Title: Red Sky over America (Ladies of Oberlin #1)
Author: Tamera Lynn Kraft
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing Inc.
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This is a debut novel that readers won’t soon forget by a brand-new author! The story begins in the year 1857 in Ohio where a young lady named America, called Merry, attends a college started by Albert Finney and considered liberal for its time. Originally, America came from Kentucky, which had much less liberal leanings and expected people to stay in their station of life. Yet, America feels called to go to China even if she must go alone.
William is following in his father’s footsteps, preparing to be a preacher and then go to China. William’s father and mother are gone and being an abolitionist, he plans on preaching against slavery during winter break in Kentucky. What he wants to preach about, and the various groups he encounters keeps the story extremely interesting.
America’s father is a former officer who makes future plans with or without Merry’s approval. William and Merry both are attending the same college and will graduate the same year, but what their future holds is one question that continues during the tale. I found the author’s ability to tell a story very engaging and filled with action, danger, adventure and twists!
I enjoyed how the author brings Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel into the book and how it was already being widely read or not read. The antagonist is a man who is used to getting his way and running over anybody. His rage is taken out on people who he sees as less than human, or even those who are undermining his plans. His name? Well, let’s see when you read the book if he doesn’t stand out quickly to you or if you think another character is the antagonist.
A good book to curl up and enjoy!
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