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About the Author
Huguley is also the author of "Migrations of the Heart," a five-book series of inspirational historical romances set in the early 20th century featuring African American characters. Book one in the series, A Virtuous Ruby won the Golden Rose contest in Historical Romance in 2013 and is a Golden Heart finalist in 2014. Book four in the series, A Champion's Heart, was a Golden Heart finalist in 2013.
Piper Huguley blogs about the history behind her novels at piperhuguley.com. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.
- File size : 1305 KB
- Publication date : July 27, 2014
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 266 pages
- Publisher : Liliaceae Publishers (July 27, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00M77K09U
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #276,644 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The style of writing is more authentic than most historicals and the way the characters think and speak more typical of their time. Some readers may be unused to the diction, or find Virgil a bit frustrating because of the assumptions he made, which he didn't clear up by talking to Mandy, but that's all authentic to the time and character. Others may be turned off by the characters' religious beliefs, which drive their actions. (Book is not intended to convert anybody but to be readable by those with religious beliefs.) Still others may deride the lack of open-door sex scenes, although there is definite physical attraction made more intense by the fact it's generated by contact we would look at matter-of-factly (lifting Mandy down from a cart, for example).
But these features are necessary to be true to this heartbreaking and hopeful story. Mandy and Virgil both grow and learn throughout this first book in the series featuring them (I haven't read any of the others), and there is a satisfying and believable conclusion despite all the obstacles in their path, including the threat of white violence. The white characters are not all villains; the black ones are not all heroes.
If you like slow-burn, angsty, intense stories and are not afraid of one that doesn't sugarcoat the realities of slavery and racism in the US (still here, btw), this is the book for you.
Amanda is the Northern free woman who needs to escape her father's law partner. When she comes to Milford, she's independent, free, educated, and blazing with her view of things.
Virgil is slave turned freeman and also the Mayor of Milford. When he meets this woman from the North, he finds himself fascinated and repelled by her independence.
That's just the tip of the iceberg in this book. Huguley does a marvelous job of keeping the reader interested in these clashes of personalities and cultures. It'a wonderful story and I can't wait for the next one.
About the history . . . this story leaps off the page. You can see it, hear it, and feel it in your marrow. The author digs deep and goes wide at the same time.
About the romance . . . Wow! Just wow! There's tons of tension between Isaac and Amanda, and it's the real deal. These two people come from different worlds, and those worlds collide.
The best news just might be that this is Book 1 in a three-book series. Downloading now!
Recommended for readers of classic romance, historical romance, historical fiction, and anyone else who wants a story that challenges, informs, and entertains all at the same time.
As a former history teacher, I was especially attracted to the time period in which the story is set. Knowing historical facts about an era and understanding the motivations, desires, and beliefs of those who lived through those times are two totally different things. While I realize this is a work of fiction, it rang true in the heart of this reader. As a Christian woman as well, I appreciated the message of forgiveness presented in the story. I commend the author for her insightful storytelling and magnanimous spirit.
A most satisfying read! Now to purchase book #2. You’ve hooked me, Ms. Huguley!
I struggled a bit through the first third of the book but it was more than worth it to stay with it. The characters fully developed and once I adjusted to the authentic and period accurate dialogue of the characters I fell in love with them. ESPECIALLY March. I typically prefer more setting and sensory detail to a story but that's reader preference, not a fault in the work or the author. What I appreciated most about this novel for me as a reader was at the end I knew I'd been enriched as a reader and an American with broadened perspective that there was so much more history to this time than key dates, events, and figures. A wonderful read.
Top reviews from other countries
Although the relationship between Amanda, the college educated Northerner who grew up believing she was free and Virgil, the former slave who had to work for his freedom but then in doing so failed to save the woman he loved is an important element of this story, this story is more about Virgil's struggles with self-forgiveness and his feelings of inadequacy in a world which in many ways has changed beyond reckoning but where unfortunately old prejudices still linger and can strike at the heart of those he holds dear. These struggles have blighted his life in many ways, closing him off from his young daughter. It is through school teacher Amanda's influence that Virgil changes and begins to embrace the rich future God has envisioned for him.
Huguley has a wonderful voice and the story is a page-turning read. It is a life-enhancing book.
Huguley is a worthy successor to such saga writers as Catherine Cookson, Joesphine Cox and Benita Brown. If you enjoy a good family saga, you will find the entire Home to Milford College sequence unputdownable.