Since the age of four, Haley Whitehall always wanted to be a writer. She went to Central Washington University and majored in her other favorite subject: history. She has social studies and library endorsements. Now she pairs her two passions into writing historical fiction set in the nineteenth century U.S. She writes "out of the box" stories. Forgotten history and the complexities of human nature inspire her characters and plots. Mark Twain serves as her writing mentor. Haley loves coffee a little too much. Perhaps that is why she is a night owl. Cats, a good book, and a view of the mountains make her happy. She blogs at HaleyWhitehall.com or you can follow her on Twitter @HaleyWhitehall.
Living Half Freeby Haley Whitehall
When Zachariah, a naïve mulatto slave, is sold to a Kentucky slave trader, and separated from his ma and sister, he realizes the true meaning of not having rights. Singled out for abuse by his new master’s sadistic son, he dreams of only one thing: escape. He thinks he’s found it when he falls in love with a Cherokee woman from a powerful family,… See more details below
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When Zachariah, a naïve mulatto slave, is sold to a Kentucky slave trader, and separated from his ma and sister, he realizes the true meaning of not having rights. Singled out for abuse by his new master’s sadistic son, he dreams of only one thing: escape. He thinks he’s found it when he falls in love with a Cherokee woman from a powerful family, under whose direction he learns to pass as white. But it’s not long before he discovers that freedom that’s based on a lie will only get him so far. While struggling to find his place in the world, he also wrestles within his heart to realize his faith. This faith is tested when his slave past catches up with him, and threatens everyone he cares for. He must decide whether slavery is the price he’s willing to pay for his family’s freedom.
Reading Level: Adult
Length: 97,500 words
- Expanding Horizons Press
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This novel made me recall a college history course I took in which we talked about the “one drop rule” where if you had even one drop of African blood, you were legally considered black. The professor remarked that there were a lot of blond haired, blue eyed, black people in America. This particular story about Zachariah, a slave with a Caucasian appearance, and his quest for freedom conjured up many emotions. It is precisely because of this that I thought Ms. Whitehall did an excellent job of character development. In many places in the story, I could almost imagine what Zachariah felt and what he was experiencing even though I’ve never had any personal experiences even remotely like his. I ultimately thought the story came down to personal sacrifice as Zachariah risked everything for his family time and again. I would highly recommend this novel and am looking forward to reading other material from Ms. Whitehall.
I received this book in exchange for a review. This was a difficult book to read because of the subject matter. The honesty of how slaves were treated is shattering. To think that human beings were treated that way is horrific. Zachariah is a good character who does his best what is for the most part a bad situation. The book is well written and thought provoking.