Thandi's Love

Thandi's Love

Final Edition

Romance - Historical
421 Pages
Reviewed on 02/07/2017
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Book Review

Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

Thandi’s Love: Final Edition by Angel Strong is a love story set in the deep South of Newport, South Carolina, and spanning the mid-1800s. It is a time when masters controlled their slaves. Tom Lexington is the plantation owner, but also childhood playmates with Thandi and her brother, Isaac, until they are sent to his aunt’s plantation. Years pass, and Tom is forced to marry Anna in order to keep his family’s plantation away from her father, Daniel. Time has passed and Aunt Lacy sends Tom help to bring in the cotton harvest. This help includes his old friends, Thandi and Isaac.

The trio quickly renews their friendship, and much against Anna’s wishes because they are black and slaves. Tom sees that Thandi and Isaac are given beautiful guest rooms and allowed the freedom of the plantation. It quickly becomes more than friendship when Thandi and Tom fall deeply in love. Anna and her father are furious at this and do all they can to end the romance and make life miserable for Tom. Enter Victor, who comes to keep an eye on the situation and he too quickly falls for the beautiful Thandi.

I really found Thandi’s Love to be a treasure. There are secrets and heartbreak over the years, but there is also much love, friendship and good times. It got my attention from the first paragraph and never left me disappointed. Thandi’s Love is a warm and loving story that is a must-read. It is impossible not to feel all of the joy and pain of Thandi, Tom and Victor. I strongly urge you to read this book. It will make you smile, it will make you cry, but, importantly, it will keep you entertained.

Ray Simmons

Thandi’s Love is a historical romance between a slave and her married master, set in the South in the mid 1800s. I am from the South and I know a little about the dynamic between blacks and whites there. I also know something about the history of the era and how it affects many of our lives today. In my opinion, writing about a romance between a slave and a master is a tricky situation, no matter what historical period you are writing about. This period is probably the most difficult to write about for any American, but Angel Strong does a great job of focusing on the romance. Thandi is a person with all the strengths and weaknesses that come with that. The same can be said of her master and lover, Tom Lexington. How they can find love and hold on to it during the era in which they live is a good story.

Thandi’s Love is well written. It focuses on the romance much more than the history, and this is a good thing because the history of that time could very well take over the story. There are a lot of characters that show us the good and the bad of that particular place and time without having to go deep into the excesses of slavery. The romance is strong and that is what I want when I pick up any book in the romance genre. A strong romance must overcome and endure the elements trying to tear the lovers apart, and in Thandi’s Love, this is the heart of the story. A great read.