|Jubilee's master ripped her young son, Leon, from her arms and sold him. She knows the occurrence is common among slave owners but she refuses to give up. Escaping from her own master she's become a conduit for others wanting to go north while still searching for her son. Sam has been freed by the man who bought him and now owns his own land. When he finds Jubilee with an injured man and his family his life seems to start changing in ways he can't control.
Janet Quinn takes us on a unique journey through the years before the Civil War when slave hunters seemed to have their way any place they went. The ones depicted here seem like they're probably representative of the whole lot of them.
Sam and Jubilee are excellent characters. Both have seen the worst of what slavery means. Sam has also seen the best but has a hard time convincing Jubilee that any good can be had in the company of white folks. Their strength as people comes through loud and clear even if there are times we would wish Jubilee could have been a bit more patient. Not having lived the life her character has it's easy to see her thoughts and empathize with her feelings.
Ms. Quinn has me hooked on her books. This one isn't quite as strongly written as her others but the story packs power and will evoke emotion in readers of any race. She often tells stories that remind us of things many would rather forget but shouldn't. The good versus evil is obvious without being obnoxious or overbearing.
Reviewer: Dee Dailey
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