She is a runaway slave. He’s a slave owner.
I found this story line to be very interesting and engaging. Adalia flees a life of slavery and boards a ship bound for America. She manages to secure a position with a respected physician and settles quietly into life. However she is always having to look over her shoulder. Her owner wants her back.
Morgan is a slave in his own right too. Although he is the son of a wealthy plantation owner, he is slave to the ideal and principles that are expected of him. All he wants is to be able to captain his own ship and sail the seas. His father has different ideas and threatens to disown him and ruin his life if Morgan doesn’t bow to his will.
It’s a clash of interests. Adalia desperately wants to see all slaves set free. Morgan doesn’t care, he just want to live life in his own way and preferably with the pretty Adalia on his arm. Neither one is willing to bend.
I think what I loved most about this book was the friction and dialogue between Adalia and Morgan. There were times that I laughed out loud at the hilarious responses and outrageous scenes. Even though Morgan was rough around the edges (quite the ladies’ man) he was very lovable and endearing. I loved how he continued to pursue Adalia and didn’t give up.
Sure, the overlying message in this book is about slavery being wrong. However, there was so much more to it than just that. The book also carried undertones of loyalty, and being yourself. The message that sang the loudest to me was the one about being who God made me to be. Not to worry about what others think, but to be my own person and serve Him to the very best of my abilities.
It’s adventure, turmoil and sweet romance, but most of all it’s a message that rings loud and clear. Tyndall does a great job weaving the themes into the book without being preachy. I like that. A wholesome book where the storyline is so engaging you forget you are reading.
So grab a copy for yourself, put up your feet for a spell and go on a journey. It’s worth it.
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Colonel Grant Wallace has seen enough death to last a lifetime. Weary and disillusioned, he slumps beneath a weight of defeat and loss. With nothing to keep him home and with the North inflicting punishment across the South, Grant organizes a shipload of southerners who, like him, long to escape the horrors of war and start a new life in a verdant land called Brazil.
Eliza Crawford can barely remember the days of her youth spent in opulence and comfort at her home in Marietta, Georgia. If only she hadn’t met Union Brigadier General Stanton Watts. But how can she even think that? He was her husband. At least he had been for a year before he was killed in the Battle of Fredericksburg. Now, rejected by both North and South, Eliza hopes to escape her past and her pain and start over in Brazil.
But once the voyage begins, troubles abound. Will dangers at sea and enemies from within keep Grant and Eliza from the new life—and love—they long for?
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