Seffie began life as a slave, companion to a sickly white girl and privileged to learn to read and write and even speak French. But her life of relative comfort is about to come to an end. Loss and tragedy work hard to drive the joy from Seffie's heart, but she has a drive of her own: to seek a new life in the North. But even if she succeeds, can her guarded heart learn to love again--or is it too late?
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One of the best books I have ever read. You need to read the four Shenandoah Sisters books first, then the four Carolina Cousins. I just had to have all eight of these books to keep and share. These are good christian books. I put these up there with Beverly Lewis books.
I enjoyed ALL of Michael Phillips series dealing with these cousins. I especially like the inclusion of love and care of God in ALL of our lives. I would highly recommend these series: Shenandoah Sisters, Carolina Cousins. All tie in and are same families. Great reading.
As the story continues and we live with this family, you can see that there is a relationship budding between Henry and Josepha and to watch it grow and blossom into a beautiful union is wonderful! I have enjoyed this whole series immensely. Love is not a respecter of age!
Seffie was born a slave. At seven years old or about she is bought by Peter Mesiner as a companion to his sickly eight year old daughter Grace who suffers from the after effect of scarlet fever. Grace may now be blind and her heart very weak, but she loves to read so Peter buys Seffie and takes her to his Louisiana home. Life seems good to Seffie who learns to read and even to speak French, but as before when she and her brother were accused of arson by their previous owner who sold them to punish them by separating them from their mother, life intercedes and she is gone again.In 1869 in Greens Crossing, North Carolina the Ku Klux Klan secret mens vigilante club set afire the home of free Blackman Henry Paterson for no apparent reason except the color of his skin. He and Seffie, though victims of many heartbreaks and tragedies caused by god-faring righteous individuals, are attracted to one another, but too many unfair and unjust setbacks make any relationship between them unlikely.The third Carolina Cousins historical tale (see A PERILOUS PROPOSAL and THE SOLDIERS LADY) brings home the plight of free blacks just after the Civil War is over and they have been emancipated yet with few real rights. Seffie is terrific lead character as she has learned lifes lessons that the powerful can do anything to impoverish people and that tragedy is the norm. Whereas she fears close relationships, Henry remains optimistic for the future and willing to risk his life in spite of the threatened vigilante injustice of the KKK to lynch or burn him. Together enhanced by a strong cast they make an inspiring Reconstruction Era thriller.Harriet Klausner