Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Rive to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart
Orphaned in the cholera epidemic of 1833, Adria Starr was cared for by a slave named Louis, a man who stayed in Springfield, Kentucky, when anyone with means had fled. A man who passed up the opportunity to escape his bondage and instead tended to the sick and buried the dead. A man who, twelve years later, is being sold by his owners despite his heroic actions. Now nineteen, Adria has never forgotten what Louis did for her. She's determined to find a way to buy Louis's freedom. But in 1840s Kentucky, she'll face an uphill battle.
Based partly on a true story, Ann H. Gabhart's latest historical novel is a tour de force. The vividly rendered town of Springfield and its citizens immerse readers in a story of courage, betrayal, and honor that will stick with them long after they turn the last page.
My take: I really enjoyed this book. I really didn't know much about the cholera epidemic and this peaked my interest. I liked how the author used the slavery issue in this book and how she portrayed slaves as kind people but they were always worried how people would think how they interacted with a small white child even if that child had no one in the world to take care of her. I liked the relationship between Adria and Ruth and how they made a family after the epidemic took their other family. I enjoy historical fiction and I would say that this book is at the top of my list. I did get a bit frustrated at Adria and her choices at times but I enjoyed the book anyway.
I received a review copy of this book from Revell and all opinions are my own.