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America is one young woman that I would want to be friends with. Her determination to follow what God has placed in her heart was an example of true faith. She had such a heart to free slaves and her biggest challenge was her father. How do you go against your father and refuse to support him? America is a strong willed young woman who will risk everything to see her father's slaves freed.
William is a man with a mission. He has set out to travel to different places and preach about how wrong it is to own slaves. There were times I'm sure he was fearful of what may happen when he stood before men who disagree with his beliefs. There was something that really stuck in my head and it made me look at this story with a heart that hurt for the unjust treatment of men, women and children of color. We are all made in the imagine of God yet during this time period that one sentence was erased from the minds of slave owners.
When America (Merry) finds out about a secret movement to help slaves be free, she must decide if she is willing to help or turn the group in. The story is intense and realistic with each page growing with danger. I really liked how the author showed readers how much faith the characters had. Would it be hard to stand up for the truth if you knew you could be in danger of being killed?
There were times in the story when I felt anger rise up in me. America's father was such a mean spirited man and his sternness overwhelmed me. Even though people said he treated his slaves better than most he still beat them. His treatment of his daughter bordered on control and I feared for America's safety. The author has written a story that is epic and depicts a time when the color of your skin determined your destiny by others. It is one of the best stories I've read about slavery and I appreciate the brutal honesty that the author wrote about a time in history that makes me grieve.
" It's better to lose your life obeying God than pretend slavery doesn't exist and do nothing."
I received a copy of this book from Litfuse. The review is my own opinion.
The storyline brought up vivid images of the injustice of that period in history in the U.S. It speaks of hero's for the cause to end slavery who went at great lengths to help the slaves, even resulting in their imprisonment or death. This was a very gut-wrenching read for me. It was one whose message stayed with me even after the last page was turned.
Great characters, some I automatically disliked, others I admired for their bravery. America was a strong woman caught between the desire to fight against slavery all the while having been raised by a slave owner. Very intense book.
I loved the ending but gave the impression that there is more to come.
I felt slightly annoyed at her dealings with Harland. She seemed like such a strong character, and able to form good opinions about others, but I felt she was a tad naïve or blind when it came to Harland. I wanted her to push his buttons more. I wanted her to get into big arguments with him. Instead, it seemed as though he just took his words as truth and didn't give them a second thought. Had it been another character, say her brother's fiancée for example, she was quick to judge and speak her mind. It almost seemed like she was two different people.
William's character however was not one to shy away. In fact, I applauded the times when he said he wasn't backing down from evil. He was a hero in everyway....except for one thing he did with America. But I can't say too much or it'll totally spoil the book for you! From their initial conversation on the train I knew that they were two characters that were meant to be together. The fun part was seeing their stories separately more than together. It allowed you to get to know them better as individuals, and what they stood for without the other one hovering. I like reading books this way - makes it all the more enjoyable if the couple ends up together.
Overall I thought this was a great story. The inclusion of a few different point of views added depth and character to the story that enabled you to connect with each part of the plot. I look forward to the next installment of this series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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The book was very interesting but hard to read at times. Set during the time when the North and South differ on Slavery.Read more