Moda And The Masquerades

The Rhythm Plays On

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
223 Pages
Reviewed on 01/04/2024
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Author Biography

Jacqueline Greer Graham is a Canadian citizen who was born in Montserrat, British West Indies. During the corona virus global pandemic, she was reminded how quickly life can change and even end, and how important it is to capture her rich experiences for the benefit of her children and others. So she wrote her memoir, Almost Full Circle: From Montserrat to Canada and Back-ish. It chronicles her journey from a small village in Montserrat to Canada and her journey home after a volcano destroyed her village.

The book won the 2022-2023 Reader Views Literary Awards Gold Medal Award in the Memoir/Autobiography/Biography category.

Moda and the Masquerades: The Rhythm Plays On is Jacqueline’s second book. It’s a fictional story inspired by true events that occurred in the eighteenth century, as well as her love for Masquerades.

Jacqueline is passionate about sharing her stories and holds the opinion that you should write/record/share yours too, even if you don’t publish them. She believes that when we experience other cultures and perspectives, we all benefit: we’re more empathetic, more tolerant, more enlightened.

Jacqueline lives in Ontario, Canada, and has two children—Gabrielle and Lemuel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Frank Mutuma for Readers' Favorite

Tony and Moda see Marse Brooks and Willie Ben. Both are famous Montserrat politicians, but they are long dead. This confirms that they are also dead or that they have traveled back in time. Moda and her mom had moved from Montserrat to Canada after the volcanic eruption that devastated the region. Tony and Moda are friends and successful business partners involved in the fashion industry. Lately, Moda has had strange dreams about masquerades that scare her, considering the information about her family's ability to communicate with ancestors. To get inspiration for their next fashion project, they travel to Montserrat, and that's when strange things start happening. To find out how things unfold, get a copy of Moda and The Masquerades: The Rhythm Plays On by Jacqueline Greer Graham.

The celebration of culture, diversity, and tolerance stood out in Moda and The Masquerades by Jacqueline Greer Graham. The expertly woven plot line flows seamlessly, leaving no room for confusion, and I loved the unique approach Jacqueline used. Going back in time is one aspect I loved the most. It triggered my curiosity to learn more about the history of slavery in the Caribbean. The plot twists and turns also make it hard to predict what will happen, hence making one look forward to subsequent chapters. The characters are well-developed, and the vivid descriptions of events and places make it an adventure without having to leave my couch. The steady narration also added to the overall appeal of the book. I look forward to reading something else by this talented author.

Doreen Chombu

Moda is a fashion designer who fights for justice by providing platforms for minorities to showcase their talents. However, her recent controversial fashion show has subjected her life and company to threats from online haters. But she refuses to let this deter her from her work. Seeking inspiration for her upcoming show, she travels to Montserrat, her homeland in the Caribbean. While there, she also hopes to find answers to her vivid dreams of masquerades, bloody battles, and mountain fires. For her first adventure, Moda goes on a hike with her colleagues, where she and her closest friend, Tony, find themselves transported back to the 1700s when black people were still slaves. To find out what happens next and to join Moda and Tony on their life-changing adventure, get a copy of Moda And The Masquerades: The Rhythm Plays On by Jacqueline Greer Graham.

Moda And The Masquerades is a captivating tale with a unique storyline that takes readers on a journey through time. It depicts one of the most inspiring moments in history - the revolt of slaves against their white masters in Montserrat. Jacqueline Greer Graham, not only addresses racism in the past but also in the present, encouraging people to stand up for equality and against discrimination and reconnect with their roots. This story teaches many lessons, and readers will enjoy getting to know the characters, especially Moda, who is a fascinating character hailing from a community with a culturally rich heritage. The story also features a mystery murder plot seamlessly blended into it. All these elements come together to make it an unforgettable read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to appreciate its story and its message.

Essien Asian

In Moda And The Masquerades by Jacqueline Greer Graham, a young fashionista learns firsthand about her ancestors' struggles and solves a mystery while at it. Moda’s unconventional attitude to her fashion business may have attracted a lot of attention to her work but it does not endear her to many others. This is most likely because of her unusual approach in using her work to balance the scales of social injustice she grew up witnessing around her. During a hike with her close friend, they are unwittingly sucked into a time-warp adventure that hits closer to home than Moda is comfortable to admit. Will they make it back home unscathed in Jacqueline Greer Graham’s Moda And The Masquerades?

Moda And The Masquerades proudly showcases West Indian culture. The cast of Jacqueline Greer Graham's adventure novel is small, but what they lack in size they more than make up for in dialogue. Their origin stories are crafted to connect to the extensive chronicle of Montserrat's development. The author uses conversations between the characters, primarily composed of short, easy-to-follow sentences, to create a relaxed tone for the story. The use of era-appropriate slang gives the novel a unique feel. A sense of tension permeates the narrative style, which intensifies as important moments approach. This is best demonstrated when Baako tells Tony and Moda about the plans for the rebellion without realizing they already know how it will end. Readers who appreciate mysteries will enjoy Moda And The Masquerades.