Freedom of the Soul

Freedom of the Soul

by Tracey Bateman


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ISBN-13: 9781597892216
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/28/2006
Series: Penbrook Diaries
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Freedom of the Soul 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
The Freedom of the Soul is the stunning sequel to The Color of the Soul, and also the second book in the Penbrook Diaries series. The story was so compelling, and the times so excruciatingly well-portrayed, that I couldn't stop reading. Being a black person in the South--and Georgia in particular--in the 1940s was a terrifying experience. The Klan thrived and the warped sense of justice lived out by the legal systems in the south bred people who thought nothing of lynching others for having 'mixed' relationships. That same system segregated everything from health care to education. This story moved me emotionally on several occasions. The romance was intense and the sense of adventure fantastic. Bateman ties together many loose ends in this novel, and she weaves new threads that are intriguing and well-thought-out. The Freedom of the Soul is similar to a thriller in the sense that you want to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. Just when you think the beloved characters are safe, the Klan shows up again. My nerves were taught as I waited for a horrible fate for the people I'd grown to care so much about. Delight filled my heart as the author found ways to extract the characters from the clutches of a sure death more than once. The faith element was also flawlessly incorporated into the storyline. Bateman has an uncanny ability to bring history to life. I adore her historical fiction and am hopelessly addicted. I highly recommend this page-turning novel and await the next book in the series with anticipation.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1949 Oregon Shea Penbrook feels all alone as she buries her Granddad her fiancé died during the war in the Pacific and her dad not long afterward. At the funeral with her are the preacher she paid and the family helper who asks for his wages. Even before she can get home, her avariciou neighbor Jackson Sable demands she sell the place to him, which she is forced to do by an unfair legal ruling. Going inside her shack, she packs her possessions, but in the attic she finds the diaries of an ancestor who makes her believe she has some African American blood inside her. Lonely she decides to go to Oak Junction, Georgia to find her other roots. Shea is shocked when she sees how blacks are treated as inhuman, but finds solace in the diaries that focus on the love between Mac the offspring of a wealthy white slave owner and Celeste one of their slaves. She wonders who Mac will marry, a white neighbor who condones his having a discrete tryst or the slave who captures his heart though she sort of knows the answer already. Meanwhile she meets Chicago based Jonas Riley who does not trust Shea, but has no choice except to invite the enemy into his home and more. --- The sequel to THE COLOR OF THE SOUL, THE FREEDOM OF THE SOUL, is a fabulous historical thriller that brings to life two eras, the Deep South just after WWII and the Antebellum mid ninetieth century South prior to the Civil War. The prime story line focuses on Shea¿s need to belong to someone and somewhere, but also uses the diaries to tell the story of Mac and Celeste. Readers will appreciate this character driven look at racial relationships while rooting for the best to happen to the deserving Shea. --- Harriet Klausner
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
This is the second installment of The Penbrook Diaries. The first I did a review for already. Both I loved. This book follows Shea Penbrook. After the death of her grandfather she stumbles upon a box of diaries that lead her on a path to finding out about her past and possibly setting herself up for a better future. In this book we see some of the same characters from The Color Of The Soul, the first book of The Penbrook Diaries. This book was just a good as the first. It has so much history and paints such a picture of the past. Once again slavery is brought into the light. This is definitely a great set of books for anyone loving to read historical fiction. So good I couldn't put them down and finished both in days time. Yes, they are that good!...Stormi
SkyMoonLily More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a wonderful read. It was a rich and fantastic story. It was a great follow up to The Color of the Soul. The story had me totally engaged. It was wonderful to see the character Shea Penbrook learn about her heritage and establish a new beginning from it and walk in her destiny. Another fantastic element to the book is the intersecting storylines.They were as fascinating as the main story. It all seemed to connect to make the overall story more alive and full.