Great series, highly recommend it! This is Book #1 in the "Freedom's Path" trilogy.
In 1877 Kansas, prospectors have developed two new towns: Nicodemus is to be settled by former slaves, and Hill City will be inhabited by white folks.
The Harban family, hard-working African-Americans, are disappointed when they arrive in Nicodemus and find that it boasts only "wretched" lean-tos and eight small campsites. Similarly, Samuel Boyle, a white physician from Kentucky, moves his family to Hill City and is stunned when he finds that the supposed "town" is really just "a few houses and several sad-looking buildings."
The womenfolk, especially, yearn for the comforts of civilization, and a few unmarried gals pine for beaux they left behind. But sustained by a strong work ethic and a firm faith in God, the pioneers begin to settle into their new environment. Boyle finds that his medical services are badly needed in Nicodemus, and as he shuttles between the two towns, he and his family begin to develop relationships with some of the black settlers.
Took me a few times to finally get into the story but once I did I was hooked. Is about African Americans settling Kansas. They were lied to about what they were getting into but they made it as comfortable as they could for themselves with the meager supplies they had.
I absoutely loved Macia's character and Harvey's character as they come to appreciate why their father moved them there.
Highly recommended and i'm looking forward to reading the 2nd in the series.
Freedom's Path Book 1 Lured by the promise of "real" freedom and a new town to call their own, sharecroppers Ezekial Harban and his three daughters leave behind remnants of slavery in the war-torn south and set off for Nicodemus, Kansas. When they arrive, they are shocked to see that little of what they were promised actually exists. Many head back home, but Ezekial and his daughters are determined to build a new life in the stark territory. Dr. Boyle, a newly arrived doctor in neighboring Hill City, is called to deliver a baby in Nicodemus. He and his family are moved by the plight of the settlers there and vow to help. But the white pioneers of Hill City face problems, too. When the lives of these two families intersect, neither town will ever be the same.
I loved the first book and cannot wait to finish the series. Altho the author states that this is not a historical documentary, it feels like you are in the midst of Kansas. It presents an interesting look on life as a newly freed African American slave.
Strong start to this historical Christian series about the settling of two Kansas towns after the Civil War, both of which still exist today. You will be in awe of what it took for these towns to survive.
Warm Christian story with inspiringly values.
A wonderful read. Loved all the characters and how she entwined them into the story. Can't wait to read the next book in series.
If you order this book be sure you order Morning Sky they belong together.