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The topic of this month is Recommended Read (a book that was recommended to you)
Genre: Christian - Historical
My Rating: 2 stars
Part of a series: Home to Mildford College #0.5
In March we have to look for a book that was recommended to us. And that’s the reason why this book was in my TBR pile.
This is a short story about Aurelia ‘Realie’ Baxter, a slave on the run that hopes to arrive to Canada. She robs a horse, but the rider of that horse follows the trail and finds her. He is no other than Lawrence, a free man that is going to pass the exams in order to be a lawyer. He protects her and falls in love in a very short time, so he decides to go South and buy her. She waits in the North for him. But of course, not everything goes the way they expected.
I like the style in which this book is written, the voice of the author. I also fell for the characters, you wanted them to have luck in their lives, although my heart went with Realie. She’s a real person, in flesh and blood, while Lawrence is very naïve and knows really nothing about what the real life of slavery is. Realie is the best thing in this novella.
The author chooses a very balanced set of secondary characters, two couples, one in Ohio and another one in Georgia. In each of these couples there’s someone who at least understands Realie, while the other one does not trust her. The women are quite clichéd but the men are not what you expect and I think that’s a very interesting twist that gives depth to the story.
But, alas, I had two problems with this book. The first one is that I did not really believe in the happy ending. I didn’t have the sense that Realie was free to choose Lawrence. You are supposed to accept that they both fall in love in a very short time, not really knowing each other. That’s the kind of story line that does not work well with me in the novella format. I’d rather she had time to enjoy her freedom, run to Canada and then, in time, chose to be with Lawrence.
The second problem is about me not the book itself. It’s me, not you, dear Ms. Huguley. Christian stories are not my thing, ‘cause religion is not my cup of tea.
So it was one of those awful moments when I realised that I loved the way an author tells her story, but I'm not interested in the kind of story she chooses to write. That's what usually happens to me with paranormal books, and it looks like Christian novels have the same effect in me.
If you don't have that problem, perhaps this is a book for you, so I recommend other reviews, like the one in