Reading two novels with racism themes running through them back-to-back was a bad idea, since I put a pin in writing this entry for two months. Oops!
I’m usually a huge fan of Lauren Willig’s standalone novels, but this one was tough. Set in the Caribbean and told partly in flashbacks, it was hard to keep everyone straight – who exists in which time period, who is European and native, etc. But it’s clear that most of the characters suck, which is to be expected when it comes to white people and the exploitation of black people on sugar plantations.
I started out reading this in hardcover, but never wanted to bring the book with me anywhere, so I borrowed an ebook from the library. It was a lot easier to pick up on my Kindle app on my phone for a few pages at a time (though perhaps this contributed to my confusion about who and when things were happening. I did like a bit of the open-ended ending, but at that point, I was so confused and upset that I was mostly happy the book was over.