Book review: The Small Fortune of Dorothea Q by Sharon Maas

The Small Fortune of Dorothea QThe Small Fortune of Dorothea Q by Sharon Maas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.

This is the first book written by Sharon Maas I’ve read and I really liked it.

This is a family saga’s story with the central plot around an original British Guiana One Cent 1856 stamp printed in black on magenta.

Through this valuable stamp, the author describes the life of three generations of women: Rika, who run away from Guyana and went to live in London where she raised her daughter Inky; after thirty years, Rika’s mother – Dorothea – arrives in London, to meet her daughter and her grand-child.

Even after a long separation period between mother and daughter, their differences and their old wounds are still coming up.

When Inky learns about the old stamp, she decides to find out the hidden secrets of her family, specially the tragic events that felt apart mother and daughter.

The book is very well written with a nice description of the Guyanese people and costumes. By also living in a colonized country, I do know how the local people has to struggle sometimes against their own origins. And once you start to read this book, you will be entangled in the life of these three amazing women.

Location 2301:

If you turn everything into money you don’t know you lose the past? An’ if you lose the past don’ know you lose your soul?

For further information about this most expensive stamp ever found, please visit the link below:

Red-letter day for most expensive stamp – The Telegraph


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