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- A More Perfect Union by Tammye Huf -































Published : 15th October 2020

Publisher : Myriad Publishing

Format : Kindle, Hardback

Genre : Historical Fiction

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Thank you Emma and Lauren @Myriad for this blog tour and interview opportunity.


Synopsis

Henry O'Toole sails to America to escape poverty and famine in Ireland, only to find anti-Irish prejudice awaiting him. Determined never to starve again, he changes his surname to Taylor and heads south to Virginia, where he can pick up work as a travelling blacksmith on the prosperous plantations.


Maple is a slave on Jubilee Plantation. Given to her half-sister as a wedding present by their father, she longs to return to her daughter and husband. When sassy house slave Sarah arrives, she sees her chance at last to be reunited with her own family.


Sarah has her own troubles. She has to learn to navigate the hierarchy of her fellow slaves as well as the power system of her new white masters, and now the mysterious blacksmith is promising her the world, and her freedom too.



An extract from the book:


๐˜๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ'๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ. "๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ'๐˜ด ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ๐˜ด", ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด. "๐˜‰๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ, ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜Ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜—๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜“๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ. ๐˜๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜บ ๐˜Ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜‘๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ". ๐˜๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฅ. "๐˜š๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ๐˜ด, ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ. ๐˜Ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ข ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ".

๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ.

"๐˜ˆ๐˜ญ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต, ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ. ๐˜๐˜ฎ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ. ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ."

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ. ๐˜ˆ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ. ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜‘๐˜ช๐˜ฎ ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ, "๐˜š๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ, ๐˜ด๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ต".

๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ "๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ".

๐˜ž๐˜ฆ'๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ. ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ. ๐˜๐˜ฆ'๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ'๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ.

๐˜๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ'๐˜ต ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ'๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ. ๐˜๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ'๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜‘๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต "๐˜๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ".

๐˜๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ'๐˜ต ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ'๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜—๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜“๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ.



My Review ๐Ÿ‘‘ BOOK OF THE MONTH PICK ๐Ÿ‘‘


The story starts in 1848 with Henry, struggling to survive in Ireland with his family during the potato famine. Knowing they won't survive the poverty in his home land a Situation occurs that leads Henry and his siblings to board a boat to America for a better life but once he arrives he soon realises that the Irish are not exactly welcome and that making a life for himself is going to be a lot harder then he imagined. Letting go of his Irish roots Henry changes his name and lands himself an apprentice position as a blacksmith but yet again he is put into an impossible situation and he ends up fleeing on his own with another mans cart and tools.


Sarah is sold to a plantation as a house slave. Miles away from her family she feels bereft and alone but the other slaves take her under their wing and unusually the master is not unkind and does not punish unjustly so under the watchful eye of Maple, the head house slave, Sarah settles in to her fate.


Maple has been house slave to Master Johnson and his wife for many years. She is the sister to the masters wife and had to follow her when she married the master leaving her husband, mother and daughter Rose back on her fathers plantation. She lives everyday knowing that her family she had to leave behind are ruled with an iron fist and swallows the bitter pill of serving her half sister daily.


When Sarah is sent onto a neighbouring property she happened to come across Henry on his cart looking for work. This one chance meeting will change their lives for ever.


Told over the above three narratives you get to know every character in depth and feel so strongly for the injustice of those times.

This book takes you deep into the horrors of the 19th century with all the injustice and pain that surrounded slavery. I do not want to give anything away with this one as it was absolutely amazing and I would urge everyone to pick it up and read it.

Also the beautiful cover means so much more when you have finished the story.


Why I Loved It

Why did I love it... well to answer that question I could literally be here all day!!

This book totally consumed me for the entire weekend and I could not put it down until I finished it and knew how it was gong to all come together. I found myself at times both angry and sad for the lives these characters were living and went on quite the google fest after I had finished to appease my thirst for more historical knowledge.


I loved the characters, loved how this entire story was based on the authors Great Great Grandparents and loved how Tammye's writing utterly draws you in and makes you feel like you are right there on the plantation. The description and detail to where the story is set really adds to the lives that you are reading about, making this a beautiful atmospheric read.


I was extremely lucky to have been asked by Myriad to interview Tammye Huf about her book. Click HERE to watch and learn all the glorious things that helped Tammye write such a powerful and moving story.


Rating

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Meet the author



Originally from the east and west coast of the USA, I have lived in the UK with my husband and three kids for the last twenty years.ย I love nothing more than to immerse myself into new places and experiences, and I love the way thatย books allow me to do that, travelling the globe orย even back in time with the turn of a page.


Since earning my BA from Wellesley College, I have been a teacher of various ages and abilities as well as a copywriter and a translator. I've had the pleasure of seeing my short stories published in several literary magazines and being named the third-place winner of the London Magazine Short Story Prize 2018. My debut novel, A More Perfect Union,ย will be published in October with Myriad Editions.ย 

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A huge thank you to Myriad for this beautiful bouquet of flowers that you sent as a thank you for my interview with Tammye.

I am ever grateful that you asked.












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