The Secret Life of Winnie Cox: Slavery, forbidden love and tragedy by Sharon Maas

Via invitation.

Description: 1910, South American: 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.

Opening: A telegram! There it sat, in its innocence and its power, staring at us in silence from a silver platter on the hall sideboard.

The death of ‘nanny’, Yashoda Gopal, in squalid surroundings startles two young women, sisters, out of their blinkered and pampered lives.

Courantyne River

3* The Secret Life of Winnie Cox
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