The Underground Railroad Brides Collection: 9 Couples Navigate the Road to Freedom Before the Civil War

The Underground Railroad Brides Collection: 9 Couples Navigate the Road to Freedom Before the Civil War

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ISBN-13: 9781683226321
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 513,997
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Barbara Tifft Blakey lives in the Pacific Northwest on five wooded acres with Terry, her husband of forty-plus years. She is best known for her award-winning, literature-inspired, language arts program, Total Language Plus, which she created over twenty years ago, and is used by thousands of homeschoolers. Barbara teaches Sunday school and enjoys speaking on various topics to Christian women’s groups. She and her husband have four grown children and five grandchildren. She enjoys camping at the ocean and is an avid soccer fan. During the day-light challenged winter months, she reads, crochets, bakes, and plots her next novel.

RAMONA K. CECIL is a wife, mother, grandmother, freelance poet, and award-winning inspirational romance writer. Now empty nesters, she and her husband make their home in Indiana. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers Indiana Chapter, her work has won awards in a number of inspirational writing contests. Over eighty of her inspirational verses have been published on a wide array of items for the Christian gift market. She enjoys a speaking ministry, sharing her journey to publication while encouraging aspiring writers. When not writing, her hobbies include reading, gardening, and visiting places of historical interest.



LYNN A. COLEMAN is an award winning and bestselling author of Key West and other books. She began her writing and speaking career with how to utilize the Internet. Since October 1998, when her first fiction novel sold she's sold 38 books and novellas. Lynn is also the founder of American Christian Fiction Writers Inc. and served as the group's first president for two years and two years on the Advisory Board. One of her primary reasons for starting ACFW was to help writers to develop their writing skills and to encourage others to go deeper in their relationship with God. "God has given me a gift, but it is my responsibility to develop that gift."  Some of her other interests are photography, camping, cooking, and boating. Having grown up on Martha’s Vineyard, she finds water to be very exciting and soothing. She can sit and watch the waves for hours. If time permitted she would like to travel.  She makes her home in Keystone Heights, Florida, where her husband of 42 years serves as pastor of Friendship Bible Church. Together they are blessed with three children, two living and one in glory, and eight grandchildren.
 




PATTY SMITH HALL is an award-winning, multi-published author with Love Inspired Historical and Heartsong/Harlequin.  She currently serves as president of the ACFW-Atlanta chapter and is active on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. She calls North Georgia her home which she shares with her husband of 30+ years, Danny; two gorgeous daughters and a future son-in-love. Visit her website at www.pattysmithhall.com. 
 


Debby Lee was raised in the cozy little town of Toledo, Washington. She has been writing since she was a small child, and has written several novels, but never forgets home. The Northwest Christian Writers Association and Romance Writers of America are two organizations that Debby enjoys being a part of. As a self professed nature lover, and an avid listener of 1960's folk music, Debby can't help but feel like a hippie child who wasn't born soon enough to attend Woodstock. She wishes she could run barefoot all year long, but often does anyway in the grass and on the beaches in her hamlet that is the cold and rainy southwest Washington. During football season, Debby cheers on the Seattle Seahawks along with legions of other devoted fans. She's also filled with wanderlust and dreams of visiting Denmark, Italy, and Morocco someday.  Debby loves connecting with her readers through her website at www.booksbydebbylee.com
 


While Penny Zeller has had a love for writing since childhood, she began her adult writing career penning articles for national and regional publications. Today, Penny is a multi-published, award-winning author of inspirational books. She is a homeschool mom of two and actively devotes her time to coaching homeschool P.E. and teaching at her local homeschool co-op. Her passion is to assist and nurture women and children into a closer relationship with Christ. When Penny is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children while camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, running, gardening, and playing volleyball.
 

