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Genre: Historical Fiction
A desperate flight from brutal oppression—and everything to lose if it fails…
Two women, one white, the other black, find themselves trapped in bondage on a South Carolina plantation in 1850’s America. Their unique friendship gives each the strength to endure until circumstances threaten not only to rip them apart but to place their very lives in jeopardy. They undertake a harrowing flight with the aid of the Underground Railroad. Will slavery’s powerful tentacles hold them? Or will they find the freedom they crave…
Hello and welcome to The Review Board. Today, Mini Truth will be giving us an inside look at “Last Stop Freedom” by Ann Nolder Heinz.
First, the premise.
I think it’s important to elaborate a bit on the story-line as the blurb doesn’t do much to explain the story. This Historical Novel focuses on the 1850’s during a time where Slavery was a way of life.
Julia and Fanny are two friends in a time where they weren’t even considered equals. Julia saw past their skin color, while Fanny demonstrated an intelligence that most white people did not believe a black woman was capable of having.
Julia is from a humble beginning, having been the daughter of a preacher man from a small town. Julia’s mother died when she was still young, causing Julia’s father to try to raise her by himself. He did the best he could in bringing her up to be a godly woman, and capable wife. However, his shortcomings manifested in the fact that Julia remained naive in many things. One of those things were “the real world”.
Fanny, the daughter of a slave that she’s never met, was too a slave herself. Fanny’s mother also died, having succumb to a terrible fate. Fanny, never knew the experience of what home or family felt like. Bouncing around to various masters, finally Fanny saw herself being purchased by Nathaniel, Julia’s husband to serve as Julia’s handmaiden.
Julia and Fanny have many parallels in their lives; they were both misfits, they were both smarter than the average person, they were both motherless, they were both strong. As things would have it, Julia and Fanny became the best of friends.
Living through love, love lost, trails, tribulations and successes, these two woman form a massively strong bond. More than anything, “Last Stop Freedom” is a story of true friendship in a time of unparalleled hardships.
Overall, “Last Stop Freedom” is a good story. It could be a powerful one with a few adjustments. Following, I’ll give my critiques on what things I thought were great and what things I thought could have been better.
Having said those things, I think “Last Stop Freedom” is a good book with TONS of potential. With a few adjustments this is a story that anyone who loves Historical Fiction would enjoy. Moreover, it’s a story that will stay with you for a while.
I give “Last Stop Freedom” 7.5 TRB Stars. This will translate into 4 stars elsewhere.
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