About the book:
What if freedom wasn’t something you could take for granted? What if you had to fight for it?
If there’s one thing Joe Hopkins knows better than anyone, it’s that the past can be very uncomfortable. But life in wealthy Georgian Bristol seems surprisingly civilized. Lucy’s house is light and airy, and there are sandwiches and tea with sugar.
Author: Julia Edwards
Artwork: Bespoke Book Covers
Publisher: Laverstock Publishing
I had the absolute pleasure of reading Slaves for the Isabella before it came out. I was completely new to Julia Edwards work so my expectations were built only on what i had read by others who had sampled her work. They said some wonderful things and they were not fibbing!
I thought it was a wonderful mixture of fact and fiction, as a child with a wide eyed view of the world i enjoyed Joe’s growing conscience and sense of right and wrong as i could empathise and identify with this myself. Although i have not read the previous books, i found Joe instantly likeable and i would be interested to go back through the previous books to see Joe’s progression throughout the series.
The charm of the book was that it was neither set entirely in the past or the present, it straddled the line between the two time periods which really opened up the story telling. I think Julia has created something truly wonderful here, her blend of fact and fiction is expertly executed. What i really liked was that Julia never sugar coated the way people were treated previously and detailed what it was like in the time period, showing a divide that existed so prominently that it is only when we have honest accounts that we can really understand the magnitude of the events. I never once felt that her blend of fantasy and fact diminished this and for that i was truly grateful. I was compelled to read the book during Black History Month as it felt it was an appropriate way of marking it’s 30th year.
I was fascinated by Julia’s account of Georgian Britain and it’s an era that i think i will be delving into a way from the book. This was another thing i thought Julia accomplished very well, whetting my appetite for learning about history while also telling a gripping story.
It was a thoroughly good read and if i’m honest there were many moments when i felt frustrated, angry, overjoyed and i genuinely didn’t want it to end!
Julia painted a picture of a world that i felt i had stepped into and when the time came to leave it, i simply wasn’t ready- in a good way of course.
My only regret was that i hadn’t read the first 4 but thankfully they are out in the world for me to discover!
Thank you to Julia Edwards for sending me a copy of Slaves for the Isabella.
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