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Summary

Eugenie Bearhani (1760-1835) was born in Calcutta, raised in Haiti, and brought as a servant - a free woman of color - to America by an English officer on the eve of the American Revolution. Yet none of that prepared Eugenie for her next employer: Colonel Aaron Burr, a man some whispered had made a pact with the devil.

The lines between master and servant soon tangle and blur, and first attraction becomes dangerous obsession. Many historians deny she even existed, but Eugenie and the children she bore to Burr were very real - and so was her little-known marriage to America's first true villain.

©2019 Susan Holloway Scott (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Jennifer Baker
  • 15-09-20

Read it instead.

This book is told in the 1st person as a slave of color with some degree of Stockholm syndrome. In audible, it is narrated by an English white woman which I felt often awkward and at times condescending. She has a friend at one point in the book whom is a black (in house) slave named Tom. So I thought to myself, probably not the best choice of names on the authors behalf but then also being read with the casual flippancy of a white english woman made me cringe. There were a lot of faux pas like this. The day after I finished the book my husband asked if I was going to give it a good review and at first I said no but then he made a good point. Good or bad I read the whole book in 2 days and talked about it sporadically to at least 6 people. So I gave it 4 stars for (1) stirring deep conversation, (2) making me want to research facts and information (3) a good story (that should be read as opposed to audible so u hear it in the right accents and dialects) and (4) I thought the author wrote a very good afterword.

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  • Aviation enthusiast
  • 09-11-19

Quite a story!

A vivid novel based on the life of a Indian/British girl sold into slavery in India and the twists and turns her life takes until she winds up the property of Theodosia, the soon to be wife of American politician, Aaron Burr. This is a textured tale of the birth of a nation that is full of the contradictions and ambiguities of class, gender and race discrimination. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Susan Halloway Scott has done an excellent job. The narrator keeps the story on pace and alive.

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  • Mary Smiroldo
  • 07-03-21

Aaron Burr

I did not know much of the history of Arron Burr, and am not sure I know much more of his actual life after listening to this novel. I enjoy the historical fiction genre, but always hope for more history than fiction. It was, however, an enjoyable book, and I listened attentively. I will definitely read more about Arron Burrs life. I had hoped for more information about his relationships with his contemporaries like Hamilton, Adams, Washington, and Arnold, instead of his personal, family relationships.
I was further disappointed in the narrator. Her voice was pleasant enough, if not a bit too dogmatic, but she had no accent whatsoever, as would be expected from an Indian/Negro slave. She spoke more like a New Yorker! I would still recommend this book, but with little expectation of an accurate history.

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  • Tiffany R.
  • 12-02-21

mediocre

Overall, this book left a lot to be desired. I thought the pacing at some parts was rushed and a little awkward. It was really an infuriating listen, which isn't the fault of the author as it's based on real events. Aaron Burr was a classic narcissist and abuser. The narration was frustrating, as the voices did not fit any of the people correctly which made it difficult to visualize. She also made every character sound extremely pompous at all times. It was a pretty good history lesson and a good listen in order to understand the tragic difficulties and abuse of slaves and the shady happenings of the Burr family.

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  • Donetta A McQueen
  • 28-01-21

Interesting story

Interesting story, I enjoyed listening to it. I am very happy to hear that Mary and her children's life ended exceptionally well. Especially after the miss treatment and disrespect she endured.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-07-20

slow start but excellent

loved it! slow to start but stick with it! great narrator as well! worth the listen.

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  • Jan Campanaro
  • 10-12-19

The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr

As it was Audible I resented the way readers made Mary sound VERY unthankful. I enjoyed the history true or imagined of Burr and Hamilton

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  • Etoile NEOhio
  • 29-05-22

Difficult subject matter

This is the difficult story of the Tamil woman who was enslaved, eventually ending up the property of Aaron Burr's wife, serving in his household, She bore him a daughter and his only surviving son. The journey from being a child in India to being the secret Mrs Burr is imagined in this piece of excellently written historical fiction. There are mere scraps of fact to go on, but the richness with which the author draws our protagonist brings her life, her struggles, and her will to survive to life in painful, poignant, and thoughtful ways. Not an easy book to read emotionally, but well worth the journey.

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  • debra
  • 03-04-22

not very interesting

narration was okay. the story dragged out in several places . I'm not sure I will want to read any other books by this author

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-21

Story Good Narrator Not

Historical fiction is exceptional here in this book. So I can say that it is a good book. However, the narrator’s reading was just that-reading. She didn’t act the characters. She had a continual derision to her voice creating this resentful feeling. Didn’t like it, was too harsh sounding.

And, the word ‘primer’ has a short i sound and means reading book. ‘Primer’ as she pronounced it with a long i is for painting like in prime the walls. A narrator should have known this.