- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Revell (July 3, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800723643
- ISBN-13: 978-0800723644
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One young woman must stand up for freedom--and perhaps find her own in the process.
Orphaned in the cholera epidemic of 1833, Adria Starr was cared for by a slave named Louis, a man who passed up the opportunity to escape his bondage and instead tended to the sick and buried the dead. A man who, twelve years later, is being sold by his owners despite his heroic actions.
Now nineteen, Adria has never forgotten what Louis did for her. She's determined to find a way to buy Louis's freedom. But in 1840s Kentucky, she'll need all of the courage and strength she possesses--and more.
"Sometimes a story is almost too wonderful to be true. Thankfully, the bit of history at the heart of Gabhart's latest novel is absolutely true, providing the perfect platform for a tale of love and generosity that will restore the reader's faith in humankind."--Sarah Loudin Thomas, author of the Appalachian Blessings series
"River to Redemption will both capture your heart and bolster your spirits. Each of the well-drawn characters stepped off the pages and into my heart. A genuinely wonderful book."--Judith Miller, award-winning author of The Chapel Car Bride
"Rich in historical detail, River to Redemption reveals the heartbreaking reality of slavery in the first half of the nineteenth century, one young girl's dangerous quest to end it, and a slave's strong faith in God's timing and providence. You will fall in love with these unforgettable characters."--Jan Drexler, award-winning author of the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling and award-winning author of many novels, including These Healing Hills, Angel Sister, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She is also the author of the popular Hidden Springs Mysteries series as A. H. Gabhart. Ann and her husband enjoy country life on a farm a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.
About the Author
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling and award-winning author of several Shaker novels--The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, The Gifted, and The Innocent--as well as These Healing Hills, Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, Love Comes Home, Words Spoken True, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She is also the author of the popular Hidden Springs Mysteries series as A. H. Gabhart. She has been a finalist for the ECPA Book of the Year and the Carol Awards, and has won two Selah Awards for Love Comes Home. Ann and her husband enjoy country life on a farm a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.
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The theme of River to Redemption is faith after great disappointment. Both Ruth Harmon and Reverend Will Robertson prayed for their critically ill spouses, standing on Scriptures about the power of prayer and God's faithfulness to answer prayer, but their spouses died anyway. With their faith rocked, they now stood on shaky ground longing for assurance. They must learn again how to “pray believing.”
I highly recommend this book to those who are also longing for the type of faith that brings assurance, to those who enjoy historical fiction that is well-researched and based on true events and people, and to those who love a story that is carried on by a sense of mounting tension. I thank NetGalley and Revell Publishing for providing me with a copy of River to Redemption in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.
What characters this book contains! This book held such emotion for me. My heart seems to connect to every character. Such a pureness and a a rare beauty that Gabhart has brought us. As much as I have loved her other novels, this just may be at the top of the fave list.
We travel back to the year of 1833. Springfield, Kentucky. Ann is giving us such rich and vivid details. Historical fiction with truth, love and freedom, faith and chains. The cholera epidemic is swirling and growing. One man stands out, a slave by the name of Louis. I tell you that his character touched me in a powerful way. I want to live with such beauty and character. He lived every moment with his eyes fixed on Jesus. With death surrounding him, his heart was pure and filled with such mercy. He did for all what most would never think about doing for him. He thought past himself and his own circumstances. He made the choice to see beauty in all around him.
Aunt Tilda also stands out for me. Another slave. Another beauty that chose to reach out beyond herself, touch the world around her with such grace, leaving a legacy of Jesus. Oh, the love in her heart is a love we should all strive to live.
Adria Starr is the main character. Oh, this little girl brought me to tears. My arms wanted to reach out and hug her. This is writing!! When a novel allows you to feel such deep emotion it brings it to a whole new level. We journey with Adria and with others in a world that seems so long ago, but one we can relate to. We have our own sets of circumstance and trial, but from these characters we can see a "No matter what" type of faith. They walked through the valley and came out the other side with grace and mercy.
Let us not forget Ruth and the new Pastor. Both characters are so gentle. They are finding their way through tragedy and finding a place where life can not only continue, but flourish beyond what they can imagine.
I suppose what I loved the most was the portrayal of people with such generous hearts! Maybe that is what I see in them. As big as their circumstances before them, their grace given, was always bigger!
If you are looking for not only a great novel, but one that will move your heart and challenge you, look no further. Ann has brought us a novel that is moving and powerful, yet so sweet and tender. Yep, that's a Gabhart novel!
Of course I give Ann's masterpiece a glowing five star review!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
This novel was a gift from Revell for sharing my review with you.
Cut to twelve years later. Ruth has taken over her husband's position as schoolteacher and never remarried. Adria is a secretly budding abolitionist. Everyone, herself included, assumes she will marry her childhood sweetheart, Carlton, but despite his pushing for an answer she keeps putting him off. She and Louis have remained close, and she hates that he is a slave, that he's not free.
When the town gets a new preacher, a romance slowly builds between him and Ruth, and I really enjoyed that storyline. Neither is looking for a relationship, neither has any desire to remarry, but they are drawn to each other almost against their wills. I probably would've been content with a book just about Ruth and her preacher. But much as I enjoyed her story, I found Ruth a little hard to relate to. She loves Adria, and Adria loves her. But they never seemed to develop a mother/daughter relationship until the very end. It is mentioned more than once that while Ruth agreed to raise Adria, and took care of her and provided for her and has always put her best interests first, she was unable to be what Adria really wanted – a family. We, the reader, don't see Adria grow up with Ruth, but I got the impression that there weren't lots of hugs and kisses and I love yous exchanged. I kept reminding myself throughout the book that Ruth was devastated to lose her husband, devastated that she and her husband did not have children, that Ruth was mentally in a bad place when she took on Adria, that she had her own struggles. But I still couldn't imagine raising a little girl and not showering her with affection, regardless of whether or not she were your own biological child. It basically kept me feeling at arms length from Ruth.
A character I enjoyed is Caleb, who arrives with the drovers who pass through, and then gets a job in town. He and Carlton are complete opposites, and while Adria tells herself to have nothing to do with him, she can't help but like him. He's a bit insufferable and stalkery, and I loved their interactions. I also loved the scenes between him and a jealous Carlton.
During the first few chapters the narration, the writing, felt a little simplistic, though fitting since the point of view was from a seven year old child. But then when Adria is grown up, it still felt that way, and it took me awhile to really get into the story and stop noticing that. And the further into the book I went the more and more invested I became. As Adria felt torn between Carlton and Logan, I was rooting for Logan, and then I wasn't, and then I sort of was again.
Slavery is talked about very matter of factly and is, of course, a big theme of the book, as Adria begins to rally the townspeople to raise money to buy Louis so he can then be freed. I don't want to describe it as “feel good”, because the subject of slavery can't possibly be feel good, but seeing the reactions as money is raised was heartwarming, and I did get teary eyed.
Overall, the book was enjoyable, with a lot of sweet moments, and a wonderful resolution.
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