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.
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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 her at www.StepheniaMcGee.com for books and updates.
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What a compelling page turner, I had a hard time putting this one down, the author grabbed me from the first page, I really enjoyed it!
Now this is the third book in this series, and sadly this is the first I’ve read, and I was not lost at all, but know the first two are on my list.
This book has it all, putting myself in Mercy’s shoes, and having led a sheltered life, without knowing it, and taking a train ride to Boston. I can just see her getting into the wrong car, and no concept of how far she had to travel, not being prepared, but God was with her.
If you want a read that will keep your attention, with prejudice at its highest, hurricanes, kidnapping and sweet kindness and God’s free love, don’t miss this book!
I received this book through Celebrate Lit. and was not required to give a positive review.