Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly
The final installment of the Ferriday/Woolsey trilogy. This book follows George Woolsey, an abolitionist, Jemma, an enslaved girl, and Anne May, Jemma’s owner. The book is set throughout the years of the Civil War. Their stories intertwine with one another throughout the book. The characters are all very realistic and you feel like you really are a part of their lives.
I was so thrilled when I got an ARC of this book. I have read her other two books in this series and was so excited to learn there was another one in the series. I really didn’t think I would get an ARC of this book, so basically when I did, I read it right away. Her characters really do come alive. I found myself hating characters and wishing things upon them, but at the same time loving characters and looking forward to their character growth.
Martha Hall Kelly is an amazing writer and I can’t wait to see what she writes next. I am so sad this trilogy is over. I would love to read another book about the Woolsey sisters because Kelly has made them seem so interesting and amazing. I really wish Jemma was a real person because she sounds amazing as well and I wish someone else’s story had ended like hers in real life. If anyone deserved anything and everything it was her.
It is clear this book was well researched and Kelly did her homework on the Civil War and the treatment of slaves. I also thought it was interesting to set the plantation and the slavery in Maryland since it was a border state and didn’t actually leave the Union. Very well done book and highly recommended. I will definitely be buying this book when it comes out to finish my collection.
Thank you NetGalley, Martha Hall Kelly and Random House Publishing for the ARC in an exchange for an honest review.