By: Debbie Zello
Behind the Manor Door Lies the Reckoning, is a highly suspenseful historical romance from the heyday of slavery in America. It’s the story of a fiery young woman from Boston, Permelia Shaw, who loses the love of her life and goes south to forget about him, only to be swept up in a new romance in Virginia.
Though she is an abolitionist, she thinks she can enjoy a life of wealth and leisure in this society built on bondage as long as she remains true to her conscience and treats the slaves as fellow human beings. That’s not easy to do in 1830’s Virginia, but she defies the norms and builds rapport with a few slaves.
Montgomery Randall is a British slave-trader who escaped from England to avoid the abolition of slavery. He resumes his lifestyle in the rich farmland of slaveholding Virginia. This puts him within the orbit of the Nor’easter, Meli.
Will Virginia society and the slave-trader who lusts for her accept her flouting of their way of life or will they break her will?