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Vanessa Riley

Island Queen

A remarkable, sweeping historical novel based on the incredible true life story of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free woman of color who rose from slavery to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful landowners in the colonial West Indies.

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GMA BUzz Pick of Island QueenIndie Next pick for July 2021Booklist Starred Review of the Audio Island selected for Delilah Bookclub 


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New York Times Book Review - "Island Queen provides an incisive interior view of some of the thorniest aspects of West Indian colonial culture. Evocative and immersive, Riley's narrative bears that weight with grace; discovering Dorothy's story is a singular pleasure."


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Island Queen has been optioned for an adaptation to Television by Longboat Pictures with Julie Anne Robinson, Adjoa Andoh, and Victoria Fea as executive producers.


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Order - A Duke, The Spy, An Artist and A Lie

For adventurous heiress Cecilia Charity Thomas, marrying charming military lieutenant Viscount Gantry to save him from danger--and herself from mercenary suitors--was a painful mistake. When the lies, misunderstanding, and meddlers are pushed aside, can Gantry and Cecilia have a second chance at Love . . .

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A Duke, The Lady, and A Baby has been reviewed in the New York Times, NPR, Publisher Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, and more.

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