I have always been an Alice Hoffman fan and have been anxiously awaiting this new release. Her earlier works were my favorites, whimsical and plaintive on so many levels. Her writing has definitely evolved and The Dovekeepers was a huge success.
In this new novel, Hoffman finds inspiration for her particular brand of magical realism in the Caribbean island of St. Thomas and the personal history of a nonfictional woman named Rachel Pomié, who lived on the colony in the 19th century.
Rachel begins the story as the headstrong daughter of a French merchant, whose Jewish ancestors came to the New World in pursuit of religious freedom and found refuge under the protection of the King of Denmark, a champion of civil rights who also outlawed slavery on the island.