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Lavina: The Saga of an African Princess [Paperback]

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'Lavina: The Saga of an African Princess' is a tender romance entwined with the overtones of one of the most horrific periods of American history: the time of colonial slavery.

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Lavina: The Saga of an African Princess is a historical romance about a young heroine from the coastal plains of Guinea. This novel charts the epic journey of Lavina, a young tribal princess born to loving parents who is later sold as a slave in colonial America. Marauding slave traders kidnap Lavina and her promised one, Rabboni. At her inauguration celebration-their marketplace is overrun and their parents are murdered in the brutal attack. This heartwarming novel tells how Lavina and Rabboni are separated?Lavina is purchased by kind hearted puritans, while Rabboni experiences cruel and demeaning treatment at the hands of his owners. Both young people have faith in the Almighty Protector and miraculously they find each other again. The author focuses on the most horrific period of American history when colonial slavery was instituted. Told in graphic and honest detail the story should be required reading for all young Americans, especially young African-Americans, establishing their significance of culture and ethnic roots. The story turns again and again to God's grace and His overcoming power given to those who trust Him. God moves on the hearts of colony members and finally the revelation of His will is proclaimed. This author's unique Christian framing of these historical events give the book added dimension and meaning. Don't miss the pain, the heartbreak, then exultant triumph of Lavina: The Saga of an African Princess

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Studio: Tate Publishing & Enterprises
Pages   267
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.81" Width: 5.93" Height: 0.57"
Weight:   0.77 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 18, 2005
Publisher   Tate Publishing & Enterprises
ISBN  1598860062  
ISBN13  9781598860061  

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Very Elementary   Feb 23, 2007
This book reads like it was written for 5th graders. I was very excited about the story but I couldn't get through it. Very juvenile structure.
Positive Minds bookclub - Emma L. Hill  Sep 10, 2006
Lavina is a beautiful story of a young girl who has the strengh and courage to endure may obstacles placed in her life. Any reader who is a fan of African American history will enjoy reading this book. This story was written in great detail, and it pays homage to our ancestors. Lavina has drama, conflict, injustice, and honor. This novel also has a romance that withstands time. The presence of the Almighty Protector reminds the reader that all things are possible for those who believe.
Survival of an African Princess   May 4, 2006
Lavina: The Saga of an African Princess details the harsh realities of a nation's history.

Lavina is a young princess on the coastal plains of West Africa. It is time to crown a new princess for the Bonga people. Ready for womanhood, Lavina is both mature and wise.

Rabboni is the prince of the Zazunta tribe. On the day of Lavina's inaugural ceremony, she agrees to be his bride.

As the celebration is underway, a dark cloud looms over the coast. The tribes come under a brutal attack by people looking to sell them over in America into slavery. Chaos and fear abounds as many members of the tribes are captured and others murdered. On their journey the people are frightened and fearful. Lovers Lavinia and Rabboni are also among those captured.

Separated by slavery, Lavina and Rabboni continuously pray for help. Equally they continue to have faith and believe that one day their love would be reunited.

Lavina: The Saga of an African Princess is an EXCELLENT READ!!! It is very well written and comes highly recommended!!

Reviewed by: Carmen
Master Storyteller Presents A Must-Read!  Jan 21, 2006
I met a master storyteller this weekend! And spent as much time as I could with him, for he told me a sometimes dramatic, sometimes beautiful story of our ancestors. And I shall remember it always!

Lavina: the saga of an african princess by Author O. Wright is undoubtedly a new historical classic! The book is written as if an ancient of our tribe, our community, has sat down to tell us of our history. I felt as if I should sit at the feet of this master storyteller so that I would not miss a word. The storyteller takes us back to just before the turn of the century...into the 1690's. In a quiet, peaceful and family-oriented spiritual community in Guinea, on the coastal plains of West Africa, it is time to crown a new princess of the Bonga people. Thanks to the "Almighty Protector" Lavina had been given to her loving parents and on her 18th birthday, she was to be crowned as the reigning princess. It was believed that this maiden's reign would bring forth a fruitful land.

While this sacred status could not be dissolved by matrimony, also that day, Lavina became betrothed to Rabboni, prince of his own tribe. They had loved each other on first sight and knew their marriage would be blessed.

But as the crowds gathered to celebrate, there also came, due to a storm at sea, a mighty ship which had been sailing for many days in order to pick up slaves to be sold in America. When the storm forced their landing, they instead stole the people of Guinea, killing many who fought their capture and stealing away a total of 378 innocents-Lavina and Rabboni amongst them.

