Red Sky over America
Series: Ladies of Oberlin #1
Published by Desert Breeze
Publication Date February 11, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction
Setting: Kentucky Civil War Era - US - 1849-1865
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
William and America confront evil, but will it costs them everything?
In 1857, America, the daughter of a slave owner, is an abolitionist and a student at Oberlin College, a school known for its radical ideas. America goes home to Kentucky during school break to confront her father about freeing his slaves.
America's classmate, William, goes to Kentucky to preach abolition to churches that condone slavery. America and William find themselves in the center of the approaching storm sweeping the nation and may not make it home to Ohio or live through the struggle.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
If you have ever wondered what it was like to be caught up in the issue of slavery before the Civil War, this book is for you. Author Tamera Lynn Kraft tells this story from multiple perspectives giving a wide range of opinions and the reasoning behind them. Though the story is primarily told from America’s and William’s viewpoints, there are small sections told from the perspective of one of the slaves and of a slave owner.
The characters were richly developed and their motivations were very clear. Both America and William made some mistakes and misunderstood each other, despite having good intentions, which made them perfect for the story.
“Seeing” firsthand what it was like in Kentucky at this time, and the various struggles that everyone faced related to survival and slavery was very interesting. The story was a rich adventure and while it wasn’t quite one that I couldn’t put down, it kept my interest to the very end.
Although it is not described in detail, the story does talk about the reprehensible treatment of some female slaves by their male masters as well as the general cruelty to all the slaves, so I would be cautious about giving this book to a younger reader. There is other violence as well.