House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel (Book Review #927)

House of Rougeaux is a historical fiction focusing on black African and American community. It is intergenerational and filled with decades of troubles and triumphs. The description writing moves you and has your bond with the characters. The story is educational and a representation of the harsh circumstances of the past.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Abeje and her brother Adunbi live in the slave quarters of a Caribbean sugar plantation. The story is set on the island of Martinique, and their lives are described in such a way that it melts your heart. When the children end up orphaned, things could not get any harder; however, the bond and strength between the two just gives you so much spirit and courage. You cannot stop rooting for them.

The literature was written very well. Everything about the story is compelling, intriguing, and beautiful. I appreciated the accuracy of the historical references. The author was in her element. I am not surprised to see this book winning an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Historical Fiction and being named one of Media’s 25 Must-Read books of 2018.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read historical fiction.

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