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The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden – Blog Tour

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Eight Perfect Hours by Lia Louis

Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 4/5
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital

About The Book

In 1852, when prestigious Alabama plantation owner Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa’s hand in marriage, she takes with her a gift: Sarah—her slave and her half-sister. Raised by an educated mother, Clarissa is not the proper Southern belle she appears to be, with ambitions of loving whom she chooses. Sarah equally hides behind the façade of being a docile house slave as she plots to escape. Both women bring these tumultuous secrets and desires with them to their new home, igniting events that spiral into a tale beyond what you ever imagined possible. Told through the alternating viewpoints of Sarah and Theodora Allen, Cornelius’ wife, Marlen Suyapa Bodden’s The Wedding Gift is an intimate portrait of slavery and the 19th Century South that will leave readers breathless.

My Thoughts

A difficult story, told by two strong female voices will make you remember the sacrifices that women had made to allow us the freedom we have. But at the same time, the difficult path we still have ahead to have an equality world.
As I said, this is a story told between two women, Sarah and Theodora’s, a free woman and a slave; I’ll be honest to say that I didn’t have the chance to read both voices at the same book and it’s really interesting seeing both ways and feeling the contradictions in your mind.
I really don’t want to make spoilers of the book, but even if this is a historical story, there are still some similarities in the present that will make you angrier after reading the book.
Full of twists and deep emotions, this is a book which will stay in your mind for a long time.
Are you ready to discover “The Wedding Gift”?

About The Author

Dr. Marlen Suyapa Bodden is a lawyer at The Legal Aid Society in New York City, the nation’s oldest and largest legal services organization. She has more than two decades’ experience representing poor people and low-wage and immigrant workers, many of whom are severely underpaid, if paid at all.
She drew on her knowledge of modern and historical slavery, human trafficking, and human rights abuses to write The Wedding Gift, her first novel.
Marlen is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Tufts University. On May 20, 2012, the University of Rhode Island conferred on Marlen an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.


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