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The unforgettable coming-of-age saga of one girl’s fight for her freedom, her country, and her heart… 1797: After a century of clarifying oppression, Ireland seethes on the brink of rebellion. It waits on one violent tremor—the execution of a seventeen-year-old girl. All Charlotte Dillon wants is to escape. When she slips her fate, she discovers her future lies in the hands The unforgettable coming-of-age saga of one girl’s fight for her freedom, her country, and her heart… 1797: After a century of clarifying oppression, Ireland seethes on the brink of rebellion. It waits on one violent tremor—the execution of a seventeen-year-old girl. All Charlotte Dillon wants is to escape. When she slips her fate, she discovers her future lies in the hands of James Blair, a sugar planter with deep ties to her enemies. Bound to James for seven years, Charlotte must find a way to conceal her true identity and crime, even as they set sail for the West Indies, even as they confront the limits of their endurance, even as they fall in love. Meanwhile, an ocean away, a rebellion is unfolding and a mystery unraveling that threaten the tender sweetness growing between them. And when the fight comes to her, Charlotte finds herself torn between her cause and her heart. Sweeping from Ireland’s bleeding battlefields to St. Croix’s burning sugarcane fields, Ground Sweet as Sugar is Book I in an epic saga of power, punishment, and undying love.


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The unforgettable coming-of-age saga of one girl’s fight for her freedom, her country, and her heart… 1797: After a century of clarifying oppression, Ireland seethes on the brink of rebellion. It waits on one violent tremor—the execution of a seventeen-year-old girl. All Charlotte Dillon wants is to escape. When she slips her fate, she discovers her future lies in the hands The unforgettable coming-of-age saga of one girl’s fight for her freedom, her country, and her heart… 1797: After a century of clarifying oppression, Ireland seethes on the brink of rebellion. It waits on one violent tremor—the execution of a seventeen-year-old girl. All Charlotte Dillon wants is to escape. When she slips her fate, she discovers her future lies in the hands of James Blair, a sugar planter with deep ties to her enemies. Bound to James for seven years, Charlotte must find a way to conceal her true identity and crime, even as they set sail for the West Indies, even as they confront the limits of their endurance, even as they fall in love. Meanwhile, an ocean away, a rebellion is unfolding and a mystery unraveling that threaten the tender sweetness growing between them. And when the fight comes to her, Charlotte finds herself torn between her cause and her heart. Sweeping from Ireland’s bleeding battlefields to St. Croix’s burning sugarcane fields, Ground Sweet as Sugar is Book I in an epic saga of power, punishment, and undying love.

32 review for Ground Sweet as Sugar

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eve (Between The Bookends)

    I am wavering between 3 stars or 4 for this one. There was a lot I loved, the setting, Charlotte, the side characters. However, I found the plot jumping between Ireland and the Caribbean, distracting at times. Especially through the middle portion of the book where we kept switching every page and a half. There were also a few chapters thrown in, and I don't know if I missed something or what, but I have NO idea who the characters speaking were, nor their point in the story. Perhaps it will be c I am wavering between 3 stars or 4 for this one. There was a lot I loved, the setting, Charlotte, the side characters. However, I found the plot jumping between Ireland and the Caribbean, distracting at times. Especially through the middle portion of the book where we kept switching every page and a half. There were also a few chapters thrown in, and I don't know if I missed something or what, but I have NO idea who the characters speaking were, nor their point in the story. Perhaps it will be cleared up in the second book. Lastly, I could not stand James! Which is unfortunate since it looks like he is the "hero" of the book. 😂 I just found him weak, wish washy, whiny, and quite frankly...mean! Charlotte deserves someone like the Spanish pirate, I vote for him! 😂 Side Note: While I was expecting this to have "romance" in it, I wasn't expecting it to resemble a bodice ripping ZEBRA HISTORICAL ROMANCE that I devoured by the hundreds as a teen! Not a plus or minus towards my rating, just an observation! **ARV Via NetGalley**

  2. 5 out of 5

    KarenK

    I received this from Netgalley.com. "1797: Sweeping from Ireland’s bleeding battlefields to St. Croix’s burning sugarcane fields, Ground Sweet as Sugar is Book I in an epic saga of power, punishment, and undying love." Mostly, I liked the setting in the Caribbean. There's just something that makes an appealing story featuring good hearted pirates, rum and sugar plantation owners. But, I would have liked to read more about the history aspect vs all the bodice ripping. 2.75☆ I received this from Netgalley.com. "1797: Sweeping from Ireland’s bleeding battlefields to St. Croix’s burning sugarcane fields, Ground Sweet as Sugar is Book I in an epic saga of power, punishment, and undying love." Mostly, I liked the setting in the Caribbean. There's just something that makes an appealing story featuring good hearted pirates, rum and sugar plantation owners. But, I would have liked to read more about the history aspect vs all the bodice ripping. 2.75☆

