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Island Queen
Island Queen | Vanessa Riley
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A remarkable, sweeping historical novel based on the incredible true life story of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free woman of color who rose from slavery to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful landowners in the colonial West Indies. Born into slavery on the tiny Caribbean island of Monserrat, Doll bought her freedom--and that of her sister and her mother--from her Irish planter father and built a legacy of wealth and power as an entrepreneur, merchant, hotelier, and planter that extended from the marketplaces and sugar plantations of Dominica and Barbados to a glittering luxury hotel in Demerara on the South American continent. Vanessa Riley's novel brings Doll to vivid life as she rises above the harsh realities of slavery and colonialism by working the system and leveraging the competing attentions of the men in her life: a restless shipping merchant, Joseph Thomas; a wealthy planter hiding a secret, John Coseveldt Cells; and a roguish naval captain who will later become King William IV of England. From the bustling port cities of the West Indies to the forbidding drawing rooms of London's elite, Island Queen is a sweeping epic of an adventurer and a survivor who answered to no one but herself as she rose to power and autonomy against all odds, defying rigid eighteenth-century morality and the oppression of women as well as people of color. It is an unforgettable portrait of a true larger-than-life woman who made her mark on history.
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MaggieCarr
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"...I'll tell these young women my story. They'll hear me, take my words, and work them into their souls. They'll know all my truth, that we weren't just lucky, but beauties and dreamers and survivors, most of all." - (1810, London) page 502.

A historical novel based on the true-life of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free woman of color who rose from slavery to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful landowners in the colonial West Indies.

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Jennifer182
Island Queen | Vanessa Riley
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. I loved Dolly so much that I bought it on audible after I read it and listened to the story read by Adjoa Andoh. Her accent made the story feel like I was listening to Dorothy tell me her story over coffee. Truly a captivating book. You really have to meet Dolly.

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Booknerd2
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Great book!!! Almost 600 pages and I didn‘t want it to end. One of my favorites for the year! Highly recommend!!! 💜💜💜

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TheKidUpstairs
Island Queen | Vanessa Riley
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Went to the store to buy ant traps.... got distracted by pretty colours 😍😍😍

At least I remembered to also get the ant traps!

Tamra That is an amazing cover, no wonder! 4mo
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MacieReads
Island Queen | Vanessa Riley
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nitalibrarian
Island Queen | Vanessa Riley
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I came back to work from my vacation to 4 boxes of new books. The fiction actually wraps around to the other side. So my day will be filled with cataloging. I'll post the other side too.

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MsMelissa
Island Queen | Vanessa Riley
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Today‘s #bookmail 📬

I can‘t wait to continue with the Bess Crawford series, and Island Queen sounds so good!

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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I was lucky enough to get an early audio copy from Libro as a Librarian so taking a break from middle grades for an adult historical

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