Bargain eBooks #704:

Spirited Away: A Novel of the Stolen Irish by Maggie Plummer
Genre: historical fiction
Price: $2.99
Where to Get It:
Amazon (Kindle)
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It’s  May 1653. When young Frederica (Freddy) O’Brennan and her sister Aileen trust a  stranger on an empty beach in western Ireland, they inadvertently place  themselves in the crosshairs of Cromwell’s notorious Reign of Terror. Freddy  awakens in the crammed hold of a slave ship bound for Barbados. She and Aileen endure  the gruesome voyage only to be wrenched apart when purchased at auction by sugar  plantation owners from different islands. Freddy is left alone to face the  brutal realities of life as a female Irish slave on a seventeenth century Barbados plantation. As she struggles to survive the ordeal, Freddy’s harrowing  experiences paint an intimate, compelling portrait of 1650s Irish and African  slavery in the Caribbean.
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What they’re saying about it:
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Review by Phyllis  Walker: “This novel is a historical glimpse of the Irish slave trade in  the 1650’s, a topic I’ve seldom ever heard mentioned. I was unaware of the  plight of so many innocent Irish who were taken and sold as slaves because of  Cromwell’s hatred. Maggie Plummer has created characters so real, you can’t help  but become emotionally invested in them. Her description of Ireland gives a  clear backdrop for the reader to experience the shock, rage and fear of the main  character, Freddy, as she is taken from homeland and family. Unforgettable  scenes continue as Freddy is sold to a sugar plantation owner as both a working  and breeding slave.
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“Reading about the greed and heartless cruelty that  kept the slave trade profitable was difficult, but the friendships among the  slaves of different nationalities kept it from being overpowering. Plummers  descriptions of the squalor of Barbados, the beauty of the Caribbean, and the  resilience of the human spirit, are well done as she weaves the historical facts  in with the characters of her own creation. Readers are left with faces and  personalities for only a few of the 100,000 whose lives were taken by the Irish  slave trade, but will find themselves fiercely determined, as I was, to fight  the human trafficking of our world today.”
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