  3. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    I received an Arc of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and have not been swayed in any way. Before I get into the story I need to mention all the extra content that truly helped me enjoy this story. The book comes with multiple maps as well as a glossary of historical terms used, and each chapter began with an Irish proverb, this was a fantastic touch, with my favourite being “you’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your I received an Arc of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and have not been swayed in any way. Before I get into the story I need to mention all the extra content that truly helped me enjoy this story. The book comes with multiple maps as well as a glossary of historical terms used, and each chapter began with an Irish proverb, this was a fantastic touch, with my favourite being “you’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind” Ground Sweet As Sugar follows Charlotte who is not only a rebels daughter but also a young woman awaiting the gallows for murder. Charlotte willing to do anything to avoid her execution travels as an indentured labourer to St. Croix. Charlotte’s Master James Blair is infatuated with her leads him to make increasingly bad choices. Meanwhile in Ireland, The Troubles have well and truly kicked off. We follow a gang of Irish rebels fighting to take Ireland back and dealing with the infiltration of spies. These two storyline entwine beautifully, impacting Charlotte and James long after they’ve left Ireland. The will they won’t they, sexual tension of Charlotte and James relationship was keeping me on the edge of my seat. As another reviewer pointed out, the Point of View switches, which often happened in the next paragraph were confusing and could’ve used some more indicators that that was happening instead of finding out a couple of sentences in that we were in James perspective, was the only major issue I had with this book. I give this book 4.25 stars and I plan on picking up the second book soon.

  4. 5 out of 5

    MJ

    Ground Sweet as Sugar is a sweeping coming of age saga that I thoroughly enjoyed. Catherine C. Heywood tells the story of one Charlotte Dillon and her struggle to find a life worth living. Late 1700's Ireland is at the forefront as she is suddenly an orphan who is accused of murder and sent to prison. Not quite the life she had envisioned but is clearly the start of an adventure she never saw coming! Due to some help on the 'inside' Charlotte is thrust into a new existence on a ship to St. Croix. Ground Sweet as Sugar is a sweeping coming of age saga that I thoroughly enjoyed. Catherine C. Heywood tells the story of one Charlotte Dillon and her struggle to find a life worth living. Late 1700's Ireland is at the forefront as she is suddenly an orphan who is accused of murder and sent to prison. Not quite the life she had envisioned but is clearly the start of an adventure she never saw coming! Due to some help on the 'inside' Charlotte is thrust into a new existence on a ship to St. Croix. In the meantime, we are still kept abreast of the uprisings in Ireland between that age-old conflict between Catholics and Protestants as Heywood goes back and forth between Charlotte's new life and the one she left behind. There are a number of wonderful characters who both hurt and help Charlotte with one James Blair, a sugar planter, stirring feelings in her that she doesn't know what to do with. In addition, the wonderful Shea is also enamored with Charlotte and it is anyone's guess who she might choose or if the world and her part in both the rebellions here and back in Ireland will cast her fate. This entire story from start to finish held me captive and although some of the language was a bit hard to follow (even with a glossary at the very beginning, which I appreciated) I was completely caught up in everything that happens with Charlotte. Whether it was her shame at why she was imprisoned or the way she took to be a sugar cane worker like her life hadn't been charmed previously, Charlotte touched something in me and I'm beyond anxious as to what will happen next after one heck of an explosive ending. The next part of this saga can't come soon enough for this reader and I'm thrilled I gave this book a try. It's my first from Catherine Heywood and from the quaint cover to the intense journey within the pages inside, Ground Sweet as Sugar is a must-read and deserves 5 solid stars!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vikki Vaught

