Review: Receive Me Falling

I was reading author Ericka Robuck’s website and was surprised to learn that she is revising parts of this novel and might be republishing soon. 

From author’s website: Erika Robuck is an historical fiction writer. Her first novel, Receive Me Falling, was released in March of 2009. She is currently at work on a novel set in depression-era Key West in the home of Ernest Hemingway. Erika has a keen interest in all things historical, and spends her time reading, writing, researching for her writing, and visiting local, national, and international historic sites.

Be sure to check out Erika’s blog.

Synopsis: Every slave story is a ghost story. The haunting words of an historian and former cane worker on the Caribbean island of Nevis launch Meghan Owen on her quest to unlock the secrets of an abandoned sugar plantation and its ghosts.

After Meg's parents die in a car accident on the night of her engagement party, she calls off her wedding, takes leave of her job in Annapolis, and travels to land she's inherited on Nevis. A series of discoveries in an old plantation house on the property, Eden, set her on a search for the truth surrounding the shameful past of her ancestors, their slaves, and the tragedy that resulted in the fall of the plantation and its inhabitants. 

Through a crushing phone call with her lawyer, Meg learns that her father's estate was built on stolen money, and is being sued by multiple sources. She is faced with having to sell the land and plantation home, and deal with the betrayal she feels from her deceased father.

In alternating chapters, the historical drama of the Dall family unfolds. Upon the arrival of British abolitionists to the hedonistic 19th century plantation society, Catherine Dall is forced to choose between her lifestyle and the scandal of deserting her family. An angry confrontation with Catherine's slave, Leah, results in the girl's death, but was it murder or suicide?

Hidden texts, scandalous diaries, antique paintings, and confessional letters help Meghan Owen uncover the secrets of Eden and put the ghosts to rest.

Type: Historical Fiction, 280 pages, Trade paperback

Quick Take: Everyone who reads this story seems to love it and I’m not about to be the exception. I really enjoyed this novel and how it moved forward and backward in time. It was a joy to read, a compelling story with an unexpected ending. I recommend this one!

Source: Bostick Communications and Erika Robuck