The Wedding Gift - Marlen Suyapa Bodden

The Wedding Gift

Author: Marlen Suyapa Bodden

  • Publication Date: 2013-09-24
  • Category: Historical
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 108 Ratings)


In 1852, when prestigious Alabama plantation owner Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa's hand in marriage, she takes with her a gift: Sarah—her slave and her half-sister. Raised by an educated mother, Clarissa is not the proper Southern belle she appears to be, with ambitions of loving whom she chooses. Sarah equally hides behind the façade of being a docile house slave as she plots to escape. Both women bring these tumultuous secrets and desires with them to their new home, igniting events that spiral into a tale beyond what you ever imagined possible. Told through the alternating viewpoints of Sarah and Theodora Allen, Cornelius' wife, Marlen Suyapa Bodden's The Wedding Gift is an intimate portrait of slavery and the 19th Century South that will leave readers breathless.


  • Phenomenal

    By Ultralife
    Read it in two days, great read.
  • An excellent book!

    By grandmaksw
    A good friend recommended this book and I am so glad that she did! While it was painful to read the horrors of slavery, the story was made interesting by revealing the depth of each character. I couldn't put it down - an easy read - and was shocked by the ending. Lots of twists and turns. Make sure that you read all the way to the last page. Looking forward to more works from this author.
  • Wedding Gift

    By SaunMar
    Loved it! I'm always intrigued by books about slavery. This one did not disappoint!
  • Wedding Gift

    By 50 mainly
    Good read, wish ending was different, but still a good read
  • The wedding gift

    By 10171slp
    Incredible read!! I was in awe. Had me on the edge of my seat. Praying Sarah would reach safety. The ending had me so surprised. What a book. A must read. Even though a novel I believe a great deal of the details of slavery and all the things that transpired around it to be of some truth.
  • The Wedding Gift

    By Pthelp
    Few books make me think beyond taking me out of my everyday life. The Wedding Gift is truly a gift to it's readers. You will not be dissapointed.