QUEEN OF HELL
BY DANAE L. SAMMS
Publication Date: November 9, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 446 pages
Series: Persephone, Book One
Genre: Historical Fiction
1765. Persephone Nicholas has lived her twenty years with a father she cannot stand. Secluded on their plantation, Persephone feels she has a life destined for spinsterhood. “Life is Heaven for men and Hell for women” is her mantra. But on a visit to her cousin’s wedding, she meets young Mr. Elijah Parker. Opportunities show that things can be much sweeter, and Persephone begins to question her thoughts on life. As the world continues to throw her hardships and struggle, Persephone chooses to fight and master the life she’s been handed to become Queen of the Hell she living in.
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Life has not treated Persephone Nicholas all that well. Her mother and siblings have all died, leaving her with an abusive father on their tobacco plantation in 1765. At twenty years old, Persephone has conceded to a life of spinsterhood, In a rare chance to escape her father, Persephone is invited to her cousin's plantation for a wedding. There, she meets Elijah Parker who shows Persephone that things can be better. However, Elijah is a competitor to her father's tobacco plantation and before Elijah and Persephone can get together, Persephone is locked away and Persephone is married off to her father's friend, Abe Savidge. Mr. Savidge has been through several wives who have all mysteriously died after not producing an heir. Persephone is determined to not let this happen to her and holds out hope of returning to Elijah.
Queen of Hell combines elements from mythology and historical fiction into a dramatic story that builds a strong woman hell bent on revenge. The phrase "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" applies heavily to Persephone. She believes "life is Heaven for men and Hell for women" as she is constantly at the mercy of men's whims. Persephone finds hope in the little things that bring her joy and finds strength in learning about herbs from her maid, Abigail and learning about how to properly run a plantation from Abe's library. I enjoyed seeing Persephone rise up with the help of her lawyer, William Newberry, who believed in her. It was interesting to see how her strength was tarnished by her past abuse and trials. The effects of a woman scorned were very apparent in her actions. I was surprised that after being treated as a piece of property that Persephone wasn't more sympathetic to her slaves and granting them freedom. I am very interested to see what Persephone does with her newfound situation in the future.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
Danae L. Samms has always been a creator. Loving books, television, and being outside fueled her imagination. Her writing began when she was four with her first play, and continued to grow to a degree in journalism. Finding newspapers terrible and websites tolerable, she paid the bills as a freelance writer. Eventually, her creativity produced a novel and a thousand ideas waiting to become novels. Regularly, she keeps up with a blog of Unqualified Advice on Writing and Everything Else. The only thing she’s been doing longer than writing is horseback riding. While horse shoes were never her forte, Danae has spent plenty of time riding and training. Most of that is with her horse Maggie.
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