House of Rougeaux

House of Rougeaux

For Abeje and her brother Adunbi, home is the slave quarters of a Caribbean sugar plantation on the Antilles Island of Martinique. Under the watchful eye of their African mother, the children thrive despite what threatens to break them. After a night of brutality changes their lives forever, it is their strength and extraordinary bond that carries them through. At the dawn For Abeje and her brother Adunbi, home is the slave quarters of a Caribbean sugar plantation on the Antilles Island o...

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Title:House of Rougeaux
Author:Jenny Jaeckel
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1941203248
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:310 pages pages

House of Rougeaux Reviews

  • Dree
    Apr 15, 2018
    Jaeckel's novel looks at the Rougeaux family--a French-Canadian-Afro-Caribbean family. With roots coming from and the enslaved man Adunbe and his wife Olivie on the island of Martinique, his daughter Ayo is given to a woman on another plantation to raise after the death of his wife not...
  • SibylM
    Jan 03, 2018
    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher as part of a Goodreads Giveaway, and an honest review was request. The House of Rougeaux is a wonderful multi-generational family epic, following a family from slavery in Martinique to freedom and a multitude of stories and lives in Can...
  • Sharon
    Apr 14, 2018
    An unusual book in story and writing style, which is concise without overwhelming detail, and yet, there are nice details. The story moves along quickly, changing narrators in one family and the eras in which they lived. There is some "magic" woven throughout in that some of the family...
  • Homeschoolmama
    Feb 19, 2018
    I received this ARC just a about a week ago and found it to be an interesting read. Not great, not a page turner that kept me up all night, but it was good. I was intrigued by the description of the story on the back - a brother and sister, Adunbi and Abeje, are born into slavery on a ...
  • Janice
    Jan 17, 2018
    I won this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer's program. This is a well written novel that follows the generations of a family from the island of Martinique, to Canada and New York. The story begins with a mother and her young children, all slaves on a sugar cane plantation in Ma...
  • Tonstant Weader
    Apr 08, 2018
    House of Rougeaux is a fascinating family saga by Jenny Jaeckle that, unlike the usual saga, jumps around in time and place from generation to generation, though coming full circle in a beautiful final chapter. The story begins in Martinique with Abeje, a young slave who becomes a grea...
  • Mary
    May 01, 2018
    I received this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers. The description intrigued me and I hadn't heard of the author before which for me is always a selling point as I'm always looking for new authors to read. (which makes it hard when I do fall in love with an author and want to re...
  • Carol
    Mar 07, 2018
    Having read about slavery in the Carribean previously, I appreciated how the story followed history so closely. This story starts in the Carribean and stretches to Canada. The author tells by jumping around in time. For the first half of the book, I had trouble keeping the characters s...
  • Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
    Apr 16, 2018
    For more reviews and bookish posts please visit: http://www.ManOfLaBook.com House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel is a novel following the Rougeaux family from being enslaved in the Caribbean, to finding freedom. This is Ms. Jaeckel debut novel, but not her first book. Abeje and Adu...
  • Beth
    Feb 20, 2018
    House of Rougeaux is an engaging, well written multi-generational family saga. The author explores key issues relating to slavery, racial and gender discrimination, homosexuality and family. At times the book suffers from heavy-handed literary stratagems, yet is overshadowed by Jaeckel...
  • Angela M
    Jun 07, 2018
    3.5 stars rounded up. I love family sagas, spanning years, even centuries, following characters and their descendants. In this novel, I followed this family from their roots as slaves from the island of Martinique in 1785, to Philadelphia in the 1940?s and 1960?s to Montreal in th...
  • Sean
    Apr 22, 2018
    I tried ... I really tried .... to connect with the characters and with Jaeckel's imagery and writing but found myself largely unable to put myself within the mindset of her novel. Perhaps the narrative of Jaeckel's work was one that I had read before and, perhaps, done with a better o...
  • Rachel (Life of a Female Bibliophile)
    Apr 21, 2018
    See even more reviews at: http://www.lifeofafemalebibliophile.com/ House of Rougeaux is a multi-generational historical fiction novel about a family. The story begins (the family?s history) in Martinique following two siblings, Abeje and Adunbi, in the late 1700s. From there, we s...
