My church back in California is a Friends Church, so I’ve studied Quaker history a bit more than other denominations and knew they played a significant role in the Underground Railroad. I also read the first in this series, Honor, and I wanted to continue in the family story and also learn more about the Underground Railroad.
An impetuous love swept Blessing Brightman away from the Quaker community, into the highest ranks of Cincinnati society. But behind the glitter of ballroom and parlor, her spirit slowly eroded in an increasingly dangerous marriage. Widowed young, determined never to lose her independence again, Blessing reclaimed her faith and vowed to use her influence to fight for women’s rights and abolition.
Gerard Ramsay, scion of a wealthy Boston family, arrives in Cincinnati hoping to escape his father’s clutches with a strategy that will gain him independence. His plan is soon complicated, however, by the enchanting widow. Never before has a woman spoken as if she’s his equal―or challenged him to consider the lives of others.
In a city nearly ablaze with racial tensions quickly dividing the country, can two people worlds apart possibly find common ground?
This book was much like the first and I enjoyed the story. I always love a good book about strong women who are willing to risk much for the sake of right and for others. Plus Blessing is a bit feisty and even sassy, so she was fun to read about.
I also really liked the use of historical figures the characters encountered, like Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass. I can only imagine how incredible it would have been to hear them speak and how their testimony and work helped ignite a movement. I also appreciated the honest look at how it was for women back then and the fight against their inequality. What a time in history!
I think my favorite aspects were Gerard’s transformation along with Blessing’s unwavering commitment to changing the world. What we do in our lives makes a difference and a life well lived can truly impact others!
What’s a favorite Civil War era book you’ve read?
(Thank you to Tyndale for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)