Mockingbird Hill continues to enthrall,
This review is from: Tally's Nook (Paperback)
Dorothy K Morris has the gift - she loves writing and it shows graciously throughout her growing series of books - the four books that comprise THE MOCKINGBIRD HILL SERIES. She writes 'about people, the human condition, with out strengths, weaknesses, courage, cowardice, love, kindness, and cruelty.' Now she takes us to the early part of the 18th century in what is termed a second prequel to the four book series. According to Morris, `I wrote it because it is, indeed, my heritage, but so far back that I knew nothing about the subject. When most people think of slavery in the South, we think of King Cotton. Seldom or never do we think of rice. But Glaberrima Rice, African rice, was the product that made South Carolina the richest Colony and Charles Town the wealthiest city, and slaves from the West Coast of Africa were the people with the expertise to do it. Rice from Asia came much later.' The prequel was DIRTY RICE and now the follow up sequel TALLY'S NOOK extends the seeds sewn in that prequel that have sprouted and grown into more mature aspects of this impressive series.
As is so often the case, the author's synopsis best distills the storyline: "Mr. Barnes, you can take this shipyard and all the others and shove 'em up His Majesty's bloody arse." Shouting these treasonous words to his employer, Isham Holt, by far the most skilled shipwright in England, angrily left his place of employment and began a journey of discovery: of a new land, a new culture, new friends and ultimately of himself. At a time when Colonial South Carolina had ended its Proprietary phase and had become a Crown Colony, the Talleigh fortune was thoroughly invested in this new world. Lord Fredrick Talleigh had dreams of new endeavors and new ways of living that, as the new head of The Colonial Land, Shipping and Commerce Company, and with his beloved Corinna by his side, he was determined to establish. TALLY'S NOOK takes us from pages of DIRTY RICE into new territory with new characters and old. We follow them as they all struggle to survive and to love and to prosper amid the outrages of fevers and violent storms, even emotional storms, in this beautiful land: the Low Country of South Carolina.'
But in the end much of the stimulation of reading the novels of Dorothy K Morris lies in the discovery or re-discovery of the stains slavery placed on the development of this country. We will never repair the past but it seems that the growth of a still nascent country is now more mature. For the interest of those just beginning Morris' American epic, the order of the books is as follows: 1 Sins of the Mother, 2 Coyotes of Creek Crossing, 3 The Eighth Evil, 4 The Time In Between, 5 prequel Dirty Rice, 6 Tally's Nook. Grady Harp, September 14
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