Author: Jacqueline Wheelock
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: July 29, 2022
Virginia-born slave, Sunday Duval, idolizes her toddler son. Having watched her freeborn parents killed by a slave snatcher when she was six, Sunday has renounced the hope of freedom and resolved to guard her son against such hope by isolating him and pouring her love into him while they live out their lives as tobacco fieldhands on the Duval Plantation.
But when her husband Noah, equally idolatrous—in his worship of abolitionism rather than their son—begs her to join him on the rumored Underground Railroad, Sunday is forced to choose between her marriage and the protection of her child from the ruse of freedom. She refuses Noah’s plea to leave the plantation, only to be wrenched from her son and sold downriver to Vicksburg, Mississippi weeks after her husband’s escape in early 1861. While Noah runs headlong into the reality of tainted freedom in the North, Sunday finds kindness from a most unlikely source during the Siege of Vicksburg.
Will the difficult life lessons about the true source of freedom serve the separated couple’s future, or does devastation, fostered by the Civil War, lie in wait for them both?
Reviewer: Lori Parrish
A story with wonderful characters that was so very good I devoured it in one day.
This author kept my emotions swirling throughout the entire book, that's for sure! I'm kind of still floored at the treatment of the slaves. Sunday. Poor Sunday! My heart goes out to her. But, I do know one thing I definitely admired her. She was my favorite character because of her spunk. And she had a lot of it! I wish I had it.
I do have a favorite scene with her and the mistress. I won't say, but it did make me grin. I know that sounds terrible, but I couldn't help myself. However, I wish she'd opened up to Noah about her past. It would have been a lot better for both her and Noah. I mean, after all, they were supposed to be partners in a sense.
There were some shady characters too. I thought this new to me author has done an excellent job with them too. I loved the Sunday gatherings for the slaves. It showed their love for God even when times were tough.
I also want to add that sometimes we can't always see what is right before us until it's almost too late. Always appreciate the people and the little things in life. You never know what might happen.
5 stars for a job well done. I highly recommend this book. It's a story that you'll never forget! My favorite read of the year so far.
I received this book courtesy of the author through Interviews & Reviews. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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