William and America confront evil, but will it cost them everything? Find out in Red Sky Over America, book one of Tamera Lynn Kraft’s Ladies of Oberlin series. Though the daughter of a slave owner, America is determined to fight for freedom. In her quest to change her father’s mind, America crosses paths with fellow classmate and abolitionist William. Can two young abolitionists make a difference in a divided country . . . and live to tell about it?
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Red Sky Over America (Desert Breeze, February 2018)
In 1857, America, the daughter of a slave owner, is an abolitionist and a student at Oberlin College, a school known for its radical ideas. When America goes home to Kentucky during school break to confront her father about freeing his slaves, America’s classmate, William, tags along to preach abolition to churches that condone slavery. Soon, though, America and William find themselves in the center of the approaching storm sweeping the nation. Will they make it back to Ohio . . . or even live through the struggle?
America is a girl after my own heart. With a slave owning father, and the heart for freeing the slaves, she reminds me of what every single person in America should be. The name is fitting I think. Although the setting for this book is in the mid 1800’s, you can somewhat see the themes in the world today. People thinking they are better than others, treat others like they are not worth anything, and families divided over beliefs. For the most part, American was not willing to back down from her point of view and fought against those who did.
I felt slightly annoyed at her dealings with Harland. She seemed like such a strong character, and able to form good opinions about others, but I felt she was a tad naïve or blind when it came to Harland. I wanted her to push his buttons more. I wanted her to get into big arguments with him. Instead, it seemed as though he just took his words as truth and didn’t give them a second thought. Had it been another character, say her brother’s fiancée for example, she was quick to judge and speak her mind. It almost seemed like she was two different people.
William’s character however was not one to shy away. In fact, I applauded the times when he said he wasn’t backing down from evil. He was a hero in everyway….except for one thing he did with America. But I can’t say too much or it’ll totally spoil the book for you! From their initial conversation on the train I knew that they were two characters that were meant to be together. The fun part was seeing their stories separately more than together. It allowed you to get to know them better as individuals, and what they stood for without the other one hovering. I like reading books this way – makes it all the more enjoyable if the couple ends up together.
Overall I thought this was a great story. The inclusion of a few different point of views added depth and character to the story that enabled you to connect with each part of the plot. I look forward to the next installment of this series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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