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  • Title: The Secret Life of Winnie Cox
  • Author: Sharon Maas
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  • Page: 135
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  • 1910, South America A time of racial tension and poverty A time where forbidden love must remain a secret.Winnie Cox lives a privileged life of dances and dresses on her father s sugar cane plantation Life is sweet in the kingdom of sugar and Winnie along with her sister Johanna, have neither worries nor responsibilities, they are birds of paradise, protected from the p1910, South America A time of racial tension and poverty A time where forbidden love must remain a secret.Winnie Cox lives a privileged life of dances and dresses on her father s sugar cane plantation Life is sweet in the kingdom of sugar and Winnie along with her sister Johanna, have neither worries nor responsibilities, they are birds of paradise, protected from the poverty in the world around them But everything can change in a heartbeat When Winnie falls in love with George Quint, the post office boy, a darkie from the other side, she soon finds herself slipping into a double life And as she withdraws from her family, she discovers a shocking secret about those whom are closest to her Now, than ever, Winnie is determined to prove her love for George, whatever price she must pay and however tragic the consequences might be A breath taking love story of two people fighting to be together, in a world determined to break them apart.Acclaim for Sharon Maas A terrific writer Barbara Erskine A page turning story, full of humanity, crossing cultures and continents, reminiscent of Andrea Levy Katie Fforde A beautiful story about tragic love and ultimately about forgiveness with powerful messages about love, life and learning to let things go in order to be happy Life With Joy Rich in detail and emotion and has the most beautiful and real description of loss I have ever read Shaz s Book blog Wow what a very touching story that was filled with super characters and important real life issues AJ Book Review Club If you are fond of family dramas that span generations, continents, and cultures, you will find this to be a worthwhile read I found the shift in attitudes toward gender and ethnicity across generations and cultures to be particularly interesting janetursel
    The Secret Life of Winnie Cox South America A time of racial tension and poverty A time where forbidden love must remain a secret Winnie Cox lives a privileged life of dances and dresses on her father s sugar cane plantation

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    1. If I m completely honest, I was slightly apprehensive about this book I absolutely love the front cover One of my favourite covers this year It evoked so much emotion in me, that I feared the book itself would be a disappointment I m really pleased to announce that I also loved the beautifully written story behind the cover.This is both a sad and beautiful tale of forbidden love I felt Winnie s excitement and my heart ached for George in the way I imagined Winnie s did The struggles they faced w [...]

    2. Via invitation.Description 1910, South American Winnie Cox lives a privileged life of dances and dresses on her father s sugar cane plantation Life is sweet in the kingdom of sugar and Winnie along with her sister Johanna, have neither worries nor responsibilities, they are birds of paradise, protected from the poverty in the world around them But everything can change in a heartbeatWhen Winnie falls in love with George Quint, the post office boy, a darkie from the other side, she soon finds her [...]

    3. I understood now what I had done I realised now that I had ventured onto treacherous land I had plunged headfirst and eyes closed into a world of which I knew nothing, following only my passions and my headstrong will, without regard for the silent invisible currents of taboo and prejudice I had broken rules built up over centuries, fiddled with an edifice of convention that at any moment could come toppling down on my head I vowed to be careful in future The Secret Life of Winnie Cox is the fi [...]

    4. Another beautiful, spellbinding story by Sharon Maas that wrapped itself around my heart Winnie is an absolutely spectacular character, an incredibly likeable heroine I rooted for her from the beginning of this amazing tale to the end, and cannot wait to read of her story So pleased that there are books to come which will continue her story Loved George and Yoyo and Auntie Dolly and Uncle Jim Sharon Maas effortlessly paints for us a picture of the troubled time in the history of British Guyana [...]

    5. Great cover It speaks volumes.The Secret Life of Winnie Cox has great descriptions of British Guiana s plantation from the viewpoints of the owner and slaves It also includes politics and young forbidden love Highly recommend if you like thought provoking historical fiction.

    6. It s 1910 in British Guiana and white sisters Winnie and Yoyo live a life of luxury as the daughters of a wealthy sugar plantation owner Learning their old Indian nanny is dying, the girls venture into the off limits plantation labourers camps to say goodbye to her and are horrified by the cramped, filthy, fly infested slums they live in Convinced their beloved papa can t know about such squalor, the girls vow to tell him about it with a view to change, but before they get the chance the laboure [...]

