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Publisher's Summary

"In a poignant and authentic tone, narrator Robin Miles brings her love of the theater to the fore in the telling of a little-known true chapter of the Civil War...Miles gives a compelling and very human voice to a time of strife and redemption." — AudioFile Magazine

Rooted in the history of the only secessionist town north of the Mason Dixon Line, Daren Wang's The Hidden Light of Northern Fires tells a story of redemption amid a war that tore families and the country apart.

Mary Willis has always been an outcast, an abolitionist in a town of bounty hunters and anti-Union farmers. After college she dreams of exploring the country but is obligated to take over the household duties and management of her family's farm while her brother, Leander, avoids his own responsibilities. Helping runaways is the only thing that makes her life in Town Line bearable.

When escaped slave Joe Bell collapses in her father's barn, Mary is determined to help him cross to freedom in nearby Canada. But the wounded fugitive is haunted by his vengeful owner, who relentlessly hunts him up and down the country, and his sister, still trapped as a slave in the South.

As the countryside is riled by the drumbeat of civil war, rebels and soldiers from both sides bring intrigue and violence of the brutal war to the town and the farm and threaten to destroy all that Mary loves.

©2017 Daren Wang (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Splendid - a distinctive clear-eyed perspective on a fresh corner of the Civil War." (Charles Frazier, New York Times best-selling author of Cold Mountain)
"A wise and timely book." (Ron Rash, New York Times best-selling author of Serena)

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Unusual Civil War story.

I don't think I have ever read a story about southern sympathizers in the north during the U. S. civil war. This was an interesting story but I never felt drawn to any of the characters. It was well narrated.