Monday, July 16, 2018
River to Redemption
Orphaned in the cholera epidemic of 1833, Adria Starr was cared for by a slave named Louis, a man who stayed in Springfield, Kentucky, when anyone with means had fled. 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 face an uphill battle.
Based partly on a true story, Ann H. Gabhart's latest historical novel is a tour de force. The vividly rendered town of Springfield and its citizens immerse readers in a story of courage, betrayal, and honor that will stick with them long after they turn the last page.
My Review: This is a wonderful historical tale! I thought that the parts that were based on a true story (that of a hotel owner leaving his slave in charge so he could escape cholera) were especially fascinating, and loved how Ann brought the story to life with Ruth and Adria and their losses. I also liked how it talked about abolitionist well before the war, and how unpopular the thinking was in a lot of places. This is a wonderful story with beautiful characters and rich historical details. I love that there is a lot going on with the story.
I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.
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