    7. 1910, South America A time of racial tension and poverty A time where forbidden love must remain a secret.Winnie Cox lives a privileged life of dances and dresses on her father s sugar cane plantation Life is sweet in the kingdom of sugar and Winnie along with her sister Johanna, have neither worries nor responsibilities, they are birds of paradise, protected from the poverty in the world around them But everything can change in a heartbeat When Winnie falls in love with George Quint, the post o [...]

    8. I read Sharon Maas The Small Fortune of Dorothea Q earlier this year and absolutely loved it So I jumped at the chance to read this new book and I wasn t disappointed Winnie Cox is the privileged daughter of a plantation owner in British Guiana at a turbulent time in that country s history When she falls in love with George Quint, a black Post Office worker, it seems that there is no future for them But Winnie is determined to fight for her man, even though it may mean alienating the rest of her [...]

    9. Set in British Guyana at the end of the 19th century, the Secret Life of Winnie Cox provides an insight into the gilded life of the families on the plantations and the struggles and torrid conditions of those who worked for them.Absolutely enchanting book full of the struggle between right and wrong, childhood rebellion and family relationships Sharon Maas has always been one of my stand out authors with The Secret Life of Winnie Cox, she is at her finest.A reminder of how far the world has evol [...]

    10. 3.5 4 Cranky Stars The eponymous Winnie Cox lives a life of privilege as a sugar princess at the turn of the 20th Century in British Guiana She is a member of the British gentry, her grandfather an earl, and her father is the owner of the plantation, Promised Land.As events unfold, privilege and innocence is something reserved for the rich and white People of color are afforded no such privileges.After a primal scene, where Winnie is introduced to the living conditions of workers and former work [...]

    11. It is 1910, South America Winnie Cox is living a privileged life as the daughter of sugarcane plantation owner.Winnie and her sister want for nothing Everything they want is there for them Servants at their beck and call, they don t even realise the inequalities that exist around them She gets small glimpses of a life very different to theirs however things come to a head when she meets George, a young man who does not fit the bill by any standards for someone like Winnie George is a post office [...]

    12. I absolutely loved The Small Fortune of Dorothea Q and was really looking forward to reading this new book The cover was really striking and would make me choose it based purely on that Winnie lived on her father s sugar cane plantation in South America She was leading a privileged life She is a wonderful character and you take her to your heart immediately I absolutely love Sharon Maas writing style you can just picture the setting and the relationships between the characters in such a vivid wo [...]

    13. I received a copy of this via NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review.This is one of those books that gently sweeps you along as you learn of Winnie s life on a plantation in British Guyana and it is often quite difficult to read as you are told of life for the darkies and coolies that Winnie and her sister are completely unaware of until they get a little older and go and visit their old nanny who they hear is dying They are shocked by what they see going on, Winnie especially and she [...]

    14. I absolutely loved everything about this book it is beautifully and evocatively written with some fantastic characters who I cannot wait to meet again Sharon Maas shows us how the perfection of life as a pampered sugar princess at the turn of the 20th century was turned on its head by a shock visit to the home of her former nanny and the subsequent series of events.This is a wonderful coming of age novel, but so much Sharon Maas sweeps us along with Winnie as she transforms herself from a naive [...]

    15. This was one amazing book I m not usually a fan of anything other than contemporary fiction but the premise of this one meant I just had to read it And I was not disappointed Sharon Maas poetic descriptions of Promised Land and the area Winnie and Yoyo lived in were just beautiful A tense plot set in turbulent times of slavery and race divide had me turning the pages eager for of this story I adored the relationship between Winnie and George and I cannot wait to read the next book in this serie [...]

    16. First a delicious warning you will stand in a glorious rainstorm reading this book, for Sharon Maas vivid and wonderful writing takes you right there To British Guiana 1900 s You will smell it Feel it Live it And yes stand in a rainstorm with the fabulous, feisty heroine A terrific story of forbidden love beautifully told The first in a trilogy Loved it.

    17. The Secret Life of Winnie Cox is a prequel of sorts to the brilliant The Small Fortune of Dorothea Q released last year by Sharon Maas I reviewed that book on the blog and can say it was a surprising highlight amongst all the 2014 releases A year later Sharon is back in what is the first in a planned trilogy set once again in British Guyana but this time back in 1910 The cover for this new book is very simple but portrays a clear, stark, powerful message that leaves the reader in no doubt that t [...]

    18. This book was utterly captivating and stunning I have never read a book that was set in what was known as British Guiana, now Guyana, and not only did I learn some things about the colonial history of that country but also a little bit of what life was like for all stratas of society It shocked me a little, I have to say Words like coolie and darkie being bandied about quite casually in the beginning of the book made me cringe but it put me in that point in history, which was the idea.The story [...]

