I did not enjoy this book very much. It is well written, and it follows the story of a woman born into slavery in Jamaica and focuses on the Baptist War and the beginning of freedom for slaves on that island. The woman in the story, July, gives insight into island life for slaves at this time, and does a good job of showing the relationships between different classes of people at the time.
The problem I have with the story is that it's told through the eyes of the woman in the form of a narrator writing a story (in this case, July, who is writing the story at the behest of her long-lost son who has become successful and has found her). While writing the story, she breaks from the narrative to speak with the reader, and I found it distracting and annoying.