"Spirited Away" takes place in the 1650's, during the time of Oliver Cromwell, who hated Catholicism and wanted to punish the Irish Catholics for their rebellion in 1641. Supposedly Ireland lost more of it's population in this time than during the famine 41% compared to 16%. Ethnic cleansing in which they were either killed, exiled or sold into slavery. Either way, trying to rid Ireland of the Catholics.
It starts with two sisters, the main character being Frederica, nicknamed Freddy, who rode a gypsy cob horse (a friend of mine told me this breed didn't even exist in the 17th century.) Not to mention this horse is supposedly Frederica's to ride just for fun. Her family is a very poor Irish Catholic family, so that they had enough money to even own a work horse, let alone one just for their daughter to ride for fun? A breed that didn't even exist at the time? Hm.
Well then Freddy, a tomboy, learns her papa, whom she is supposedly VERY close to, is caught by the British and made to go serve in a war and then Freddy, her sisters and mother go to live with relatives. A few months later she and her sister are on a beach and lured into a trap where they are thrown in with a bunch of other girls and loaded onto a ship and sent west to be slaves in the Caribbean.
When they arrive, Freddy is sold to the owner of a sugar plantation who immediately starts...well let's just say she is the means to produce more slaves for him, if you get my drift, in addition to tutoring the master's spoiled daughter since she can read and write. She finds out her sister ended up on another island, a slave that falls in love with her master and is treated wonderfully by her master. Well not long after the master has his way with Freddy, she becomes pregnant and oh despite the fact that she was raped, she's happy about this pregnancy. Then the master grows tired of her and decides she's going to live with another slave, a man she barely knows and the two of them are going to make slaves together. And they fall in love and have a child. (this I can buy a bit more than the slaves being just fine with pregnancies that result from rape by their horrible, abusive master)
Well Freddy's new lover dies as a result of a rebellion led by himself and other slaves, leaving Freddy with one white baby and one biracial child. Then she gets a letter from her sister "Oh my master turned husband will allow you to come but no 'mulattos' (not this term but another I can't recall) are allowed on this island, so sorry!" Nevermind that it means she's turning her back on her sister pretty much and her nephew.
But oh never fear, another Irish slave turned pirate once he escaped comes back for her and helps her and her Indian friend escape with their children and the book just abruptly ends. No mention of how they fare once they get to Jamestown to live with her friend's tribe in the "mountains."
By the way, her father that she is oh so close to? Is mentioned twice after she's sold into slavery in a "gee, I wonder how papa's doing?"
The book left me wondering where the author got her information. Mind you the horse thing I honestly didn't know till I was more than halfway through and my friend told me that breed did not exist at that time. But really? Mountains? In Jamestown? Did she watch Disney's Pocahontas? It bothered me too that it almost seemed like a romanticized version of slavery.