Mary (Hilton Head Island SC)
Good, But Lacking in Depth
Cezair-Thompson has done what many new authors do - she has tried to include too many story lines and historical facts in one work. While I enjoyed parts of the book such as some of the word pictures, most of the story was choppy and hard to follow. I question some of the time lines she used in relation to actual world events and happenings. Some events appeared unrelated to the setting of the story.
An interesting concept and idea not executed to its fullest potential.
Jennifer (Tucson AZ)
Couldn't put it down
I am an avid Errol Flynn fan, Captain Blood is one of my all time favorite movies, so I just devoured this book. I loved the descriptions of Jamaica and the relationships between the mothers and daughters. Overall, I couldn't wait to come home each night and have this book waiting for me to dive into. The plot is compelling and the backdrop of Jamaica was beautifully described. I think you will really enjoy this juicy, engaging novel.
Melissa (McKees Rocks PA)
Dis a Good-Good Book
It is absolutely amazing how Margaret Cezair-Thompson captures the smells, sights and sounds of Jamaica!! I wanted to hop on a plane and time travel to the pre-war era on the island.
The novel was suspenseful and chock full of history not only of the island, but of philandering swashbuckler, Errol Flynn, whom prior to this novel I knew absolutely nothing about him. Now I want to rent his movies!
The characters became such three dimensional figures at the hand of Cezair-Thompson. I loved May’s strength in such personal turmoil and in dealing with the turmoil of her country, during an era of war and drugs. And the reality of her situation and her choices.
Cezair-Thompson vividly shows the picture of poverty, not as I know it in the U.S., but in countries where there is such a vast difference between the classes; the richest and poorest living in such close proximity.
The literary references to Treasure Island not only authenticated (for me) the adventure story of The Pirate’s Daughter, but impelled me to pull out my leather-bound copy and reread the classic!
Vicky (Cumming GA)
A Delightful Surprise
I selected this book because I was intrigued by the main character, Errol Flynn. Surprisingly, there are several main characters, each one having their own story to tell involving hardship, romance and civil unrest. While I thought the story lagged a bit in the middle, I stuck with it and became totally (delightfully) engrossed until the end. Kick back, relax and with the author's wonderful ability to describe Jamaica, feel the breeze on your face.
Deborah (Chambersburg PA)
Family and Identity
An imaginative, touching book about love, the longing for family, and the search for identity. Both Ida and May are caught among racial identities (African, Chinese, Caucasian) in the changing Jamaica of the 1960s and beyond. The author portrays perfectly the prickly relationship between mother and daughter, especially Ida's need to protect May. Cezair-Thompson writes beautifully, and she clearly has a mastery of Jamaican dialect and customs. I highly recommend this wonderful novel.
Sue (Richardson TX)
An Engrossing Read
Combining the sultry, yet exciting, atmosphere of Jamaica with the glamor of “Old Hollywood”, this novel evokes feelings that are both unsettling and nostalgic. The characters are as rich and varied as the setting, and in their search for themselves, the women, especially, come to life - you will remember May and Ida long after the book is finished. Both of them, coming of age a generation apart, weave relationships and intrigues that will fascinate the reader.
Colleen (Lakewood CO)
The Pirate's Daughter
The Pirate's Daughter is a wonderful, original story. The characters have depth and weight and I found that I could not put the book down. I wanted everything to work out for Ida and May and for all the people of Jamaica. I liked the way the story was written, the changes in both women paralleling the changes in Jamaica's government. I would recommend this book and look forward to other books by this author.