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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Margaret Anne: Child of the West Wind is a work of fiction in the historical fiction, Western, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Ronan James Cassidy, this captivating historical drama delves into the life of its titular character, Margaret Anne Basseterre. Born as the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy plantation owner and a Haitian woman during a time of slavery and turmoil, Margaret Anne's life is marked by adversity from the very beginning. The novel explores her unique gifts and the dark forces that threaten her, painting a vivid picture of the struggles faced during the Civil War era in America.
Author Ronan James Cassidy has crafted a compelling and atmospheric tale rich with family secrets, social unrest, and the divine will that surrounds Margaret Anne. One of the most striking aspects of the book for me personally was the author’s command of a multi-perspective narrative, which offers a deep and poetic exploration of the societal and spiritual battles of the time. As readers, we witness Margaret Anne's journey as a guiding light in a turbulent period of American history, but we’re also treated to so many other unheard voices coming to the fore with their suffering and triumphs. Cassidy's storytelling is both evocative and thought-provoking, providing a unique perspective on an important period in American history whilst also offering a rich descriptive style that feels not just cinematic but visceral and multi-sensory, as if you’re really there at the time. Overall, Margaret Anne is a beautifully written novel that offers a multi-faceted view of the Civil War era and sets the stage for the Redemption Series. I am immensely looking forward to reading more.