June 2011 / 9780425241042
by Barbara Buhrer
Lola Blaine, a gypsy, was kidnapped and brutally molested in London
at the age of 10. Later she was sentenced to 7 years as an indentured
servant and then was sent to America. When the ship landed she was
was transported to a rice plantation in the South where she was
treated brutally. She managed to escape North, to Providence, a
pirate's haven. There she worked as a prostitute until she captured
the attention of Blackbeard, the pirate. She became Blackbeard's
13th wife. She rubs elbows with Annie Bonny, the only female pirate.
She struggles in the pirate world to escape the fate of Blackbeard's
previous wives, and to escape the life she doesn't want to lead.
This is an exciting tale about the world of pirates in the 1700's.
It is a first person narrative, telling the story of a woman's survival
in the seamy world of London and the New World in the 1700's. It
is well written with great detail of historical fact. There is lots
of violence, rape, child abuse, torture, and beatings, but none
of it is graphically described.