“A Thin Porridge is a tour de force and gripping historical fiction at its very best.” —Indie Reader
“[A] powerful historical coming of age adventure…. Adventurous and gutsy.” —Self-Publishing Review
“[C]rystalline prose that hooked me from the opening chapter…. [T]he kind of book readers of quality historical fiction can get very excited about.” —The Coffee Pot Book Club
“A Thin Porridge is a coming-of-age story as well as a cracking adventure. There is so much to like about it, with plenty of … twists and turns.” —D.G.
“This book is incredibly fascinating! I was hooked and it had me thinking about it (and) what would happen to Abeona, even when I wasn’t reading it. I have never heard a story like this, told in this time period, from a woman’s point of view. I loved this story. Thank-you for a wonderful adventure.” —Rachel
“[A] knack for imagery, scene-setting, and conveying dialect. This writing is rich. I can almost smell the pipe smoke and hear the accents. Historical fiction sometimes gets cumbersome when writers spend too much time trying to illustrate an authentic time period. (Benjamin) achieves it effortlessly. Some of these sentences are just jaw-dropping! The true testament for me is: Do I tense up when the situation is tense? Do I tear up when I’m meant to be saddened? And I must say, this book got to me.” —T.H.
“I like how the backstory is relayed in the form of Jon Browne’s journals.” —Sheila
“It brings a fresh perspective to an old idea and avoids cliché at the same time. The plot twists were unexpected. Everything is built into the flow of the story brilliantly. The descriptions are vivid and immerse the reader into the story in such a way that you are in the wilds of Africa with Abeona. It was a grand adventure for Abeona and … it was great to be part of that. The obvious love and dedication that went into the piece … shows in the writing and the accuracy to the era. There were times when I went and verified something because I wasn’t sure, and whatever I looked at would be spot on.” —Brandee
Jean Roberts: “I love it when a book takes me on a journey back in time and gives me the grand tour. I can taste, smell and feel the fabric of the past. Gohs has done an amazing job of creating a rich tapestry of settings.”
Kristine D: “I think this book is certainly worth a read for a reader who is prepared to work for the story or who adapts to and enjoys experimental writing styles.”
Naomi: “I really enjoyed the actual plot of the book. There were a lot of subplots and side notes, and yet it all came together brilliantly.”
Sally Flint: “I can’t say that I loved this. It was just too vast for me, but I guess that is a problem with me, for not having the staying power. You have to admire the writer for being so ambitious and not being satisfied with anything other than a whirlwind of an adventure.”
Susan Alpert: “The writing soars when describing the horrors of the African slavery trade which Abeona sees as soon as she gets off the ship in Cameroon. Mr. Gohs has a gift for cinematic details and has done a remarkable amount of research, which gives the novel its verisimilitude.”
James W: “Meticulously researched, perfectly paced, and captivating from start to finish, A Thin Porridge transcends and is highly recommended for fans of any and all sub-genres of fiction.”
Julie: “Abeona’s story will draw you in quickly and keep you reading ~ chapters are short, and the action is non-stop. You will cheer her on as she grows from a sheltered rich girl into a brave woman ready to conquer the world.”
Elaine: “[Gohs’] descriptive settings put you right there and the characters come to life with his words along the way. This is a definite must-read!”
Mark Smith: The author masterfully paints a portrait of a broken young lady who heals during her path to redemption. Each chapter draws the reader into a new land and shows that even heroes have a darker past.
Corrine Cassels: “Africa is almost like a character in this book, as opposed to just a setting, and it really took the book to a different level. Great read.”
Sandra Gross: “It’s been a long time since a novel held my interest like this book did.”
When Abeona Browne’s renowned abolitionist father dies in 1860, her life of privilege and naiveté becomes a frantic transatlantic search for answers to devastating family secrets. Along the journey, Abeona learns of her father’s tragic and terrible past through a collection of letters intended for someone lost long ago.
Passage to the Dark Continent is fraught with wild beast, raging storm, and bounty hunters after those damning secrets that threaten the very anti-slavery movement Abeona’s father helped build.
Can Abeona overcome antebellum attitudes and triumph over her own fears to right the wrongs in her famous family’s sordid past?
A Thin Porridge is a Homeric tale of second chances, forgiveness, and adventure that whisks readers from the filth of tweendecks, into the treachery of Cameroons Town, across the beauty of Table Bay, and deep into the heart of the fynbos—where wicked Boer miners continue the outlawed scourge of slavery.