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Reviewed by Teresa Syms for Readers' Favorite
As a teenager in 1789, Mo’destee Vert was in love and happy with her upcoming role in her home village of Senegambia. A brilliant girl, gifted in so many ways, Mo’destee looked forward to her upcoming marriage to Jabari. Then the white men came, destroying the happy village and Mo’destee’s way of life. After the grueling voyage to Maryland, she becomes the property of plantation owner, Robert Banks. Banks is a cruel and heartless master and Mo’destee is subjected to his brutal ways, and his daughter Ethel’s unique ideas, as she sees Mo’destee as a playmate and friend. The Trials & Tribulations of Modesty Greene, by DW Plato, shares the lives of Mo’destee and her descendants as they struggle with the horrors of slavery. After three generations of slavery, Araminta Ross, aka Harriet Tubman, fully grasps her relationship with God and begins the fight for freedom as she takes up her pivotal role in the Underground Railroad.
A gripping novel that plunges the reader into the slave trade of 1789. In the Trials & Tribulations of Modesty Greene, DW Plato draws a graphic picture of the horrific lives of Mo’destee and her family, as each generation fights against the degradation of being owned by cruel plantation owners. A well written and graphic novel that brings to life the horrors of slavery, yet clearly displays the depth of the human spirit and keeps the reader turning pages as you cheer on the protagonist. As each new character is introduced in the story, the reader feels the burden of being born into slavery, the pain and suffering with each strike of the whip as it tears into their flesh, but also the joy, love and hope of freedom each generation represents. Character creation is exceptional, bringing to life the defiant Mo’destee Vert, who stood proud in her faith and never lost sight of her dream of freedom. Well written and well done on a topic that has plagued mankind for centuries! An eye-opening book that I thoroughly enjoyed.