River to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart

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Adria Starr was cared for by a slave, Louis, after her family perished in the cholera epidemic in 1833, leaving her alone and afraid at the tender age of seven.  Louis cares for Adria at a great cost to himself, choosing instead to help the whites of his community over the chance to become free. Now twelve years later, Louis is being sold after his master dies, despite his heroic actions all those years ago.  However, Adria has not forgotten and is willing to risk everything in order to save the man who once saved her.

I enjoyed the time period and history in this novel.  The author did a great job of crafting a story with depth that allowed me to get a glimpse into what life may have been like in the mid-nineteenth century, including tackling difficult social issues.  I liked Louis a lot and appreciated the way his story ended.  I also enjoyed the romance that Adria encountered and ultimately her decision, although her ending is unsettled and I do hope that she gets a second book!  This novel demonstrates that no matter the shape or size or color of your family, love conquers every situation.  The spiritual themes are gently woven among the storyline.  I liked this book a lot and recommend it to lovers of historical fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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