    19. A beautifully written story of forbidden love by Sharon Maas I was fascinated to be transported back to a troubling time in the history of British Guyana where I was forced to witness the racist world of the early 1900 s I fell in love with Winnie and I thought Maas was so clever to let us see her growth because I became attached to her without even realising it We watch Winnie grow from a girl in to a woman, learning important life lessons along the way and making difficult decisions that come [...]

    20. The author writes so descriptively about the life and times of early British Guyana, the sugar plantations and the people who owned them and the people who worked them It s a hard book to read at times, especially when it describes the treatment of the workers and how they lived It s interesting how na ve Winnie and her sister were even though they had been brought up on the sugar plantation The slow realisation that their father who was so loving to them could also be an entirely different pers [...]

    21. The Secret Life of Winnie Cox by Sharon MaasThe novel begins in 1910 in Guiana South America where racial tensions were running high Sugar plantations were dependent on indentured servants from India called coolies who were kept, by the plantation owners, in the worst kind of slums It took me awhile to get into but yet was disappointed when it ended The good news is that this is the first of a trilogy and the next books will tell us how life continues for Winnie The sugar princess Ruth, Winnie s [...]

    22. I have always enjoyed a good story set in a unique place and time The Secret Life of Winnie Cox by Sharon Maas is unique in that it takes us to British Guiana in the early 1900s where Black vs Indian vs White continue to unsettle the population and prejudice runs rampant Winnie Cox is a compelling character who falls in love with an Indian man who runs the local post office As the story progresses and their clandestine love affair blossoms, Winnie learns of his political affiliations and struggl [...]

    23. First I d like to thank TBC for giving me an ARC of this book to review for an honest review This isn t normally the type of book that I read, but I jumped at the chance because I ve heard some great things about this book It is a story of forbidden love between the teenage daughter of a wealthy sugar plantation s master and a black teenager who works at the post office It captured me from the beginning I won t lie, I found it difficult to read at times with the treatment of the workers slaves i [...]

    24. I was given a free copy of the book from TBC in exchange for an honest review For me this was definitely a book of two halves The pace of the first half was so slow that i really had to persevere to carry on and read to the end Then about halfway through the quality of the wonderfully descriptive narrative and the story picked up and I was keen to keep reading Overall It is a well written story with warm, rich characters The author handles the history side of the book and the racial issues very [...]

    25. A heart warming but also heartbreaking story of forbidden love which is set in British Guyana at the beginning of the 20th century I loved the way the story of Winnie was entwined with the story of her mothers early married life.Slavery had been abolished but it seems that nobody had told the rich plantation owners who treated their workers appallingly Winnie and her sister saw at first had the cruelty that their father was capable of and vowed to do what ever they could to put a stop to it Ther [...]

    26. A white privileged girl of sixteen living on a sugar plantation in British Guyana in the early 1900s where she sees the local postman and they both fall madly in love Notwithstanding this guy is a well educated and clever, there is still social stigma of inter relationships at this time in a British conscious society The author claims that Winnie goes through several life changing moments but she is still a sixteen year old who is very immature and I needed to slap her soundly on every step of h [...]

    27. I was extremely fortunate to receive a ARC of this book from TBC Wow, where to start It is very rarely that a book has me captured from the first page This was such a book as well as a great cover The story is about forbidden love and the prejudices faced by many in the past Running through the book is her mother s diary entries which also speaks of other prejudices The characters were beautifully brought to life I genuinely didn t want this book to end although we delighted to read at the end a [...]

    28. This is the third book of Sharon Maas s that I have read and my favourite For those looking for a unique historical setting British Guiana, early 20th Century and a compelling storyline, look no further This novel revolves around the early life of Winnie Cox who lives on a sugar plantation run by her Father We follow her fortunes and often painful journey into adulthood as she falls in love for the first time with the wrong man and everything that she knows and understands threatens to crumble a [...]

    29. I really loved this novel and the writer was able to draw me into this world so completely with her beautiful prose and imagery One could tell that this was written from the heart.It was for me an emotional roller coaster I cried, I laughed, I got angry, I was sad, and at times blown away by the silly notions of life that Winnie had I was so relieved that she, in the end, started realising that the world she lived in, was all a facade created to hide the ugly, harsh realities of the world that r [...]

    30. WOW I think Winnie is the biggest hero ever I loved this author s writing style In the time period this takes place, it s hard to understand, the racial part anyway but the way Winnie was fearless was just brilliant I can not wait for book 2 This truly was a masterpiece

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