Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Secret Life of Winnie Cox by Sharon Maas

1910, South America. A time of racial tension and poverty. A time where forbidden love must remain a secret.
Winnie Cox lives a privileged life of dances and dresses on her father’s sugar cane plantation. Life is sweet in the kingdom of sugar and Winnie along with her sister Johanna, have neither worries nor responsibilities, they are birds of paradise, protected from the poverty in the world around them.
But everything can change in a heartbeat… When Winnie falls in love with George Quint, the post-office boy, a ‘darkie’ from the other side, she soon finds herself slipping into a double life. And as she withdraws from her family, she discovers a shocking secret about those whom are closest to her. Now, more than ever, Winnie is determined to prove her love for George, whatever price she must pay and however tragic the consequences might be.
A breath-taking love story of two people fighting to be together, in a world determined to break them apart.

Review by Mirella Patzer
I have always enjoyed a good story set in a unique place and time. The Secret Life of Winnie Cox by Sharon Maas is unique in that it takes us to British Guiana in the early 1900s where Black vs Indian vs White continue to unsettle the population and prejudice runs rampant. Winnie Cox is a compelling character who falls in love with an Indian man who runs the local post office. As the story progresses and their clandestine love affair blossoms, Winnie learns of his political affiliations and struggles to be with the man she loves despite their love is forbidden. 

This rich story grabbed me from the start! It is powerful, fulfilling, thought-provoking and a whole lot more. Definitely a must read! Totally engrossing!  

Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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