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Trade Wind | [M.M. Kaye]

Trade Wind

The year is 1859 and Hero Hollis, beautiful and headstrong niece of the American consul, arrives in Zanzibar. It is an earthly paradise; it is also the last outpost of the Slave Trade. A passionate opponent of slavery, Hero is swept into a turmoil of royal intrigue, abduction, piracy, smuggling, and a virulent cholera epidemic. There in Zanzibar, the most cruelly beautiful island of the Southern Seas, she must choose her love and unravel her destiny.
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Publisher's Summary

The year is 1859 and Hero Hollis, beautiful and headstrong niece of the American consul, arrives in Zanzibar. It is an earthly paradise; it is also the last outpost of the Slave Trade. A passionate opponent of slavery, Hero is swept into a turmoil of royal intrigue, abduction, piracy, smuggling, and a virulent cholera epidemic. There in Zanzibar, the most cruelly beautiful island of the Southern Seas, she must choose her love and unravel her destiny.

©1963, 1981 M.M. Kaye; (P)2006 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Strong narrative...telling descriptions." (Birmingham Post)
"A wealth of incident against a fascinating background...a beautiful, almost lyrical style of writing." (Liverppol Daily Post)
"Frangipani, jasmine, and cloves...palace intrigues...slave trades, cholera, pirates, and storms at sea...a huge book." (Guardian)

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    The story was ok overall. I wouldn't have classified it as a historical novel. Just because a story takes place somewhere in the world in the past doesn't qualify. Our heroine was so simple minded it made me want to scream. The only possibility of a sex sceen was completely skipped over and only eluded to after the fact. The biggest disapointment was it could have been so much more.

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    "Brilliant"

    Fab from start to finish. Narration was great (even though she struggled with the American accent in places) and the characters were masterfully crafted. You aren't sure whether you love or hate some of them but by the end you understand them. I want to go to Zanzibar now!

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