Hello all:) I am excited today because I am participating in a tour for the wonderful author Dorothy K Morris with her release Dirty Rice…this tour is sponsored by Virtual Bookworm Tours!
I will soon bring you a review of this title, so please look for it:)
Dorothy K Morris was born in Charleston, SC, a city herforefathers from England, France, New England and Barbados helped to establish in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She grew up in the Low-Country of South Carolina, steeped in the tradition and pain still felt from the residue of slavery, the Civil War and its aftermath. Much traveled, she adopted the West as her home and has remained for many years, living in Arizona, California and currently in South Central Washington. She lives on a small ranch in Kennewick. In addition to writing novels, Dorothy is an accomplished equestrienne and competition coach for Combined Training. She also schools horses and rides dressage. Morris enjoys genealogy and obtains many of the elements of her plots from her extensive family history. She is a member of National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, is listed in Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who of American Women.
Sample of book can be found at author website.
Publish date: November, 2012
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BEFORE KING COTTON THERE WAS AFRICAN RICE.
DIRTY RICE, a novel set in the early 18th Century in the Low-Country of the early South Carolina Colony, tells of love, passion, adventure and cruelty with totally believable characters. It is the first prequel to the four books of the Mockingbird Hill Series.
The early 18th Century saw vast expansion into the New World from England, the European Continent and from Africa, and the establishment of rice plantations in the coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia. Set against this background DIRTY RICE sweeps us away to a bygone era of adventure, romance and brutal reality.
This is the story of African rice and African people, their knowledge, expertise and their forced labor that made the Carolina Colony the wealthiest colony in colonial America. It takes us from the plush parlors of aristocratic English absentee land owners, who set policy in the Colony to maximize profit, to the swampy shores of Carolina amid the mud and muck of rice fields, where people kidnapped from West Africa because of their knowledge and expertise in the growing of rice, were forced to work to fill the coffers of the landowners with wealth. It is a story of exploitation by some and compassion from others. In this, as in her four previousnovels, Morris’ emphasis is on the people who lived and were forced to cope with what life sent their way. These characters will continue into the next novel, TALLY’S NOOK.
GET A SAMPLE OF DIRTY RICE HERE Dirty Rice Sample
I have had a chance to read Dirty Rice and found that it was a very informative, insightful read that deals with a very difficult time in history. The story flows smoothly, allowing the reader time to learn the various characters and these characters personalities and motives. I enjoyed how the author has taken a sensitive issue and not only gave the historically accepted version, but also went a little deeper into what the psyche of the individuals bound and placed into slavery may have been thinking and feeling, this story helped personalize and humanize those that were bound in this great American drama.