One young woman must stand up for freedom—and perhaps find her own in the process.


Orphaned in the cholera epidemic of 1833, Adria Starr was cared for by a slave named Louis, a man who stayed in Springfield, Kentucky, when anyone with means had fled. A man who passed up the opportunity to escape his bondage and instead tended to the sick and buried the dead. A man who, twelve years later, is being sold by his owners despite his heroic actions. Now nineteen, Adria has never forgotten what Louis did for her. She’s determined to find a way to buy Louis’s freedom. But in 1840s Kentucky, she’ll face an uphill battle.

Based partly on a true story, Ann H. Gabhart’s latest historical novel is a tour de force. The vividly rendered town of Springfield and its citizens immerse readers in a story of courage, betrayal, and honor that will stick with them long after they turn the last page.

My Thoughts:

This gripping, heart-warming story with its central theme of prayer is a beautiful story that is sure to not only entertain but to uplift your spirits. It is just what I needed to read! I was easily pulled into the story right from the beginning. The events of the Cholera epidemic sweeping through this small Kentucky town were heart-wrenching. Louis, an African slave took it upon himself to step in and help where needed. His unwavering faith in God, even through the difficult times is a testament to his character.

While not a face-paced story, I still found myself invested in the lives of the characters and deeply moved by their struggles. We pray and unburden our hearts to the Father. He always answers. But sometimes the answers aren’t what we expected. Prayer changes things, and it changes us too!

I especially appreciated the fact that this story was based partly on a true story. This book is a poignant reminder that faith and prayer go hand-in-hand. We each have the daily opportunity to be a beacon of faith and an example of what trusting in God looks like to the others in our communities.

This engaging story is filled with moments of tender romance, laughter, adventure, tears of sadness and tears of joy, a couple of surprises and most importantly a strong faith. I give this story 4.5 stars and would encourage you to pick-up a copy for yourself to enjoy!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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About the Author:

AnnH.Gabhart  Ann H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten she knew she wanted to be a writer. She’s published over twenty novels. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dog, reading and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill in the 1800’s, are popular with readers. The Outsider was a Christian Fiction Book Award Finalist in 2009. Her Heart of Hollyhill books are Small Town, America books set in the 1960’s. Angel Sister, a Rosey Corner book set during the Great Depression, will be followed by Small Town Girl.

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