by Celia Rees
When two young women meet under extraordinary circumstances in the eighteenth- century West Indies, they are unified in their desire to escape their oppressive lives.
The first is a slave, forced to work in a plantation mansion and subjected to terrible cruelty at the hands of the plantation manager.
The second is a spirited and rebellious English girl, sent to the West Indies to marry well and combine the wealth of two respectable families.
But fate ensures that one night the two young women have to save each other and run away to a life no less dangerous but certainly a lot more free.
As pirates, they roam the seas, fight pitched battles against their foes and become embroiled in many a heart-quickening adventure.
Written in brilliant and sparkling first-person narrative, this is a wonderful novel in which Celia Rees has brought the past vividly and intimately to life.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 06/07/2009
- Category: Adventure
- ISBN: 9781408800270
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Review by SparklePonies
Nancy Kington is a rich merchant’s daughter in eighteenth century England. Her father suddenly passes away and leaves their Jamaican sugar plantation to her in his will, prompting her to move there and learn the harsh realities of slave ownership, thus befriending the slave girl, Minerva Sharpe. After Nancy is told of her arranged marriage to a terrifying man, she and Minerva run away amongst a pirate crew. The book is written from Nancy’s point of view which made it a lot easier to empathize with her character and feel like you’re a part of the story. And although the title was a little deceiving - as pirates are hardly even mentioned until about halfway through - it kept me interested and entertained, and I thought it was a really great book.