Wow, this book IS WOW. Author Tamera Lyn Craft did her homework when writing about the slavery era in US history. I must say, I cringed many times during some of the story details, that I’m sure are mild compare to the solid truth. One must know how to stomach the sad, gruesome, and conflicting history that we should learn from. Tamera did an excellent job with creating characters with various views. She had decent slave owners, ruthless slave owners, people who were appalled by the idea of slavery but too afraid to get involved with helping, abolitionists helping in different ways, preachers for slavery, preachers anti-slavery, and of course slaves with different perspectives. America although an abolitionist grew up in an environment of slavery, she felt conflicted in some areas because, she could see both sides of certain arguments. It is an enlightening story and anyone who loves history with good biblical teachings, and a little romance will love this book. You will however need a box of tissue in some parts:). Since I was given this book by litfusegroup.com in exchange for my honest opinion, I will note my only issue with the story. It seemed one of the preachers, due to difficult circumstance, seem to have eloping in his mind. It did not actually happen and there was some humor in what took place but, it still made me grunt. Other than that, I love this book that impacted me in such a manner it left me pondering for days. I can’t recommend it enough to people who can handle the horrific details of history. I am so looking forward to book #2!
In 1857, America, the daughter of a slave owner, is an abolitionist and a student at Oberlin College, a school known for its radical ideas. America goes home to Kentucky during school break to confront her father about freeing his slaves.
America’s classmate, William, goes to Kentucky to preach abolition to churches that condone slavery. America and William find themselves in the center of the approaching storm sweeping the nation and may not make it home to Ohio or live through the struggle.