From Library Journal
Both on the run, Bledsoe, a slave, and Alice, an Irish indentured servant, are fleeing from North Carolina to Virginia, swamp to city, in this adventure tale [and] love story set in the 1860s. While similarly free spirits, the pair are otherwise a bit of an odd couple; he book learned and she illiterate but versed in the skills of survival in a way he is not. They find temporary shelter in a hidden place called Edenland, where they fall in love. But armies are on the march, and soon the couple are separated, seemingly forever. Then fate, and their intricate histories, reunites them. In between, Bledsoe is enlisted as accomplice—and mask—for a Yankee spy and Alice becomes the play toy of a pampered Southern belle. There is an exuberant, almost ramshackle quality to the adventures in which this engaging duo become entangled, and their love story is charming. VERDICT: It’s difficult to imagine what fiction lover and/or aficionado of history wouldn’t enjoy this latest from King (The True Life Story of Isobel Roundtree; Maybelleen).
About the Author
Wallace King is the author of two previous novels, The True Life Story of Isobel Roundtree and Maybelleen. After moving from New York to Los Angeles, she became a screenwriter; Edenland marks her return to fiction.