Friday, April 6, 2018

Red Sky over America by Tamera Lynn Kraft

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.


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 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest and has other novellas in print. She’s been married for 38 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and two grandchildren. Tamera has two novellas in print: A Christmas Promise and Resurrection of Hope. Her first full length novel, Alice’s Notions, is due to be released in April.

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.


My Review

Right from the beginning of this book I could feel the hopelessness of the people caught in slavery, treated horribly, and with your heart in your throat you want to do something.
The author has place this injustice on the heart of her main character America, a young woman raised to have slaves, her father’s lively hood depends on it. Put in her path is a fellow student at Oberlin College, and a gifted preacher, with a heart for missionary work, and a staunch abolitionist.
The author’s words placed me right in the midst of the abolition movement, and places faces on those who go about helping their fellowman. We meet those who are wolves in sheep’s clothing, a preacher spouting that people of color do not have souls, and then he twists the bible to support his sins.
What a powerful story, broken families, both slave and owners, all with different views, and through it all we hope that America and her father will take off their blinders, they sure are given enough hints.
A book that everyone should read, and after the final page is turned it will linger with you.

I received this book though Lit Fuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.

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