  • Lael Braday
    Jun 18, 2018
    After a glimpse into her future as a leader of her people, this family saga opens with the childhood of the great Obeah, Meme Abeje, who lives to see the official end of slavery in her homeland of Martinque, and her niece Hetty?s migration to Canada, where she becomes an abolitionist...
  • Kate Vocke
    Jun 09, 2018
    I won a copy of House of Rougeaux through a Goodreads Giveaway (my first time winning!) I don't think I would have normally picked this up - and I try to enter myself in giveaways for just this reason - to discover new authors and read stories I wouldn't normally seek out. House of...
  • Tony Parsons
    May 07, 2018
    Martinique Island (Caribbean sugar plantation). Timeline 1785-1890 The author takes you through the life/times of the Rougeaux family were impoverished sugar cane plantation slaves. They worked hard for their masters who took advantage of the female if they were good looking. Ch...
  • Rachel Parrott
    Jan 26, 2018
    This beautiful written work invokes each place and time vividly as well as the dynamic characters in the "House of Rougeaux." My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads. ...
  • Chaya Nebel
    Nov 15, 2017
    This multi-generational saga about a black family in the Americas is a thoughtful, incisive, touching and dramatic story. It starts with a brother and sister, slaves on a sugar plantation in Martinique, in the early 19th century. Abeje, the girl, utilizes her natural gifts and those of...
  • M
    Feb 26, 2018
    This is a far flung family saga that begins with slaves in Martinique and skips back and forth in time and place. To Canada, The United states, Europe, and back to the Caribbean. The story jumps from 1785-1869, then to 1949, then 1964, then 1925, then 1853, then 1883-1889, and then the...
  • Nancy
    May 08, 2018
    3.5 The House of Rougeaux by Jenny Jaeckel is the story of a family from it's enslaved African ancestor to mid-century America, touching on the African-American experience over time, including slavery, cannon fodder in wartime, and the victim of hate crimes, but also traces the inhere...
  • Brenda Schneider
    Sep 29, 2017
    An engaging and well written story. Really liked the book. I won this book through goodreads. ...
  • Gudrun Mouw
    Nov 15, 2017
    I so admire the easeful writing style. The plot fascinates, and the ending fulfills, which is rare. I loved this book! ...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    May 12, 2018
    4 family saga stars to House of Rougeaux! ? ? ? ? When I read the synopsis of House of Rougeaux, I knew I had to put it on my shelf. A multigenerational family saga beginning in Martinique up through present-day Canada? I was all in! Abeje and Adunbi, sister and brother...
  • Rebecca Bowyer
    Apr 27, 2018
    House of Rougeaux opens with the brutal rape and murder of a young mother right outside the door of the hut where her small children huddle in fear. Abeje and her older brother Adunbi - with barely 10 years of age between them - are left to fend for themselves as slaves on a Caribbean ...
  • Candy
    May 12, 2018
    I received this as a Goodreads Giveaway - thank you! This book was all right. Perhaps it was just a little too mystical/magical for me. We weren't allowed any deep insight into the characters feelings, and for that reason I never felt any connection to the characters. The stories we...
  • Jennifer
    Nov 27, 2017
    I won this novel from a Goodreads giveaway. This is my honest review. First things first, this novel was incredibly well written. From the very start, the narrative draws you in and the words flow smoothly. I love it when a book is able to easily and quickly engage you, and this bo...
  • Susan
    Mar 22, 2018
    The House of Rougeaux follows the descendants of two children who are left motherless on a sugar plantation on the Caribbean island of Martinique in 1785 up until the mid-1960's. I loved the first section of this book which follows Abeje, who eventually becomes a healer and her brother...
  • Sonali Dabade
    Jan 16, 2018
    [Honest rating: 4.5/5 stars] Got a copy of this book from NetGalley. There's always a reason why I pick a book, with very few exceptions. The reason for my picking this book goes against the saying, "Never judge a book by its cover." [Of course, the occasional turnarounds are obv...
  • Rachel Ashcraft
    May 12, 2018
    I received this novel through Librarything early reviewer. The novel starts on Martinque and follows Abeje who was born into slavery. She possesses powers that connect her the island's plant life. She grows into a great healer while also dealing with numerous hardships. What I enjoyed ...
  • Kylene
    Dec 20, 2017
    House of Rougeaux starts on a plantation on the island of Martinique, telling the story of Abeje and her brother Adunbi. It follows Adunbi's descendants as they move to Canada and the United States. Many of the female descendants have talents in music or healing. The story is not linea...