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  • 195 pages
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The Cost of Hope
G.S. Carr, Author
Alexander Cummings had long ago accepted that love was lost to him. After picking up the pieces of his broken heart, he threw himself into the duties of owning one of the largest plantations in Elba Alabama. But it seems like life shows him mercy when the goddess he thought he lost appears back in his life as if conjured from his deepest desires. Only she returns far from the same and with secrets he never imagined. Abducted and having survived slavery, Soleil Dufor wants one thing in life: safety. When pushed to the brink she has no choice but to gain it on her own. That is until life throws her into the arms of a handsome plantation owner who claims to love her. Instincts tell her she shouldn’t trust him, but circumstances dictate she must. As society threatens, and lives could be lost, only together can they both get what they want. But neither will come out unscathed and they must ask themselves, is the sacrifice worth the cost?

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.50 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Carr’s fast-paced and tumultuous work of romantic historical fiction begins with the physical and bloodthirsty pursuit of heroine Soleil's cruel and lustful guardian, before evolving into a caring and passionate love story.

Prose: The author's prose relies heavily upon a multitude of poetic devices, especially similes and metaphors. The author’s attention to emotional detail, be it the caustic dialogue of the antagonists or the tender interactions between the lovers, is certain to resonate with readers.

Originality: While in some respects, a traditional story of love lost and found, the historical setting lends the narrative an unusual atmosphere. Additionally, Carr's careful exploration of emotional wounds is unique.

Character Development: Thoughtful, well-conceived characterizations allow readers to respond viscerally to the events in the novel.

Date Submitted: August 06, 2018

Reviews
Carr (Divorce Wars) delivers a poignant message about the meaning of freedom in the first Cost of Love historical. Carr wastes no time in vividly setting up Soleil’s dramatic and hard-hitting plight as a former slave in 1860s Alabama. After defending herself against a vicious attack by her enslaver, 22-year-old Soleil flees with her five-year-old-daughter, Hope. They are rescued by 25-year-old Alex Cummings, a powerful white plantation owner who recognizes the confused woman as Soleil Dufor, his former love interest, who mysteriously disappeared six years earlier. Soleil is a formidable and sympathetic protagonist whose role as a mother makes her both resilient and vulnerable to those threatening their freedom. Even as Soleil’s connections to wealth and her history with Alex are gradually revealed, the tension remains high as Soleil battles prejudice against former slaves and loopholes in emancipation. The message about freedom not always being simple is significant and well conveyed without being preachy or overstated. French-speaking readers may be distracted by inaccuracies in Soleil’s use of the French language, but the writing is otherwise smooth. This well-told historical romance is intense and powerful. (BookLife)
Formats
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  • B07D79N66J
  • 195 pages
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