Lady of the Plantation

Romance - Historical
179 Pages
Reviewed on 05/11/2023
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Author Biography

Adrian is a graduate of West Georgia University and the author of nine self-published books. This novel was inspired by my ancestor, Sylvia Cousins, who lived as a slave in Virginia and Georgia. During my ancestry research, I discovered some facts about her life that I pieced together into a fictional account of her life on the plantation. I hope this story helps readers understand how our world was warped by events that occurred centuries ago.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emma Megan for Readers' Favorite

Lady of the Plantation by Adrian Heflin is an extraordinary story of love, slavery, survival, and a craving for freedom. It showcases the pain and harsh realities of living a life of oppression on a tobacco plantation. Sylvia's story starts near Charlottesville, Virginia, on the Owensby Plantation. She is a beautiful and intelligent mulatto child born into slavery. Despite the differences in age and race, Sylvia and Ethel, her owner's daughter, are incredibly close. Due to an unfortunate event, Sylvia loses her mother but gains a new friend. Things become more complicated when the Owensby family decides to move to Georgia in the early 1800s. The story follows Sylvia and Ethel into adulthood and motherhood. Through trial and tribulation, they both fight for their families and dreams.

It was impossible not to admire Sylvia's intelligence, inner strength, and ambition to pursue a life that was denied to her. Her story is heartbreaking and inspiring. From start to finish, Lady of the Plantation by Adrian Heflin is powerful, intimate, and emotionally wrenching. It is an extraordinary must-read historical romance novel about slavery. This impressive tale told with empathy and heart, lets us experience the unfairness of slavery on an intimate, personal level. It perfectly captures the irony of underestimating an entire race. It is also an unforgettable tale of motherhood, ambition, sacrifice, hope, and the heartache of forbidden love. I recommend it to anyone looking for a beautifully written and essential novel on slavery.

Pikasho Deka

Lady of the Plantation is a historical romance drama by Adrian Heflin. Set in 19th century pre-Civil War America, the book follows the life story of a slave girl named Sylvia. Sylvia was eight years old when she was separated from her mother, and the Owensby family moved from Virginia to Georgia. Growing up close with Ethel Owensby, Sylvia and her husband James moved to the Washington plantation when Ethel married John Paul Washington. But soon, she catches John Paul's eye and, after the death of Ethel during childbirth, develops an unconventional relationship with him. As the decades pass, John Paul and Sylvia grow ever closer as they navigate the passing of loved ones, raise children, run the plantation with the complications of slavery, and eventually, the Civil War.

A historical romance set against the backdrop of slavery in the deep south, Lady of the Plantation is an epic story spanning generations of two intertwined families. Adrian Heflin integrates actual historical events into the narrative, which raises the stakes, and you find yourself attached to Sylvia and the fate of her family. Heflin doesn't shy away from showcasing the devastating impact of slavery that tore families apart with a gripping plot filled with tragedy, heartbreak, romance, and drama. Sylvia and John Paul's relationship begins as a slave and a master, but throughout the story, it turns into something far more. Overall, I was hooked from start to finish and recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

Maria Victoria Beltran

Lady of the Plantation by Adrian Heflin is a historical romance that captures the harsh realities of slavery in the United States during the 19th century. Set in Georgia, the story follows the life of Sylvia, a mulatto girl, and her mother Mabel, who were owned by the Owensby family. The novel begins with an unusual request made by Mr. Bixby, which separates mother and daughter, sending Mabel away to work on another plantation. Sylvia, who is left behind, becomes a loyal companion to Ethel, the Owensbys' daughter. Over time, the two girls form a close bond, which lasts through marriage and the birth of their children. However, when the Owensby couple passes away, Sylvia's life takes a dark turn as she is forced to endure oppression and brutality at the hands of her new master. As the American Civil War rages on, Sylvia finds herself facing unimaginable challenges and danger.

Adrian Heflin's Lady of the Plantation takes readers on a journey through a topic that can be difficult to read about. The author’s descriptive literary style brings the characters to life, making it easy for readers to connect with them. In particular, Sylvia embodies resilience and determination. Despite the challenges she faces, she finds beauty and love in the world around her. Heflin's compelling storytelling makes it impossible to put the book down. The unexpected and poignant ending is one that readers will remember long after finishing the book. This is a captivating novel that is both heartbreaking and inspiring. It sheds light on a dark period in American history while showcasing the strength of the human spirit. This is a must-read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction or is interested in the subject of slavery in the United States.

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