River to Redemption

Revell. Jul. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780800723644. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781441219770. CF
Orphaned after a cholera epidemic in 1833, Adria Starr spent her childhood in Springfield, KY, with Louis, an enslaved man who gave up his chance at freedom to care for Adria, tend to the sick, and bury the dead. Now a grown woman, Adria learns that Louis is to be sold by his owners. Determined to find a way to buy Louis's freedom, Adria takes on a racist culture in an uphill battle that will cost her everything yet provide an independence she's yet to realize. Partly inspired by a true story, this latest novel from Gabhart (These Healing Hills) depicts the harrowing conditions of slavery in the antebellum South as well as the dangers faced by those who helped slaves escape. Exquisitely voiced characters add a depth and richness of hope that incorporates themes of faith and justice.
VERDICT Admirers of Elizabeth Byler Younts and those who appreciate historical fiction set in the South will find this an engrossing read.
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