And so on the day Lavina had declared herself to Rabboni, it was also the last she spoke to him. She realized that she had not told him how much she loved him, but had not found the way during their brief time together. As the white slavers crowded the nearly 400 individuals into their ship, they separated the men from the women and children. There was little food, which they had to eat from an animal trough, with their chained hands. When the stink got too bad, the captors pulled in ocean water to flush away the filth. Even though all were treated badly, it was the young maidens, 60 of them, whose lives were forever changed as the slavers took them to their own cabins where garments were ripped off and they were taken for the evil men's purposes. One day, Rabboni caught sight of Lavina-she was being dragged to a cabin. He could not rush to protect her and cried out to the Almighty Protector. And as Lavina was thrown on the sleeping cot, which was made to hold the victim in complete restraint, she, too, cried to the Almighty Protector and begged the slaver not to hurt her, which he ignored. As she was sadistically abused, however, Lavina was blessed with a peaceful heart and her prayers were then to just get her through the experience.

After two months, in July 1695, the slave ship entered the Bay of Virginia. After having been kidnapped and abused, all of the captives were frightened, fearful of what was to come. Because of their physical deterioration, they were rubbed with palm oil so that they could appear healthy and strong; some were given medication to make them appear in good spirits. Then they were pushed from the ship and assembled on the auction block where they were animals.

Fortunately, some white people deplored what was happening to the Africans. A white couple knew she would be mistreated and, as they had devoted their lives to the cause of freedom and human decency, bought Lavina. They knew it was against God's will to degrade humans and sell them as property so, although they opposed slavery, they bought Lavina to save her. As they lovingly cared for her, they were able to convince her that she was to be their daughter and when she understood and accepted their parentage, they made it legal.

But what of Rabboni? Even the slave owners and other slaves viewed him as a special man, for he carried himself as royalty and spoke with eloquence. Some were afraid of him and tried all manner of torture to break his spirit but could not do it. After many years, he was sold to another slavemaster, who acknowledged and saw his intelligence and began to teach him carpentry and other trades.

Ten years slowly go by and the love between Lavina and Rabboni does not die nor fade. Often they send thoughts of love to the other, and their words are as poetic as the words of the Song of Solomon, between two who are the other's beloved.

From others, they learn that their Almighty Protector is also the God of some in America. And they learn about Jesus, His Son. He becomes their Savior and they pray to Him that they be reunited with their espousal.

Yes, this is a love story like no other. It is a love that lives strong and true through agony, humiliation and danger. A love that had been blessed. In vivid detail, Author Wright has shared with us a time that should never have happened, a time when evil men who falsely claimed that their religion allowed them to buy and sell other human beings, subjugated God's people. Into this horrible time, Wright shares the story of human love, covered and protected for many years by God's love and the sure knowledge that evil will never triumph. A memorable Must-Read for everyone who calls America home!
I recommend "Lavina" to every reader  Dec 30, 2005
American history is not a pretty thing but it is something that needs to be looked at, again and again in order to gain understanding. Our economy was built on the backs of indentured servants and slaves, pounding them into the building blocks of our foundation. Slaves were ripped from their homes, families and lives and used for the labor to develop our new world. It isn't often that we are able to look back and learn the true story of such people. In Author O. Wright's novel "Lavina: The Saga of an African Princess" readers are invited to become enlightened of the truth of those harsh times and enticed to look into the eyes of those who were treated so inhumanely.

Lavina is an eighteen-year-old princess of the Bonga tribe of Guinea and is about to be inaugurated; Rabboni is a prince of the Zazunta tribe. The two love each other deeply and are about to tell their parents of their plans to wed when slave traders invade the marketplace where the tribes have come together. Hundreds are captured and brought aboard the slave ship while many more lay dying. Which is a better fate? Rabboni and Lavina are both aboard the ship and are headed to Virginia and a completely different life than what they were certain they were destined for. They pray to the Almighty Protector for help.

A plantation owner buys Rabboni and his treatment is harsh to say the least. Lavina is purchased by kind puritans and is treated like their daughter. Two very different outcomes but the result of their public treatment will eventually be the same. Prejudice, by the very people who needed the labor in the first place, runs rampant. Will the two soul mates ever find each other in the ever growing towns of Jamestown and Williamsburg? Will they ever be free to love each other as man and wife?

Told in the third person the story is relayed with respect, historical accuracy, and contempt for the wrongs that were committed. It reads well, though at times there is repetition of fact and plotline that isn't necessary. This minor detail does little to detract from a well written tale that will captivate readers and shed some light on the realities of our nation's history. The romantic side of the book will appeal to men and women alike while the historical feel will be of interest to every American, or should be. The book has a Christian slant that fits right into the times and explains how the Guinea belief of the Almighty Protector is converted to that of Jesus Christ.

I recommend "Lavina" to every reader, especially those who are studying American culture and history.
Review by Heather Froeschl.

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