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The Hidden Light of Northern Fire
by Daren Wang
Historical Fiction
From The Jacket:Rooted in the history of the only secessionist town north of the Mason Dixon Line, Daren Wang's The Hidden Light of Northern Fires tells a story of redemption amidst a war that tore families and the country apart. Mary Willis has always been an outcast, an abolitionist in a town of bounty hunters and anti-Union farmers. After college, she dreams of exploring the country, but is obligated to take over the household duties and management of her familyís farm, while her brother Leander avoids his own responsibilities. Helping runaways is the only thing that makes her life in Town Line bearable. When escaped slave Joe Bell collapses in her fatherís barn, Mary is determined to help him cross to freedom in nearby Canada. But the wounded fugitive is haunted by his vengeful owner, who relentlessly hunts him up and down the country, and his sister, still trapped as a slave in the South. As the countryside is riled by the drumbeat of civil war, rebels and soldiers from both sides bring intrigue and violence of the brutal war to the town and the farm, and threaten to destroy all that Mary loves.
Set during the Civil War, a story that is interesting and different from the typical tale about the military and fighting aspect of war. Itís well written and focuses on a small NY town close to the Canadian border, which seceded from the Union, and one young womanís passion as she helps slaves escape over the border to safety.
by-Linda 2017/12/17, 12:00 AM
 
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