Genre: historical fiction, African American literature
Where Freedom Rings: A Tale of the Underground Railroad by Steven Donahue follows a family as they attempt to escape slavery. Kelsa and her husband, Wade, are slaves in the household of Jackson Mallard. They and their sons live in constant fear of punishments because violence toward slaves is a common occurrence. When a slave from another plantation visits, Kelsa learns that there are ways of escaping from the torment of their life of slavery. Wishing for a better life for her sons and freedom for herself and her family, Kelsa makes a plan for them to escape. But their journey to freedom is not an easy one. Hardship follows them on their journey, from disasters to slave hunters. Despite the risks, Kelsa longs for her family to finally know freedom.
Steven Donahue has written an excellent story of a family risking their lives to find freedom in Where Freedom Rings: A Tale of the Underground Railroad. Around every corner is a new trial or fear, which kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next and if Kelsa and her family would make it to the North. Kelsa was a strong female character who loved her family, and although afraid, she was willing to risk her life to give her sons a better one. I quickly fell in love with her. The story was full of action, but it also showed the emotional nightmare that came with escaping slavery, such as the fear of getting caught, which made it easy to identify with the characters and their plight. I think the author did a great job of telling a tale of the harshness of slavery, the intense desire for freedom, and the obstacles that slaves faced in trying to attain their freedom. I loved this story and highly recommend reading it.
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