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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Candle in the Darkness...Review

About the book:
The daughter of a wealthy slave-holding family from Richmond, Virginia, Caroline Fletcher is raised in a culture that believes slavery is God-ordained and biblically acceptable. But upon awakening to the cruelty and injustice it encompasses, Caroline's eyes are opened for the first time to the men and women who have cared tirelessly for her. Her journey of maturity and faith will draw her into the abolitionist movement, where she is confronted with the risks and sacrifices her beliefs entail.

Amazing. Probably one of the best books I've read in quite awhile. It's the first of a 3-part series and I plan on reading them all.

Set in Richmond, Virginia during the Civil War, the story follows Caroline Fletcher, the privileged daughter of a wealthy slave owner. As Caroline grows up, she realizes that her views of slavery differ from many others, including her father. Her slaves are people, human beings with lives and feelings. They are her friends and become her family. She wants them all to be free.

As the war progresses, and her father, fiance and cousins go off to fight, Caroline remains at home, with the family slaves. They work together to survive. Believing that slavery is wrong, and fighting the conflicting loyalty to family and country, Caroline begins a remarkable adventure as she passes military information to the North. This decision has painful consequences for her, but she trusts in God that what she is doing is right.

The character development is terrific. I loved Eli and Tessie, and their love and loyalty to Missy Caroline. At times they seemed too good to be true in their faith, especially when separated from their own family members who were owned by others. But, the story is compelling. I could not put it down.

Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 7/08

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5/5 Stars


  1. Hi Holly! I found you through Good Reads and wanted to visit your blog. I'm always interested in what other people have to say about certain books - I almost have to read reviews on a particular book before buying them. I will be bookmarking your blog.

    P.S. I do love the Harry Potter series - haven't read all of them yet, but I plan on it. Thanks for your reviews!

  2. Loved this book - from your recommendation. Thanks!