Born a slave, Bledsoe had never left Our Joy plantation, and a daring escape offers his only chance for liberty. On the run he encounters Alice, an Irish indentured servant, committing what appears to be an act of murder as she burns down a shack in the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina.
Faced with the threat of capture, Bledsoe and Alice become reluctant allies. An epic tale unfolds as their quest for freedom pulls them from swamp to city, from North Carolina to Virginia. Somewhere between injustice and loss, they discover a hidden place that seems an Eden, where their bond and love are forged.
But the Confederate army is on the march and soon tramples their tenuous freedom. Separated, they are cast into fates they never imagined. Through it all, the hope of deliverance drives them onward and the memory of their Edenland remains, burning bright against the darkness of slavery and the American Civil War.
©2016 Wallace King (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
If you're looking for a sweeping adventure or action-packed journey through the south during the civil war, this isn't it. It was interesting to experience what life was like for various types of people during the era but the story was just so slow and the number of happy coincidences for the main characters made it a slog for me.
65 year old serial entrepreneur living in the wilds of NW Vermont on a small holding. Have a horse and 3 dogs, some laying hens too.
What a sweet love story set in The south during the Civil War. Good writing, excellent narration.
Purchased this book on sale without listening to the sample. If I would of sampled it, would not of bought it so I'm glad it worked out that way. it's entertainment , at first I could not get past this slave who could read the encyclopedia and understand it and the vocabulary used. After all he learned to read on the sly and no one was to know. Not only did he read but memorized (natural talent for him.) Getting over that, I found it entertaining. Love story? Not really but it does go there, reads like a who-done-it. Believable? Not, but narration is very nicely done and somehow I enjoyed it. Give it a read.
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