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‘Island Queen’ By Vanessa Riley


December 2, 2021

We begin and end in the same time frame, with an entire lifetime in between. “Island Queen” is an extraordinary historical novel based on the amazing real-life Dorothy, a free woman of color who bought her freedom from slavery, rose above the abuse she’d faced, and became one of the wealthiest, most powerful landowners in the colonial West Indies.

Miss Dolly, as Dorothy was known, was always a force to be reckoned with. Facing oppression not just because of the color of her skin, but also as a woman, Miss Dolly defied the odds of the times. All of the trials and tribulations she faced...

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