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The New York Times bestselling historical novelist delivers her biggest, boldest, and most ambitious novel yet—a sweeping, dramatic Victorian epic of lost love, lies, jealousy, and rebellion set in colonial Barbados.

1854. From Bristol to Barbados. . . .

Emily Dawson has always been the poor cousin in a prosperous merchant clan—merely a vicar’s daughter, and a reform-minded
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Hardcover, 480 pages
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by William Morrow
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Camille Maio
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lauren Willig's THE SUMMER COUNTRY is a sumptuous read, evoking M.M. Kaye's lush and sweeping tales of nineteenth century colonial life. Set in the island location of Barbados, Willig attains the ideal aim of the historical fiction genre: educating the reader about a little-known part of history while thoroughly engaging them in the stories of the characters. I read THE SUMMER COUNTRY slowly - doling out exquisite chapters one at a time - because there are too few books written today that harken ...more
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Willig=reading satisfaction. Hers is the kind of writing you can dive into and forget everything else. One major caveat with this outing: the exoticism Willig uses to attract the reader. Clearly issues of race are paramount, and she's not advocating racism or slavery, but...she's still trading on those things to add to the "dark mystique," as it were, of the setting. Since I haven't finished yet, the jury is still out on whether I think she goes overboard with it. For now, I'm enjoying the book ...more
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Thank you to my friend, Gigi, for securing me an early preview copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen works of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association's annual list of the best genre fiction. After graduating from Yale University, she embarked on a PhD in History at Harvard before leavin ...more