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Friday, January 31, 2020


The venture ahead could leave their friendship behind.
Made a safe-haven after the Civil War, Ironwood Plantation is a refuge of equality for former slaves.
But twenty years and a new generation later, they have become an isolated community with little
contact with the rest of the world.
Mercy Carpenter is everything the world thinks she shouldn’t be. Educated and adventurous, she
longs to make a life for herself beyond the beautiful prison of Ironwood. When she secretly submits
an article to the Boston Globe under a man’s name and receives an enthusiastic response and an
offer for employment, she’s determined to take advantage of the opportunity. But she isn’t prepared
for a startling world that won’t accept her color or her gender, and her ambitions soon land her in
grave danger.
The privileged daughter of a plantation owner and an aspiring suffragette, Faith Harper is
determined not to marry. Especially not her father’s opportunistic new business partner. She doesn’t
want any man telling her what to do, least of all the annoyingly chivalrous Nolan Watson. But when
Mercy goes missing, Faith will do anything to find her best friend, even if it means trusting a man she
doesn’t understand. In a time where prejudices try to define them, Mercy and Faith must push the
boundaries of their beliefs and trust in the God who holds the keys to freedom.

Award winning author of seven historical novels, Stephenia H. McGee writes stories of faith, hope, and
healing set in the Deep South. When she's not twirling around in hoop skirts, reading, or sipping sweet
tea on the front porch, she's a homeschool mom of two boys, writer, dreamer, and husband spoiler.
Stephenia lives in Mississippi with her sons, handsome hubby, three dogs, and one anti-social cat. Visit
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I really enjoyed the story and found Mercy to be a person who has to overcome prejudice to survive. She has wanted to be a journalist and when a newspaper prints one of her stories she is thrilled. They offer her a job and on a whim she takes off to apply for the job in Boston. Mercy and Faith have grown up together and have become best friends. Even though they are different colors that has never stopped them from being friends. I was surprised that Mercy would not tell Faith of her plan to leave and pursue her dream.

The story finds Mercy in trouble as she is shunned by the editor of the paper because she is a woman. I'm sure because she was not white probably had something to do with his rude attitude. The author delivers an exciting journey as Mercy finds herself in danger on the streets late at night. Will someone save her before it is too late? Can she survive on her own?

The book  is a time slip story that focuses mostly on the time period in 1887. I was so involved in Mercy and Faith's story, I forgot about the woman who found the journal that was from one of her ancestors. The author does bring us back to the present to tie up the story and gives a great ending. I enjoyed reading how strong both Mercy and Faith are and how important it was for them to have rights just like men had.

The author provides us with a look at the past where prejudice was obvious and two women who were determined to fight for freedom and their friendship. Will Mercy find her dream job? Can Faith rescue her friend before she is lost forever? All these questions will be answered as you go back in time and witness God's protection, friendship and wonderful characters.

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

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