Table of Contents

Emma Underground Barbara Tifft Blakey 7

Follow the Christmas Star Ramona K. Cecil 59

Under the Sails of Love Lynn A. Coleman 109

The Bakery Bride Cecelia Dowdy 153

A Place of Refuge Patty Smith Hall 203

Free to Love Terri J. Haynes 247

The Winter Quilt Debby Lee 289

The Song of Hearts Set Free Darlene Panzera 335

Freedoms Flight Penny Zeller 387

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The Underground Railroad Brides Collection: 9 Couples Navigate the Road to Freedom Before the Civil War 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Stardust_Fiddle 8 months ago
This romance collection includes nine novellas which each focus on the Underground Railroad. The settings are diverse and range from 1840 to 1860, including states in both the North and the South. Something that I really enjoyed and found particularly interesting was that the characters represented such a distinct breadth; in some cases they were abolitionists, as expected, but some were free blacks or even slaves themselves. Because the stories were so short, the climax and denouement occurred quickly, somewhat curtailing the suspense, which is my only grievance. It would have been exciting to see each tale as a novel-length work or even to have them all woven together into a single narrative. Despite the obviously somber backdrop, none of the stories include graphic details, and they are all clean. The gravity of the risks that those helping the freedom seekers took is one of the driving themes, and it also parallels that of the apostles and the early Christian church. The position that lawmen found themselves in, forced to uphold unjust laws regardless of their personal beliefs, was an aspect that I had never really considered before. Strong female protagonists throughout the stories demonstrated that they were just as involved as the men, even if they at first stumbled upon the underground railroad’s workings unintentionally, as was the case in two of my favorites: “Follow the Christmas Star” and “The Winter Quilt.” This collection will appeal to anyone looking for an inspirational read that provides shining examples of faith under fire that are certainly pertinent in today’s increasingly secular society. Thanks to NetGalley for providing an e-copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Emma 10 months ago
The Underground Railroad Brides Collection: by Barbara Tifft Blake,Ramona K. Cecil,Lynn A. Coleman,Cecelia Dowdy,Patty Smith Hall,Terri J. Haynes,Debby Lee,Darlene Panzera and Penny Zeller 9 Couples Navigate the Road to Freedom Before the Civil War Love Guides Hearts Along the Road to Freedom Nine historical couples walk the road to love even as they dare to escape and help others break free from the injustices of slavery between 1849 and 1860. From Southern states of Georgia and South Carolina to above the Mason-Dixon Line in Indiana and Pennsylvania, they work within the network known as the Underground Railroad. Emma Underground by Barbara Tifft Blakey Follow the Christmas Star by Ramona K. Cecil Under the Sails of Love by Lynn A. Coleman The Bakery Bride by Cecelia Dowdy Place of Refuge by Patty Smith Hall Free to Love by Terri J. Haynes The Winter Quilt by Debby Lee The Song of Hearts Set Free by Darlene Panzera Freedom’s Flight by Penny Zeller There is hope for the future when people come together to fight evil, and when men and women find love in the midst of great challenges. And through it all, faith is the key to victory in these stories from nine inspiring Christian authors. Emma Underground by Barbara Tifft Blakey Schenectady, New York—1851 Emma Trebor desires to reconcile with her husband, but he is hiding something from her. How could she know the investigator she hires is secretly a bounty hunter and her husband is his target? this is Emma and Paul Trebor's story. Follow the Christmas Star by Ramona K. Cecil Madison, Indiana—1850 Deeply involved in the abolitionist movement, Edith Applegate struggles to reconcile her desire to help bring people out of bondage and her growing affection for a former Southern slave owner. this is Edith Applegate and Wade's story. Under the Sails of Love by Lynn A. Coleman Savannah, Georgia—1860 Charlotte Kimbrel, a Southern Belle, has been smuggling slaves. Captain Zachery Browne’s ship sails slaves to freedom. Hostilities between the states are developing. Will Charlotte successfully travel the Underground Railroad by sea? this is Charlotte Kimbrel and Captain Zachery Browne's story. The Bakery Bride by Cecelia Dowdy Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—1859 Grieving over her beau’s unjustified death, Ruth—a recently manumitted slave who is illiterate—assists her upper-class boss as an abolitionist. Can she heal from the pain of slavery and learn to love again? this is Ruth and Joseph 's story. Place of Refuge by Patty Smith Hall Abbeville, South Carolina—1857 Underground conductor Hudson Wallace is surprised when Jorgine Emerson asks him to transport her slaves to freedom, but is it a trap? Can Jorgine’s deep conviction win Hudson over? this is Jorgine Emerson and Hudson Wallace's story. Free to Love by Terri J. Haynes East Towson, Maryland—1850 Winnie is hiding a secret—Hiram, a fugitive. Their lives cross at an Underground Railroad station. Can they overcome danger and find freedom in love? Winnie starts having feeling for the Hiram this is Winnie and Hiram's story. The Winter Quilt by Debby Lee Newport, Indiana—1840 Relocated to an unfamiliar town, Coral Martin yearns for stability. Carpenter Josiah Williamson helps her find meaning working on the Underground Railroad. Will their love survive when forces threaten to tear them apart forever? this is Coral Martin and Josiah Williamson's story. The Song of Hearts Set Free by Darlene Panzera Jersey City, New Jersey—1851 Budding ab
EThompson More than 1 year ago
Nine stories by nine different authors in this collection gives us a glimpse of what it might have been like in our country before the Civil War in regard to slavery. Each author uses their own style to remind us of the risks abolitionists took to free slaves and get them to safety. We learn also of the risk freed slaves took to remain in this country and live in even a modicum of safety. One overriding take away was in these days it was difficult for abolitionists to know who to trust. Even couples doubted each other. The laws were on the bounty hunter's side and some lawmen struggled with that fact. Reading of never ending pursuit and cruelty makes us ponder once again how man could be so inhumane toward others. Love of humanity and their love of God prevailed as stated on the back cover: "There is hope for the future when people come together to fight evil and when mean and women find love in the midst of great challenges. And through it all, faith is the key to victory ..."
