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Lily Palmer flees with her daughter to take refuge on her uncle's farm in Louisiana. Here she finds herself in a world struggling with the aftereffects of the Civil War. For the first time, she is confronted with her own careless assumptions about race as she learns to appreciate the humanity of everyone around her. Threatening the fragile peace she achieves, her love for Alistair Whiteaker collides with her own dark past, shattering all hope for a new life. 

Alistair Whiteaker returns from the war determined to make amends for having owned the men and women who toiled on his plantation. Sickened by his part in perpetuating slavery, he works to thwart the aims of white supremacists and violent racists. At the same time, he longs to make a family with Lily and her daughter. To do that, he must first eliminate the man who inflicts another kind of injustice on the woman he loves. 

Thomas Bickell uses every ounce of his talent and courage to win suffrage for Black men. An ex-slave himself, he knows emancipation is not enough. When Fanny Brown is assaulted by white supremacists whose true target is Thomas himself, he realizes his greatest challenge may be to reclaim the heart of his beloved. 

©2015 Gretchen Craig (P)2017 Tantor

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I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS WHOLE SERIES....

THE FINAL BOOK IN THE SERIES WAS AWESOME. ITS FILLED WITH ALOT OF EMOTIONS AS WERE THE OTHER BOOKS. I FINISHED IT WANTING MORE. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THIS SERIES MADE INTO A MOVIE. IT WOULD TOTALLY MAKE IT. MAJOR WHITAKER IS JUST MY HERO...OMG MY IMAGINATION WENT WILD OVER THIS BOOK...REALLY OVER THIS ENTIRE SERIES OF BOOKS. I CANT SAY ENOUGH DONT LET THE FACT THAT IT IS CENTERED AROUND SLAVERY DETER U. IT IS SOOOO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. START WITH 'ALWAYS AND FOREVER' YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED. ALLYSON JOHNSON, THE NARRATOR, DESERVES AN ACADEMY AWARD SHE IS BRILLIANT. IVE FOUND ABOUT TEN MORE BOOKS THAT SHE HAS NARRATED AND I CANT WAIT TO START ON THEM, BUY THIS SERIES PLEASE.....YOU WILL LOVE IT

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great book

I fell in love with the first book I had to get the second third and fourth back to back. i laughed cried through all of them.
wow spell bounding.

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Plantation series enjoyed!

Great stories the kind you wished would never end! I would recommend this book to everyone .

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the end

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the series. same love story different Characters .

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Nice ending to the saga!

I followed this story through the 4-book series and was thoroughly pleased with everything, the writing, narration and all. I can only imagine that it would be difficult to capture a time period and tell it with such poignancy and ease—this writer does that very well!