March 5, 2018 on Amazon | 5.0 out of 5 stars
By Phil Bolos
Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase
That Woman: Beating the Odds in Colonial New York by Wayne Clark follows Sarah Da Silva as she tries to find her brother and survive in a harsh new world. Sarah had a life in France. Everything was going fairly well until her mother passed away from an illness. Her father, now falling apart himself, started to grow more and more desperate as he watched his family fall apart and his business drown in debt. One night on the docks, Sarah and her brother are kidnapped and thrown on a boat destined for the United States. When they arrive in the states, they are torn away from each other and sold to the highest bidder. Sarah is sold to a horrible man who controls the New York docks with an iron fist. Sarah knows that it is only a matter of time before something bad happens to her or her brother, so she grabs a knife and thrusts it into the man’s neck and demands her freedom. Reluctantly, he gives it to her and Sarah is able to find her brother and start putting their lives back together. What Sarah doesn’t know is that she has been paid for and her owner is not going to let her go so easily.
That Woman is written wonderfully. The author has obviously taken time to master the craft and has created a story that flows easily and does a great job of developing the characters and making us want to know what will happen next. The story has certain elements that mirror modern society, the most obvious of which is the struggle of women in a male dominated society. However, this has always been an issues and the story really can apply to many countries and time periods. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this as it does fall into that genre, but the drama that unfolds can carry this along without having to rely on knowledge of the time period to progress the story. Great job.