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The One Unspoken

(The One Unspoken #1)

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Sidonie Verdier and Gabriel Saint-Martin are neighbors who live worlds apart. Born in western Louisiana in 1841, Sidonie is the last and only surviving child of an impoverished white Creole cotton planter, who has abandoned his pregnant wife. When her mother dies in childbirth, Sidonie is left to the care of Adelis, a midwife and former slave who has blackmailed her freedo ...more
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Published March 15th 2020 by Cornmill Press
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Karen KK
I received this from in exchange for a review.

I won't reiterate the blurb, but suffice it to say this is a good book. Set in Louisiana in the mid-1800's, the story is well thought out with interesting characters and events that are set true to time and place.

My first read by author Sarah Bryant and I look forward to the second book in this series.

Netgalley provided me with free digital access to this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

I am not a reader of romance, typically, but I can appreciate a good love story if there's other stuff going on that interests me. In this case I was drawn to the promise of spookiness and secrets, and it didn't disappoint, but I also really found myself drawn into the love story and rooting for the lovers. This title also made for some fascinating historical fiction.
Bonnye Reed
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
GN Sarah Bryant brings us a well thought out tale from the depths of Louisiana covering time from June 1841 through Aug 1859, the life span of Sidonie, the only living child of Isabel and Clement Verdier, owners of Verdier Plantation, and Gabriel Saint-Martins, son of the black family owning the Chenes Plantation fairly close by. Time spent in New Orleans by both families is also very interesting, following true to the time and place. Music, a freed black woman named Adelis, and, surprisingly, E ...more
Meghan Lloyd
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
An intriguing look at a history often thought to be taboo, The One Unspoken touches the hearts of readers of all backgrounds as it tells the story of loss, revenge, and a love forbidden by all but chosen for a better world. What really spoke to me in this book were the unique perspectives that many books during this time period don't talk about - a white woman who grows up with slaves as her family, a black man whose free family owns slaves, and the practice of voodoo that shows both the light a ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you like clean cut black and white morality, this book is not for you. But as someone who enjoys complex grey morality, I found this book to be a feast. Make no mistake: “complex morality” is not a euphemism for “championing the cause of the unjust”. In the world of The One Unspoken, the cruelty of slave owners and colonists is condemned to the point where it leaves physical bloodstains on the earth, and in the spiritual atmosphere in the form of malevolent ghosts. But this book left me ponde ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this eBook from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book. All the feels, man. All of them.

A forbidden love during America's less than flattering time periods (1841-1859). Sidonie was a unique woman. Born on a plantation and raised by her adopted "slave" mother Adelis. I adored Sidonie's no-nonsense demeanour. Her creativity. And her talents. She was definitely a rare one in those times. Especially when women were bred to be pleasant, docile and submissive.
Bibliophile Angel
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The One Unspoken—a book that is written in almost ten years—tells us about some rich origins and history, and the never-ending love of a mother, biological or not, and a true love that is worth fighting for. A very remarkable and exceptional book that you will surely love.

On the first part, the story took place around 1840. The story revolves around Sidonie who had an ability to talk and see the dead, and oddly enough, Adelis, a midwife and former slave who has blackmailed Sidonie’s moth
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Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good and entertaining book with an interesting theme. It kept the promises of the cover blurb.
I liked and recommend it.
Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher.
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Sarah Bryant (born 1973 in Brunswick, Maine, USA, is a contemporary British based writer.

She attended Brown University in Rhode Island before moving to Scotland in 1996 to study creative writing at the University of St. Andrews. She settled in the UK after meeting her husband and now lives in the Scottish Borders region where along with writing she doubles as a teacher of Celtic harp, and occasion

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