    Thanks go to the publisher and Net-Galley for the electronic copy of Ground Sweet as Sugar by Catherine Heywood. I voluntarily agreed to read and review this novel. My opinions are my own, and nothing has influenced my rating of this book. In the opening scene of Ground Sweet as Sugar, a seventeen-year-old girl is living through the night before her death as a traitor. Circumstances gives her the chance to escape her punishment, and she becomes a bond servant to a West Indies planter. The action Thanks go to the publisher and Net-Galley for the electronic copy of Ground Sweet as Sugar by Catherine Heywood. I voluntarily agreed to read and review this novel. My opinions are my own, and nothing has influenced my rating of this book. In the opening scene of Ground Sweet as Sugar, a seventeen-year-old girl is living through the night before her death as a traitor. Circumstances gives her the chance to escape her punishment, and she becomes a bond servant to a West Indies planter. The action in this novel kept me engaged throughout the story, and I enjoyed that aspect of this adventurous tale. There were times I was pulled from the story because the author refers to the characters as the planter, the bond servant, the pirate, and that separated me from them. Once a reader knows who’s POV that is narrating, it would be less intrusive for the author to use a pronoun instead. This kept their POVs from becoming as deep as I prefer, so this influenced my rating. Charlotte Dillon is the heroine of this tale, and she certainly manages to get into a lot of trouble. Her journey is quite a rollercoaster ride, but she’s gutsy and determined, making her an interesting heroine. While I didn’t like some of Charlotte’s decisions, I did enjoy her character. She has several relationships with other male characters, and since this book ends on a cliff hanger, I’m not sure where those relationships are going. I found the Irish rebellion history in this novel fascination, and Ms. Heywood has certainly done her research. This is an intricate part of the plot, so that that’s an important aspect. I also enjoyed the descriptive writing. At times, I became part of the scenes, which is always a benefit. If you enjoy historical novels with plenty of suspense and adventure, then Ground Sweet as Sugar will be an exciting reading experience for you. While there’s much to enjoy in this tale, I don’t plan to read the sequel. Happy reading!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    Ground Sweet as Sugar is the first book in a series. In 1797 Charlotte Dillon is set to be hanged for the murder of an upper class boy. She is sympathetic to the Irish Rebellion and the prosecutors believe that to be the reason behind the murder. The day before her execution, a man comes to the gaol to purchase indentured servants to sail to St Croix. He is looking for women jailed for being whores. Women that know who Charlotte is, push her into the line and the man buys her and puts her on the Ground Sweet as Sugar is the first book in a series. In 1797 Charlotte Dillon is set to be hanged for the murder of an upper class boy. She is sympathetic to the Irish Rebellion and the prosecutors believe that to be the reason behind the murder. The day before her execution, a man comes to the gaol to purchase indentured servants to sail to St Croix. He is looking for women jailed for being whores. Women that know who Charlotte is, push her into the line and the man buys her and puts her on the ship. She soon finds herself in servitude on the island of St Croix. This book is not dual timeline, but it is dual place as it mostly tells about Charlotte and her life in St. Croix, but it also continues to keep us abreast of the events in Ireland and the ongoing rebellion. Thank you #NetGalley for allowing me to review this enjoyable book and and give my honest opinion. #GroundSweetasSugar.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hallie Sawyer

    Wow. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It's set in late 1700s West Indies and follows the main character, Charlotte Dillon, daughter of an Irish rebel. She is introduced as a murderer and finds a way to escape the gallows by serving in a brothel in St. Croix. She ends up catching the eye of a local sugar planter and ends up serving as an indentured servant on his plantation. Things get complicated as the sugar planter, the plantation driver, and other plantation owners are taken with her, all for Wow. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It's set in late 1700s West Indies and follows the main character, Charlotte Dillon, daughter of an Irish rebel. She is introduced as a murderer and finds a way to escape the gallows by serving in a brothel in St. Croix. She ends up catching the eye of a local sugar planter and ends up serving as an indentured servant on his plantation. Things get complicated as the sugar planter, the plantation driver, and other plantation owners are taken with her, all for very different reasons. Charlotte fights against her own feelings while also trying to secure a place in the world where she doesn't have to answer to anyone but herself. She's an admirable character and you'll find yourself cheering for her as she endures challenge after challenge. This is one of a two-book series and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one to see how Charlotte's story plays out. I received this from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    A.R. Hadley

    Three things come without asking: fear, jealousy, and love. — Irish Proverb Ground Sweet as Sugar is a sweeping, epic, page turning adventure that I could not put down. Every imaginable element fills its delectable pages: suspense, romance, friendship, loyalty, adventure. Politics. Speaking of... Kate somehow manages to gently coax the reader to sympathize with both sides! Not only did I find myself rooting for those on each side of the issues presented therein, but my heart broke for those invol Three things come without asking: fear, jealousy, and love. — Irish Proverb Ground Sweet as Sugar is a sweeping, epic, page turning adventure that I could not put down. Every imaginable element fills its delectable pages: suspense, romance, friendship, loyalty, adventure. Politics. Speaking of... Kate somehow manages to gently coax the reader to sympathize with both sides! Not only did I find myself rooting for those on each side of the issues presented therein, but my heart broke for those involved as well. The descriptions are mesmerizing. The characters layered. The writing style one of a kind. I loved it, Kate! Bravo! Can’t wait for Part II!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Heywood

    If you love sweeping historicals like The Bronze Horseman or Outlander, a story rich in history and romance, mystery and adventure, then this is the story for YOU! Set in Ireland and the West Indies at the dawn of the 19th century, Ground Sweet as Sugar follows plucky seventeen-year-old Charlotte Dillon from a prison cell to a sugarcane plantation, from brothels to pirate ships. A pawn to some and precious to others, she is swept up in a world in revolt and must find a way to endure even as she h If you love sweeping historicals like The Bronze Horseman or Outlander, a story rich in history and romance, mystery and adventure, then this is the story for YOU! Set in Ireland and the West Indies at the dawn of the 19th century, Ground Sweet as Sugar follows plucky seventeen-year-old Charlotte Dillon from a prison cell to a sugarcane plantation, from brothels to pirate ships. A pawn to some and precious to others, she is swept up in a world in revolt and must find a way to endure even as she hides her true identity from the man who holds her fate in his hands, the man she is falling for, the man with deep ties to her enemies. Nuns and whores, aristocrats and thieves, pirates and rebels, mercenaries and conjurers, it is an epic cast of characters for an epic story told in two books. The conclusion—The Virtues of Vice—to be released two months following this release. Ground Sweet as Sugar is your next great romantic adventure!

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