Coming September 25, 2018
The One Unspoken
About The One Unspoken
Sidonie Verdier and Gabriel Saint-Martin are neighbors who live worlds apart. Born in western Louisiana in 1841, Sidonie is the last and only surviving child of an impoverished white Creole cotton planter, who has abandoned his pregnant wife. When her mother dies in childbirth, Sidonie is left to the care of Adelis, a midwife and former slave who has blackmailed her freedom from her mistress on her deathbed. The two develop an unlikely bond, which is cemented when Adelis realizes that they share a gift—the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. As she grows older, Sidonie also discovers that she has a singular talent for music, passed down from her mysterious and beautiful mother, Isobel Ballantyne. But when Sidonie’s father returns with plans to reclaim the plantation, forge his daughter into a proper Creole lady, and sell her into marriage to the highest bidder, Adelis and Sidonie’s fragile peace is shattered.
Meanwhile, on a neighboring plantation, Gabriel St. Martin is leading the privileged yet fraught life of a free black sugar-planter’s only son. He chafes under the expectation that he will inherit the plantation, dreaming instead of a career in medicine far beyond the confines of his remote, rural home. When Gabriel is sent to fetch Adelis for the birth of his mother’s seventh child, his orbit collides with Sidonie’s, leading to passionate, forbidden love and a tragedy that will destroy his family, revealing the tangled bloodlines that bind them all.
From the backwoods bayous of Louisiana to the corrupt, glittering decadence of antebellum New Orleans, THE ONE UNSPOKEN peels back the barbed layers of the Code Noir, which governed both free and enslaved African-Americans. It conjures a shimmering world of voodoo curses, extravagant affairs, and skeletons in family closets, and will appeal to readers of The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill and The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley.
Reviews for The One Unspoken
Sidonie Verdier was born in the middle of a storm and is raised by Adelis, the midwife and former slave that birthed her. Her father had run off while her mother was still pregnant, and her mother died soon after the childbirth. Sidonie and Adelis were close, especially as it became clear that they both were able to see and communicate with ghosts. When her father returns to make a Creole debutante out of her, Sidonie's only escapes are her music and occasionally talking with her neighbor, Gabriel St. Martin, the only son of a free black plantation owner.
Antebellum New [...]
An intriguing look at a history often thought to be taboo, The One Unspoken touches the hearts of readers of all backgrounds as it tells the story of loss, revenge, and a love forbidden by all but chosen for a better world. What really spoke to me in this book were the unique perspectives that many books during this time period don't talk about - a white woman who grows up with slaves as her family, a black man whose free family owns slaves, and the practice of voodoo that shows both the light and dark sides. How often do [...]
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I won't reiterate the blurb, but suffice it to say this is a good book. Set in Louisiana in the mid-1800's, the story is well thought out with interesting characters and events that are set true to time and place.
My first read by author Sarah Bryant and I look forward to the second book in this series.
Netgalley provided me with free digital access to this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I am not a reader of romance, typically, but I can appreciate a good love story if there's other stuff going on that interests me. In this case I was drawn to the promise of spookiness and secrets, and it didn't disappoint, but I also really found myself drawn into the love story and rooting for the lovers. This title also made for some fascinating historical fiction.