COTTON HARVEST TIME – I NEED MORE SLAVES
Thandi’s Love by Angel Strong is set during slavery, in which Tom Lexington, Jr. is needing help during the cotton harvest season and seeks out Thandi and her brother Issac to assist. Issac will work in the field, becoming a second overseer to Ben. Thandi will work along Esther, the house manager (aka slave). Tom, Thandi, and Issac used to be childhood friends, for Thandi’s mother used to be a slave of Tom’s father Tom Sr. Since Sr’s passing, Jr is now the owner of the plantation and has his own slaves, inside and outside the house.
MORE TOM’S LOVE THAN THANDI’S
Tom has always had a thing for Thandi, ever since they were kids. But now that he’s seen what a beauty Thandi has become, his heart beats even more for her, while his wife’s eyes show nothing but contempt and anger towards both Thandi and her brother Issac.
Soon as Thandi’s arrival Tom begins spending as much time as he can with her and her brother, but more with Thandi. This is one of the reason’s his wife, Anna has contempt and anger for Thandi. The other reason being is Tom invites them to have dinner and breakfast at the family dining table. Not the kitchen table where the in-house slaves eat, but the formal dining table reserved for Tom and his wife and dinner guests.
Thandi likes the attention Tom is showing her and she likes the room she’s able to stay in during harvest season.
There are other storylines within the book than just the relationship between Tom and Thandi. After all, it is set during slavery, so you can pretty much guess the other storylines.
LET’S JUMP RIGHT INTO MY THOUGHTS
When I started reading the book I was enamored with the writing style of Angel Strong. I felt the writing alone would get me through a love story, which is one genre of books of books I stay away from. The reason I read this one is due to author reaching out to me. But then I started losing interest pretty quickly. The late night walk in the garden by Thandi and Tom was the beginning of the end for me. I felt the description was long and drawn out. The dialogue between Thandi and Tom was also long and drawn out. I found myself yelling, “Spit it out, will ya!” Conversations between other people were of the same caliber.
There were scenes that were also long and drawn out that could have ended sooner than they did. Think back to a movie you’ve watched in which a particular scene seemed to drag on, you thought it would never end. That was some of the scenes in this book. But I soldiered on. Hoping things would get better.
HISTORICAL FICTION BUT WHERE’S THE HISTORY?
There were a number of other things I found wrong with this historical fiction book set during slavery. Slaves, no matter who they are, never eat at the main dining room table. The book should have kept it real when it came to slaves, especially those who worked outside the house. The way this book was written, it seemed like everyone had it pretty good for being slaves, inside and definitely inside.
I think I expected more of this book than what I got. If I’m going to reach a historical fiction book based on a horrific tragedy that took place, in the United States or in Europe, I expect reality to be incorporated into the fantasy. I didn’t get that with Thandi’s Love. The only part of the book that had any effect on me was the writing style. Other than that, shock, anger, happiness, nor any other emotion was garnered from me save for wanting the scene to hurry along.
Would I recommend this book to anyone? No. Would I deter anyone from reading it? Definitely not!
I give it two out of five stars.
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published 1 Jan 2017 by CreateSpace, an independent publishing platform.