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Smashwords book reviews by Yvette Davis
- A Husband for Margaret
on Oct. 27, 2010
The author could have made some changes to the main character that would have given the story more "oomph." Here's why it's important to do so: http://brattysramblings.blogspot.com/2010/10/book-review-husband-for-margaret.html
- The Ties That Bind
on Jan. 21, 2011
A good example of Kate's work. Not lacking in the heat department. I found the ending somewhat open-ended....
- Unforgiven Pleasure
on Feb. 21, 2011
This book needs some editing help!
- Living Half Free
on Feb. 28, 2012
The author’s focus on historical accuracy shines in Living Half Free, her first published story of a young white-skinned slave named Zachariah. For many contemporary people, Zachariah’s trials might seem outlandish, or even unthinkable by today’s standards. But this book is set in the pre-Civil War period, when the institution of slavery was alive and well, in all its harsh clarity. The author simply brings the truth to light through the main character.
In this story, we see how few choices Zach has in his life. We cringe at how he’s forced to live, at the abuse he suffers. And all along we root for him to get and hold onto freedom and happiness, though we know it’s unlikely he’ll ever have either for very long. His light skin and light hair allows him some freedom, but in the old days, even one drop of negro blood made a man a slave. And sadly, a slave Zachariah will always be. But to whom is the question?
I think the book is aptly named. Zach will ever be half free as he’s forced to straddle two worlds – the white world and the black world - and try to remain the master of his soul.