A Guardian of Slaves by Naomi Finley
Publication Date: January 30, 2019
Huntson Press Inc.
eBook & Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction
Willow Hendricks is now the Lady of Livingston. She manages this plantation with her father and best friend Whitney Barry. The two women continue her parents’ secret abolitionist mission. They use the family’s ships and estates to transport escaped slaves along the channels to freedom. Willow’s love for Bowden Armstrong is as strong as ever, but she is not ready to marry and have a family because of her attention to these noble pursuits. Torn by her love for him, can their bond survive his reluctance to support her efforts with the Underground Railroad?
Meanwhile, whispers among the quarters sing praises of a mysterious man in the swamps helping slaves escape. He is called the Guardian. They believe he will save them from brutal slave catchers and deliver them to the promised land. Masked bandits roam the countryside, but the Guardian and the criminals evade capture. A series of accidents and mysterious disappearances raise alarm throughout the region. Who can Willow and Whitney trust? One false move or slip could endanger the lives of everyone they love and bring ruin to the Livingston Plantation.
My Review: Oh y’all. Oh y’all, this novel.
You may remember me gushing over a book entitled A Slave of the Shadows around this time last year. That novel introduced me to the glorious talents of Naomi Finley, and also ushered me into the life of Willow; a wonderfully refreshing, strong female lead who is determined to use her time in this life to make a much needed change.
A Guardian of Slaves is the next part of Willow’s journey (which I waited oh-so-patiently for.) (NOT.) (How the crap did I survive almost one year waiting for this book?) and finds her as the Lady of Livingston. (Also, you know that feeling when a movie sequel hits the big screen, and the same actors from the first movie have returned? That is how I felt about Whitney still being a part of the story.) (You’ll see what I mean. You’ll love her.) (#teamWhitney!) (I digress.)
Willow and Whitney make a great team, and use the resources at their disposal to continue helping slaves escape to freedom. As with A Slave of the Shadows, there are some tough parts to read; break-your-heart tough. There are moments (many of them) that I found myself cheering everyone on, and other moments that had me holding my breath for fear of what the next page would bring. And then there were questions that loomed large as the plot progressed. Not the least of which, who on God’s green earth is the Guardian?? What happened to Charles? And what’s up with those neighbors, anyway?
A masterful story, a beautifully brilliant tribute to it’s predecessor and a definite recommend.
About the Author
Naomi lives in Northern Alberta. Her love for travel means her suitcase is always on standby while she awaits her next plane ticket and adventure. Her love for history and the Deep South is driven by the several years she spent as a child living in a Tennessee plantation house. She comes from a family of six sisters. She married her high school sweetheart and has two teenage children and two dogs named Ginger and Snaps.
Creativity and passion are the focus of her life. Apart from writing fiction, her interests include interior design, cooking new recipes, throwing lavish dinner parties, movies, health, and fitness.
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