intelligent daughters and now have 8 grandchildren who cover the entire spectrum of races...... My family is b
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have to be honest and say I haven’t read any other books by this author but it’s a Bookouture novel that I have heard good things about so when given the chance to review I volunteered. It is apparently the final in The Quint trilogy but it seems to read ok as a standalone.

The writing is incredibly intense, the scenery and atmosphere clear, the emotions raw. By reading The Girl from the Sugar Plantation you are transported back in time where social injustice is rife, the historical aspect is
Susan Duthie
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
This book is an amazing five star! I was eagerly awaiting its arrival, as it's the third and last in the series "The Quint Chronicles". The other two are just as brilliant and this author is one of my favourites. You could read this book as a standalone but I really think it's well worth the money to get the first two, so that you can start at the beginning. This story is set in British Guiana in the 1930's. Mary Grace is the coloured, adopted daughter of the white, sugar plantation owner, Yo Yo ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
It was a pretty ordinary read until half way through. Then, one of the characters really sprang to life and the story became more compelling. It is like watching a TV series and the sort of novel which would be a good holiday, train or plane read. It would also be very suitable for adolescents as it raises so many of life's challenges and political issues without labouring them and so a good novel to create discussion. It was interesting it was set in British Guyana but you don't find out much a ...more
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
BRITISH GUIANA in 1934 was a time of financial wealth for white planters; while a time of abject poverty for the black and coloured workers. Mary Grace, was raised in the world of the white planters, as an adopted daughter; but knew the injustice of being coloured, looked down upon, being called awful names or just ignored. Her mother said Mary was weak, a jellyfish. Secrets his truth. Would love and support allow Mary Grace to stand and strike back, as jellyfish are known to do?
Stellar charact
Sarah MacIntyre
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have loved all Sharon Mass's books and this does not disappoint. A stunning story. A continuation of the wonderful saga of the Quint family. Following Mary Grace and the mystery of her heritage - mixed race to white parents. The descriptions of British Guyana are magical and your senses become alive reading this as the writer so cleverly brings the sights and scents alive. This is book three and brings the saga to a satisfying ending. I would recommend starting with book one to really love the ...more
Kathleen Gray
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully romantic historical fiction set in Guyana. You don't need to have read the earlier novels (I missed the first one) to fall in love with Maas' writing and this family. Mary Grace, the secret multiracial child, is now an adult and she's in love- in a big way with Jock, a sugar plantation owner who has emigrated from the UK. The themes of racial prejudice and social injustice are explored a matter of fact way as you follow the life of Mary Grace. This is unabashedly romantic but also, o ...more
Eileen Hall
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great saga of a novel.
Set in Guyana in the run up to the Second World War, it tells of the struggles of Mary Grace, a mixed race woman, who tries to find the truth about her parents and her background, of which she knows nothing.
She seems to be a body in torment until ultimately she endeavours to forge a life for herself.
I have not come across Sharon Maas before and as this is the third in a series I will look out for the previous two and to find out a bit more from this author, as her
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Sharon Maas was born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1951, and spent many childhood hours either curled up behind a novel or writing her own adventure stories. Sometimes she had adventures of her own, and found fifteen minutes of Guyanese fame for salvaging an old horse-drawn coach from a funeral parlor, fixing it up, painting it bright blue, and tearing around Georgetown with all her teenage friends. Th

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Quint Chronicles (4 books)
  • The Secret Life of Winnie Cox
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