Being born and raised in Maracaibo-Venezuela, a Caribbean pirates’ hideout spot, I was very excited to review Glimpse of Sunlight by Leona DeRosa Bodie & G.E. Gardiner, and I was not disappointed!
The story begins in current times when Donovan, a college student gets in contact with Kyle, his old professor, now treasure hunter. Donovan ends up flying to Jamaica and takes a summer job offered by Henry, Kyle’s treasure hunt sponsor, at a tourist spot in Jamaica, an old house which is believed to be haunted. During his stay at the house he will uncover the history behind a sunken treasure to which claim is being disputed through the stories shared by Kyle and Henry. He will also discover that there is much to explore in the old Dickinson house.
Although the book begins in current times, the real adventure is not the actual treasure hunt, but the story of the Seydou-Dickinson feud which took place hundreds of years in the past. The adventure begins when Oumar is taken from his home in Africa by seventeenth century slave market hunters, to be sold in Jamaica when he was just 10 years old. Parallel to this in Ireland, a young girl and her mother, Blair, are sold as slaves to pay a debt and also sent to Jamaica. Unfortunately, Blair’s mother perishes before arriving. Upon arrival, she catches Jonathan Dickinson’s eye, then just a young boy. Destiny will connect these people to transcend time.
Bodie and Gardiner do an amazing job presenting such a rich plot, as it flows wonderfully from the present to past; and from one character’s story to the other. Their descriptions are so vivid they painted pictures in my mind, taking me into the setting by lighting all of my senses. The characters are as colorful and real as the places they lived. The action kept me turning page after page, not wanting to put it down!
Overall, Glimpse of Sunlight is a well written historical fiction adventure about pirates, treasures, slaves, and everything else that made the seventeenth century Caribbean colorful, beautiful and at the same time scary. A great read!
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