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Friday, April 6, 2018


William and America confront evil, but will it costs them everything?
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.
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~ About the Author ~

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. She has received 2ndplace in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest and has other novels and novellas in print. She’s been married for 39 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and three grandchildren.
Tamera has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire for Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist and has written children’s church curriculum. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.
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The book is a haunting look back in history when slaves were very prevalent. It was so hard to read how horrific they were treated.  I can't imagine the terror they felt when they knew they were going to be beat. The author has done extensive research on this subject and it shows by the vivid picture she paints with her words. There were times I had tears rolling down my cheeks as I read about human beings being traded to work for nothing.

America is one young woman that I would want to be friends with. Her determination to follow what God has placed in her heart was an example of true faith. She had such a heart to free slaves and her biggest challenge was her father. How do you go against your father and refuse to support him? America is a strong willed young woman who will risk everything to see her father's slaves freed.

William is a man with a mission. He has set out to travel to different places and preach about how wrong it is to own slaves. There were times I'm sure he was fearful of what may happen when he stood before men who disagree with his beliefs. There was something that really stuck in my head and it made me look at this story with a heart that hurt for the unjust treatment of men, women and children of color. We are all made in the imagine of God yet during this time period that one sentence was erased from the minds of slave owners.

When America (Merry) finds out about a secret movement to help slaves be free, she must decide if she is willing to help or turn the group in. The story is intense and realistic with each page growing with danger. I really liked how the author showed readers how much faith the characters had. Would it be hard to stand up for the truth if you knew you could be in danger of being killed?

There were times in the story when I felt anger rise up in me. America's father was such a mean spirited man and his sternness overwhelmed me. Even though people said he treated his slaves better than most he still beat them. His treatment of his daughter bordered on control and I feared for America's safety. The author has written a story that is epic and depicts a time when the color of your skin determined your destiny by others. It is one of the best stories I've read about slavery and I appreciate the brutal honesty that the author wrote about a time in history that makes me grieve.

" It's better to lose your life obeying God than pretend slavery doesn't exist and do nothing."

I received a copy of this book from Litfuse. The review is my own opinion.

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