Title: Sugar Money
Author: Jane Harris
Published: 2017
Language: English
Pages: 400
Rating: 5/5

Set in the Caribbean in 1765, this is the story of two brothers who are charged by their French master to travel back to the island they were born on to smuggle back a group of slaves currently claimed by the English.

What an excellent novel to start off the new year with! I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in this world and letting it carry me away.

I think one of the reasons I liked this book so much is that I already love reading books that include slave narratives (both real and fictional) and I love reading books set in this time period, especially when they're set somewhere else than England or the US. So, before I even started this, it had checked a lot of boxes and while I was reading it, it didn't disappoint. It was gripping, absorbing and heartbreaking.

I was fascinated by the main character and his relationship with his brother; both the tension and love was captured brilliantly. You also never forget that the main character is really young and you can't help but feel for him, and there's something quite emotional about watching the story unfold through his eyes. The book is also really engrossing and manages to keep the tension up; it's a very hard book to put down.

I think this is an incredibly well written historical fiction novel that deals wonderfully with family and humanity, but also a very important part of our history. I would highly, highly recommend it.
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