Come to the Oaks: The Story of Ben and Tobias

Come to the Oaks: The Story of Ben and Tobias

by Bryan T. Clark

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Come to the Oaks: The Story of Ben and Tobias by Bryan T. Clark

Winner of the 2017 Rainbow Award for BEST GAY HISTORICAL
Lambda Literary Award Finalist for 2017 BEST GAY ROMANCE


In 1845, as America is drowning in its own racial conflict, in a time when forbidden love has to remain a secret, can two young men find love when one has everything to lose, and the other has nothing?

For Tobias, a young African man, life has ended before it began. Snatched abruptly from his homeland and enslaved into the Antebellum South, grand homes and majestic oak trees meant little to him. Now he is considered the property of other men, but his spirit would not be broken.

The awkward Benjamin Nathanael Lee lives a privileged life. His father owns the largest tobacco plantation south of the Mason Dixon line. Ben wants little to do with the harsh realities of running a plantation-that is, until he meets Tobias, the one person that changes everything for him.

Wealth, greed, and power brought them together. The same now threatens to separate them forever. The two men are on the verge of losing the one thing that matters: their love for one another. Against the odds, they steal off and embark on a journey to find freedom: the freedom to love one another and to live a life without the chains of slavery.

Come to the Oaks is the tale of a forbidden romance-a love forged by two young men as they journey through a land that is tearing itself apart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997056235
Publisher: Cornbread Publishing
Publication date: 03/06/2017
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Bryan Thomas Clark is a funny, loving, family-oriented, and proud member of the LGBTQ community. After twenty-seven years in law enforcement, Bryan retired in 2015 to focus on his writing full time. He is the author of two previous Male/Male Romance novels: Ancient House of Cards and Before Sunrise. In his work, he is known to push the boundaries with brilliantly crafted stories of friendship, love, complicated relationships, and challenges all woven into a hard-earned happily-ever-after. In 2014, Ancient House of Cards was nominated for GOODREADS M/M ROMANCE 2014 Best Debut book of the year, and sold in seven countries its first year. Before Sunrise received a five-star review from USA Today, earning Bryan the high praise of a 'Master Storyteller'.

Behind his computer, working on his next novel, Bryan writes Male/Male Romance with an emphasis on moral dilemma. His multicultural characters and riveting plots embody real life, filled with challenges, personal growth, and, of course, what we all desire-love.

When Bryan isn't writing, he enjoys traveling, lying by a body of water soaking up the sun, and watching a good movie while snuggled up with his husband and their loyal companion (Nettie the Sheepadoodle) on the couch.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Bryan has made his home and life in the Central Valley of California.

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Come to the Oaks: The Story of Ben and Tobias 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want more! This delicately and sensitively written novel was an interesting, happy, sad period piece. Very well done. Easy to connect with the characters and was a nicely consistent, character-driven story. I would love this to be either the first in a series or at least find these characters again in this time period with new and more "issues."
44BrianDouglas More than 1 year ago
COME TO THE OAKS by Bryan T. Clark I loved this book! I loved the characters! I loved the intrigue! I loved the passion! I loved the ending! Mamadou Masamba, in a raid by slave traders, is violently ripped from his village and family in West Africa, chained and thrown into the cargo hold of a ship and carried across the turbulent seas to America. He is a prisoner of the white slave traders of the Antebellum South. Mamadou, in poor health and imprisoned and chained in a cell, fearing for his life, despairs over the family he was torn from and wonders if they are still alive. He is about to be sold to a plantation owner’s son and his life is going to change in ways he could never imagine. Benjamin Nathaniel Lee, a rich plantation owner’s son is about to purchase his first slave. Ben hates the idea of slavery, but must conform to his father’s wishes and pressures to do his best to prepare himself for the day when he will be the master of the plantation. At the trade market, Ben sees Mamadou and is mysteriously attracted to him. Ben decides to purchase Mamadou in spite of his father’s protest that buying a sickly slave will only create a financial burden for the planation. Ben succeeds in convincing his father that this is the slave he wants. With this purchase, Ben, unknowingly has set out on a journey of forbidden love and extreme danger in a struggle to escape to freedom. Bryan Clark masterfully tells the story of how these two men, one white, one black, one free, one enslaved, become friends and fall in love under impossible circumstances in an environment filled with greed, fear, hatred and the threat of death. Ben and Mamadou, who has been given the plantation name Tobias must find a way to survive and share their love for one another without being discovered. They live with the constant danger of being discovered and have to go to extremes to protect one another, often being apart to keep suspicion at bay. Ben and Tobias, deeply in love, are determined to find freedom, far away from the plantation. Tobias hears talk in the slave quarters about following the north star to freedom. Ben learns from townsfolk and others that slavery is over in the North. There are whispers about something called the underground railroad. Mr. Clark is a craftsman in developing a compelling storyline filled with interesting and intriguing characters. There is a depth of understanding and compassion in each of his characters that is undeniable and keeps the story moving forward. As a reader, you become so involved with the characters and the tension that is inherent in the story that you are transported emotionally into the drama as if you were there. I could hardly put the book down! I highly recommend this Come To The Oaks. You will thoroughly enjoy the journey Mr. Clark takes you on as he tells the story of how Ben and Tobias find their way to love and freedom. 44BrianDouglas
44BrianDouglas More than 1 year ago
COME TO THE OAKS by Bryan T. Clark I loved this book! I loved the characters! I loved the intrigue! I loved the passion! I loved the ending! Mamadou Masamba, in a raid by slave traders, is violently ripped from his village and family in West Africa, chained and thrown into the cargo hold of a ship and carried across the turbulent seas to America. He is a prisoner of the white slave traders of the Antebellum South. Mamadou, in poor health and imprisoned and chained in a cell, fearing for his life, despairs over the family he was torn from and wonders if they are still alive. He is about to be sold to a plantation owner’s son and his life is going to change in ways he could never imagine. Benjamin Nathaniel Lee, a rich plantation owner’s son is about to purchase his first slave. Ben hates the idea of slavery, but must conform to his father’s wishes and pressures to do his best to prepare himself for the day when he will be the master of the plantation. At the trade market, Ben sees Mamadou and is mysteriously attracted to him. Ben decides to purchase Mamadou in spite of his father’s protest that buying a sickly slave will only create a financial burden for the planation. Ben succeeds in convincing his father that this is the slave he wants. With this purchase, Ben, unknowingly has set out on a journey of forbidden love and extreme danger in a struggle to escape to freedom. Bryan Clark masterfully tells the story of how these two men, one white, one black, one free, one enslaved, become friends and fall in love under impossible circumstances in an environment filled with greed, fear, hatred and the threat of death. Ben and Mamadou, who has been given the plantation name Tobias must find a way to survive and share their love for one another without being discovered. They live with the constant danger of being discovered and have to go to extremes to protect one another, often being apart to keep suspicion at bay. Ben and Tobias, deeply in love, are determined to find freedom, far away from the plantation. Tobias hears talk in the slave quarters about following the north star to freedom. Ben learns from townsfolk and others that slavery is over in the North. There are whispers about something called the underground railroad. Mr. Clark is a craftsman in developing a compelling storyline filled with interesting and intriguing characters. There is a depth of understanding and compassion in each of his characters that is undeniable and keeps the story moving forward. As a reader, you become so involved with the characters and the tension that is inherent in the story that you are transported emotionally into the drama as if you were there. I could hardly put the book down! I highly recommend this Come To The Oaks. You will thoroughly enjoy the journey Mr. Clark takes you on as he tells the story of how Ben and Tobias find their way to love and freedom. 44BrianDouglas