One is born free, yet lives as a soul in bondage...
Lydia Harper never intended to purchase a slave. But when she witnesses a woman being beaten in the street, all her pretenses begin to unravel. A bride to a man she barely knows and bound by her secrets, Lydia will risk everything to save a stranger. Amid the War Between the States, the mistress of Ironwood faces the battles in her own heart and discovers strength in a way she never imagined.
The other is born to serve, yet holds the spirit of freedom...
Ruth, standing on the threshold of desperation, has lost everything she holds dear. After being pulled from the dirt, she is no longer a field hand but the personal maid to the lady of Ironwood. Ruth soon realizes adversity pays no mind to the color of skin. When propriety slips, she discovers they have more in common than she dreamed possible. In a time when fear brings the South to its knees, two women will forge a friendship in the fires of redemption and thrust Ironwood into a new future - where the battle for freedom has merely begun.
|Publisher:||By the Vine Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.82(d)|
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This books as well as its sequel, Heir of Hope, are two of the best books I have read that take place during the time of the Civil War. In this book the author has written a story with characters so real I felt like I was living the story with them. After I started it, I read it in one setting because I could not put it down. The author also has captured in a very real way the spirit of that time. I definitely look forward to reading more from this author.
Oh my wow! Talk about a book that swallowed me whole--hook, line, and sinker! Thankfully Heir of Hope is sitting next on my TBR pile so I can jump right back into the world again to check on all the characters. I am not ready to let them go! One of the most amazing things about this story was how vividly Stephenia McGee was able to create the setting and develop the characters so that you couldn't help but feel as if you were standing right in the midst of it all. My heart-rate fluctuated right along with Lydia and Ruth each step of the way! This was one of those books that you don't merely read, but experience. And that my friends, is the mark of a great book! I appreciated that while the characters may have stepped outside of the stereotypical mold for the time period, they were still realistic and believable. Real, permanent change can't truly happen until people are able to look outside of themselves and consider others with love and compassion. One of the most thought-provoking quotes for me was: "Strange how she always thought being equal would make them like her. She'd never considered giving up her place to be like them." Lydia realized that part of making life easier for the people in her home, was to be willing to carry part of their burdens. Kindness was not enough, and true friendship was not possible unless she was willing to humble herself. Her journey to this realization was a remarkable thing to witness. I don't think I could say enough wonderful things about this book! If you haven't read it yet I highly recommend you give it a read! I'm off to read the next in the series so I'm sure you'll hear my thoughts on that one as well very soon :)
by Andrea Renee Cox So many authors write Christian fiction these days that it’s nearly impossible to keep up. One way I discover new-to-me authors is by participating in group reads in one of the online book clubs I’m a member of. That’s how I came across The Whistle Walk by Stephenia H. McGee. The Whistle Walk is a Civil War tale of a bride becoming the Lady of Ironwood. Lydia struggles to find her proper place as a wife, hostess, and slave owner. Just as she begins to make sense of things, a war rips apart the country and turns everything inside out. Will Lydia be able to keep her beloved Ironwood Plantation in one piece—and its slave in their place—until her husband returns home from battle? Or will the various trials she faces prove more than her inner strength can withstand? This book was quite a surprise to me. It’s a beautiful story of family, honor, and pushing beyond the boundaries society demands we adhere to. Faith in God also played an important role, which is always a key feature of Christian fiction that I enjoy. It was interesting to see the different points of view during the Civil War, from the lady of a plantation to the slaves who kept the place running to a soldier in the war. Each role was delivered perfectly, giving me a pretty complete idea of what it would have been like to live at that time. The only thing I disliked about this book is how much sexual relations were hinted at. For that reason, I cannot recommend it for anyone under the age of eighteen. However, I did greatly enjoy the journey Lydia (and others) made through The Whistle Walk. I only hope I am blessed with as much strength and courage as she possessed, should the need arise.