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Title: The Underground Railroad Brides Collection 9 Couples Navigate the Road to Freedom Before the Civil War Authors: Barbara Tifft Blakey, Ramona K. Cecil, Lynn A. Coleman, Cecelia Dowdy, Patty Smith Hall, Terri J. Haynes, Debby Lee, Darlene Panzera, Penny Zeller Publisher: Barbour Books Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review: " The Underground Railroad Brides Collection 9 Couples Navigate the Road to Freedom Before the Civil War" By Authors: Barbara Tifft Blakey, Ramona K. Cecil, Lynn A. Coleman, Cecelia Dowdy, Patty Smith Hall, Terri J. Haynes, Debby Lee, Darlene Panzera, Penny Zeller My Thoughts..... "Nine historical couples walk the road to love even as they dare to escape and help others break free from the injustices of slavery between 1849 and 1860. From Southern states of Georgia and South Carolina to above the Mason-Dixon Line in Indiana and Pennsylvania, they work within the network known as the Underground Railroad." Emma Underground by Barbara Tifft Blakey A beautiful love story as a wife who wants to reconciles with her husband. What had happened up to this point to caused this situation for Emma and Paul? Follow the Christmas Star by Ramona K. Cecil How will 'Edith Applegate struggles to reconile her desire to help bring people out of bondage and her growing affection for a former Southern slave owner' all turn out for her in the end? Under the Sails of Love by Lynn A. Coleman What happens when Charlotte Kimbrel finds herself traveling the Underground Railroad by sea on Captain Zachery Browne’s ship? The Bakery Bride by Cecelia Dowdy Will Ruth be able to get over her grieving for Thomas? Will she accept a new love as she heals from the pain of slavery and learn to love again? Place of Refuge by Patty Smith Hall What will happen when Hudson Wallace is asked by Jorgine Emerson to help her transport her slaves to freedom? Free to Love by Terri J. Haynes What happens as Winnie starts having feeling for the Hiram, who was a fugitive as their lives cross at an Underground Railroad station? Will they be able to overcome danger and find freedom in love? The Winter Quilt by Debby Lee What happens when Coral Martin after moving with her parents will want to help Josiah Williamson with the working of the Underground Railroad movement? The Song of Hearts Set Free by Darlene Panzera Will Annie Morrison, discovers the man she’s fallen in love with may be a slave catcher in disguise? Freedom’s Flight by Penny Zeller Why did the Reverend Matthias Sorenson who assisted in runaway slaves need assurance that Annalise Van Houten is to be trusted? Now to get all of these questions and so much more answered you will have to pick up this Barbour novella collections of 'The Underground Railroad Brides' to get all of the answers. I found each of these stories so very well written even though some of the reads for me were somewhat painful in all that its particular story was about. It was very hard reading the lengths both the slaves [runner] and conductors went through in helping these slaves get their freedom. I will also say I did learn a lot from the read especially in finding out how important Canada was the freed slave. Overall I will say this was a pleasant read. I would have liked to have known a little more about the research accuracy for each of these historical reads. However, one can tell from the reads that these authors really put in a lots of work in bringing all of this out to the reader in all of the
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
“There is hope for the future when people come together to fight evil and when men and women find love in the midst of great challenges. And through it all, faith is the key to victory in these stories from nine inspiring Christian authors.”~ from the back blurb I especially love the Barbour novella collections because I often get to meet new-to-me authors, as was such the case here. I knew only two in this one and was pleasantly surprised by the other seven. I also love when the writers collaborate together in keeping one theme throughout. Since I don't know much about the Underground Railroad in our history, it was interesting to learn some of the inner workings through the characters in each book. I could feel the fear and trepidation of getting caught, but yet their heart for aiding slaves to freedom compelled them to risk life and limb. I can't imagine the lengths both the slaves and conductors went to to assure success, what a time of fear it must have been! Only faith in God could sustain each one and ministering to slaves made it all worthwhile. Since I'm a romantic at heart, my other favorite part is seeing each couple fall in love and unite together in one mutual cause. I loved each story as the authors brought their own unique writers voice to the mix. Reading about history through the pages of fiction is always a fun way for me to learn! * I received a complimentary copy from one of the authors in this collection and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. All opinions expressed here are my own. *
Christianfictionandmore More than 1 year ago
Nine authors each penned one of the stories in this historical, romance collection. Some of the featured couples are freedom seekers, but many are among those aiding them. It is encouraging to see how God brings out love in the hardest of circumstances. I gave two of the stories 5 stars, three 4 stars, three 3 stars, and one 1 star. Eight of the stories had interesting plots, five of which were well written, and three of which seemed to have been written by less experienced but promising authors. I would have appreciated author's notes on some of the stories to know more about the research in order to ascertain the historical accuracy. For example, were slaves allowed to find additional work and to keep the money they earned, and were some slaves given permission to live in boarding houses for which they paid rent. Overall this book was a pleasant read.