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  • Daughter of the shipwreck

    Wow!!! What an amazing book... Certainly page turner and impossible to put down. Very emotional in so many ways, the fact that this really did happen to so many people, young and old. Heartbreaking that children were ripped from their families who were never seen again. Clearly very well researched. Thank you.

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  • Epic story!

    What a fantastic epic story of a brother and sister, cruelly torn apart after being taken from their home for a life of slavery. The opening scene, set in Africa, was truly a heart wrenching read and I was eager to find out what had happened to the two young siblings. I really felt as though I was pounding the streets of London with Mat and Mercy. Both characters were so well rounded and likeable, I really enjoyed getting to know them as their stories unfolded. I loved the mystery element too. It had me guessing as to what had really taken place on the ship all those years ago. ‘Daughter of the Shipwreck’ is a brilliantly written story, full of emotion, with characters that I’ll remember for a long time. If you enjoy historical fiction, this really is a must read!

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  • Wonderfully Written and Recommend Read

    “Daughter of the Shipwreck” is a first time read by Lora Davies, new author to this reader. Not often do I read stories related to this abolition/slavery, but the description was so compelling that I had to read it. Well I can say that it did not disappoint by no means and I thought it was a well-written historical fiction. The story is of Mercy and Matt, two individuals who were torn apart from other another when their village in Africa was raided by slave traders and their family killed in the aftermath. Later, we find that Mercy is sent to work for a doctor’s wife who campaigns for the abolishment of slavery. Mat is a sailor who has been in search for his sister Mercy for quite some time and in the process hopes to eliminate the men who kidnapped her. It is not until Mercy and Mat cross paths that events are put into motion that could destroy all that Mercy thought was true. The story has its bit of mystery in that while Mat and Mercy are determined to find the kidnappers, someone else is eliminating those who hold the horrible secrets of their past and could they be the next to be silenced? Oh, this was just a really good read for me. I loved that Mat and Mercy have their own stories to tell and how both stories intertwined with one another. The author does a great job of pulling this together so that the reader can relate to both characters. I enjoyed how the story unfolded and kept my attention to the end. It was a book I found hard to put down and totally recommend the read.

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  • Wonderful story

    Mercy is nineteen years of age and is living in the household of Dr. Stephens and his wife Catherine. Mercy is the orphaned daughter of an African prince and Catherine is a fervent advocate for the abolition of slavery. Mercy is educated and has quite a few freedoms. However, there are certain limitations in her life, as well as rather poor treatment at times, and these are things that confuse her. Mercy is more than eager to assist Catherine, but when she is paraded about in a degrading manner, she strives to pull back. Meanwhile, on a visit to a museum on occasion, she sees a painting that brings disturbing dreams and memories to mind. One day she goes someplace with Catherine's maid Bridget and that is when she meets a scruffy stranger - and this stranger shockingly tells her that she is his long-lost sister. There are other facets to this story. One thing is that Mercy seems quite connected to Dr. Stephens and this takes time to work out. Also, she had a rift with Bridget and it is intriguing as to what draws the two togther. Furthermore, Mat's story begins to be told. Who is Mat? He is Matondo, or Matthew, and he has a significant role in this story. He is the stranger that introduced himself to Mercy. Where has Mat been and how is it that he is just now seeing Mercy? This story shifts back to the time when the pair were young children, ripped from their lives in Africa and then each other. Mat vowed to find Mercy one day and that he did. This does not mean happiness for them, however. In fact, the challenges grow and that is what make this such a riveting story. Mat was filled with more than the desire to find Mercy. He is filled with revenge for the man that pulled them apart. I thought this would be a slave story. In fact, I thought it would be written by a BIPOC author. It was neither. Instead, it is an incredible story of identity, family and bravery. It is quite a sensitive story of two people who needed to find one another again, but at a time that was full of prejudice, judgment and danger. Kudos to Lora Davies for penning such an impressive story, one that garnered deep emotion and thought. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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