Reviews for Jessamine
From APOOO Literary Book Reviews
The riveting storylines, well-defined characters, realistic drama and
the excellent balance between the past and present makes for a
I recommend this book to readers looking for a
delightful adventure romance along with historical backdrop blended with
mystery and a hint of the paranormal.
From RAW Sistaz Reviewers
I truly enjoyed reading JESSAMINE. Ms. O'Neal's eloquent, vivid
descriptions of the characters and the Caribbean made this story such a
pleasure to read. The transitioning of the past to the present of
Arabella to Grace was effortless. Although both were great characters, I
found myself more engrossed with Arabella's story. The gripping
historical moments was the backdrop for JESSAMINE which held me captive
to the end of the story.
Reviews for Dido's Prize
From RT Book Reviews
O'Neal pens an exciting, fast-paced story with runaway slaves, swashbuckling pirates and a slave uprising. The main protagonists have a wonderful chemistry, and the supporting characters are well thought out.
From The Romance Readers Connection
Ms. O'Neal's portrait of love on the seas during slavery times has a lot of action packed between the pages. Dido plans for freedom were suddenly changed and it all began because she felt she had been cheated. That strong urge led her to meet the man that not only helped her get free, but captured her heart as well. This is truly a romantic story of following one's mind and heart.
From The Jamaica Gleaner
Dido's Prize is an entertaining historical romance novel about a young female
slave on a plantation in Jamaica in the 17th century. She runs away from the
plantation and, disguised as a young man, joins Henry Morgan's fleet.
The tale begins with high drama. Dido, the young woman, is assaulted by a
group of men, two whites and a black, as she walks down an alley off King
Street. Dido, with the fine, smooth skin of the Yoruba and eyes big like a
child's, holds herself "like a finely cracked vessel afraid of breaking." She
was "closed to men" because she had been abused by the slave-owner from the time
she was eight years old.
But just when the men would have their way with her, she is rescued by the
elegantly attired pirate captain, El Negro. He is a handsome man who is as black
as coal and who sails the seas as a free man in the 17th century seeking
treasure with the Brethren of the Coast.
Dido's desire is to buy her own freedom and find a way to buy her family's
freedom as well. With this in mind she has been saving her money to pay Missus
Sarah, her owner, an agreed price. But Missus Sarah goes back on her word and
confiscates the money Dido has been saving.
Dido is upset and shortly after the incident she learns that Old Philippa, an
elderly slave beloved by the other slaves on the Beeston's Estate property, had
been taken from the estate and left in Port Royal to live off the streets. Two
young children of another female slave, Duchess, had also been taken from their
mother. The new information upsets her even more and she impulsively decides to
run away from Beeston's Estate.
Dido escapes from the plantation and, disguised as a boy, enrolls herself as
Domingo Freeman on the ship Fortune's Gift.
At this point, the drama begins to unfold, because the captain of the ship is
none other than El Negro, the pirate who had rescued her some months earlier.
How will Dido manage on a ship where there are 60 or so men on-board? Will
anyone realise that she is female?
The mix of action and romance, suffering and joy, bravery and cowardice, pain
and happiness makes Dido's Prize an interesting read.
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Reviews for Just an Affair
From RT Book Reviews
If one is looking for an outstanding, perfectly paced story, with well-written and well-defined characters, then JUST AN AFFAIR is the perfect book.
We meet Caryl Walker, captain of a luxury "yacht-for-hire," near the picturesque British Virgin Islands. Her crew is comprised of husband and wife Noel and Patty Richardson. When good-looking and extremely confident Joshua Tain boards the ship, Caryl goes on full alert. After her disastrous affair with a married attorney caused her to give up practicing law in New York, the last thing she wants is to find herself in a similar situation...
From RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
Using the Virgin Islands as its backdrop, JUST AN AFFAIR is a love story about
putting it all back together after being hurt and humiliated. Caryl Walker is an
attorney turned sea captain trying to escape the trauma of an affair gone bad
with a married man. Having put that relationship behind her and vowing herself
to a year of celibacy, Caryl's life takes an unexpected turn when she meets the
handsome and successful Joshua Tain just weeks before her year is up. Joshua is
in the Virgin Islands taking a much-needed break from the manipulative dealings
of a corporate raider trying to take over his company. His itinerary puts him on
the Elendil, a chartered boat on which Caryl is the captain. As she takes him on
a tour of the Islands, they become infatuated with each other, making her vow of
celibacy hard to continue...
Eugenia O'Neal has constructed an interesting tale of love about a
protagonist in a non-traditional role and she's managed to lace the novel with
some of the environmental and social concerns of the Virgin Islands. She's
created an interesting cast of well-developed characters, each contributing a
unique twist to the story. I enjoyed this well-rounded novel for its tender view
of love conquering all and making me aware of the societal issues prevalent in
many countries and not just my own neighborhood.