Red Sky Over America (Ladies of Oberlin Book 1) Kindle Edition
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America (Merry) is going home for the first time in three years. When she confronts her father about his owning slaves, he sends her to her room, she slams her door. Something she does a lot now that her father refuses to let her return to school. Colonel Leighton is good to his slaves and does not agree with her. Her brother Luke is quite angry and does not share her ideas. He is engaged to the daughter of a huge plantation owner and sees nothing wrong with slavery. America's views cause some difficulties for him.
William (America's classmate and maybe more) puts himself in danger as he preaches against slavery in slave condoning churches. I don't give spoilers but I will say there is a scene where bullets are flying. You need to read the book to find out what happens.
There are some very real and dramatic scenes involving a slave family and the underground railroad. The author handled this with such feeling and sensitivity. It was very moving.
* I had the privilege of reading an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. No review was required. All opinions expressed are my entirely own.
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 did find this book difficult to read at times. I would rather those things had never occurred. Because Kraft has done intense research, she is able to paint a vivid picture of what would have been happening and it’s not pretty. Yet this story tells a tale of truth and redemption, also, and is very inspiring. I truly recommend you read Red Sky Over America.
I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.