By Philippa Gregory
Bristol in 1787 is booming, a urban the place strength beckons those that dare to take dangers. Josiah Cole, a small dockside dealer, is ready to gamble every little thing to hitch the large gamers of town. yet he wishes capital and a well-connected spouse.
Marriage to Frances Scott is a collectively handy answer. buying and selling her social contacts for Josiah's safety, Frances reveals her existence and fortune depending on the decent exchange of sugar, rum, and slaves.
Into her new international comes Mehuru, as soon as a clergyman within the old African country of Yoruba, now a slave in England. From contrary ends of the earth, regardless of the variation in prestige, Mehuru and Frances confront one another and their want for romance and liberty.
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A Respectable Trade by Philippa Gregory