Journey to Freedom, Journey to Love,December 6, 2012
By Island Girl (Honolulu, Hawaii)
This review is from: Journey to Freedom (Kindle Edition)This isn't one story but actually several stories entwined, shown and meticulously written with heart and depth. We have a Civil War setting, and an interracial lead couple fighting extreme odds in a nation divided by racism, prejudice and ignorance. This story actually chronicles and encompasses several couples' test of love, faith, hope and courage. It even touches on the Naval battle of the war, a different and unique aspect of the Civil War. When Miss Meador describes the hunger of the characters, how they foraged for berries to eat, it brought memories back to this reader of living in and visiting the landmarks of Virginia, where many a historic and bloody Civil War battle took place...and where in the summer months the wild blackberry burrs that grew along rural roads would be thick and heavy with the weight and the scent of blackberries ripening on the bush. This is not a book to be read in a matter of hours, but a book to be savored and studied because of the unique settings and multiple secondary characters. I would have loved to see this story broken up into a series of two books, only because it read like a family saga, but that is a reader preference and not an author issue. Wonderful, touching and often painful this story made me think, and appreciate, the freedoms we have now, thanks to the sacrifices made by those who came, fought and suffered before us.
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