Saturday, July 24, 2010

Freedom’s Treasure


Title: Freedom’s Treasure
Author: Janet Quinn
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-695-6
Genre: {M/F} Historical
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Sam is mostly content with his life, a free man who owns his own lands, instead of being one among many slaves. The one thing missing in his life is a wife and maybe some children, yet he keeps to himself and only spent time with his adopted family, when necessary. Then one day while working in the fields, he spies Jubilee walking on his land with two other slaves but one is hurt, unable to keep moving. Jubilee finds her way into Sam’s heart without his realizing it, and he is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her by his side.

Jubilee is a runaway slave who is bent on finding her young son, who was taken away from her and sold at the tender age of four. She has searched for him for years, regardless of how big of a toll it has taken on her life to find him. A mother’s love is a strong bond to a child, but is it enough for her to leave Sam and the love he has for her? With her mistrust of whites, it becomes a battle of wits to stay by his side, and learn to trust others.

Freedom’s Treasure is quite a touching story, and one that tells of what two people must do to survive the dangers that come their way. I found myself wanting to shake some sense into Jubilee at times, but understood her reluctance to trust people with her freedom. Sam continued to surprise me with his torn loyalty between his family and Jubilee, and finally his building anger at her to make her choice.

This book reminded me of the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman, who helped other slaves escape the south. Jubilee found herself helping others get away from masters who abused the women and worked them to death, if needed. I had to side with Jubilee’s anger at one couple’s behavior, after she had done so much for them and her willingness to help them escape.

I enjoyed reading this book by Ms. Quinn, and realized that I have read other of her books too! There is a lot of detailed information given about the characters, properties and their secrets that they hold close to their hearts. If you decided to read this book, be prepared to be taken back to a time that may be a little disturbing to you, due to the abusive handling of the slaves.

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