This book was hard to put down! This is not the typical historical love-story filled with sweep you off your feet, fairy tale love. It is more about a search for meaning beyond the world’s standards. It is about the discovery that one’s parent’s, one’s social status, possessions, house, wealth (or lack there of) are not what define us. It is our faith and our creator that defines us. Charlotte is a spoiled southern belle, the daughter of a senator. She is “mothered” by a kitchen slave named Aunt Trish who reaches across the lines of segregation to lay the biblical foundation that will sustain Charlotte in her darkest hours. As Charlote enters the Shaker Village to find safety and hiding for herself and her personal slave and friend, Mellie, she soon finds herself in a spiritual journey. It is also a journey of discovery – what does she truly believe about God? In the midst of this a love story slowly unfolds in a most unlikely way. I think I enjoyed this book more because it focused less on the consuming emotions of the flesh as the driving force of the relationship and more on the development of love as a relationship, a friendship. Although there was a kiss exchanged it is not the crux of the relationship.
This is a very good, well-written book. I enjoyed it very much.
Thank you B&B Communications for this review copy.