Lisa Bergren’s latest release Keturah is an intriguing, historical novel that I enjoyed more than I thought possible. The story takes place in the late 1700s and centers around Keturah and her two sisters. When the three learn their father has met an untimely demise, they know someone must tend to his affairs to help save their home. Ket decides she will operate the plantation their father started in the Caribbean and sets out on an adventure. When Ket’s old friend Gray appears to be doing the same, he becomes her ally. But will she be able to run the plantation and keep her family from losing all they love? Will her heart get in the way?
Colonial history is typically not one of my favorite subjects, but when I heard Lisa Bergren was going to be writing a novel set in the period, I thought I would give the time period another go. I was not disappointed! Keturah was not the typical colonial tale, and that is why I believe I liked it so much.
First, it was set in the Caribbean, which is a historical area I have very little knowledge about—unless one counts The Pirates of the Caribbean. So, it was fun to explore this land with the characters. The rich descriptions of the islands made the setting come alive.
Second, Keturah deals with the very harsh realities of slavery and the limits placed on women in this time. I became so enthralled with the story that the unfairness of many situations made me physically sad and angry—that’s how one knows she is reading a good book, though.
Third, and one of my favorite parts of the book, Bergren incorporates so many aspects of this historical period, including grand balls and pirates, that I felt as if I were in the period every time I opened the book.
Most of all the tale of a young woman doing everything in her power to overcome the stereotypes and limits put on her and finding her faith make all the other parts of this book come to life. Between the men of the island and the new environment, Ket and her sisters find new challenges around every corner—including love.
I enjoyed Keturah very much and cannot wait to read the next books in the series!