Very good, just like a series should, it has me wanting to read more!!
Book Two of the Lights of Lowell series by this author. Drama and Romance unite in a compelling tale. Lowell's mills, slaves in the South, abolitionists, all make for a wonderful tale.
There are two books in Lights of Lowell. I have posted both: A Tapestry of Hope and this one, A Love Woven True. Excellent books from the old times when marriages were arranged. In this book a deathbed promise is made to secure freedom for a slave family. I enjoyed both books very much.
Although this book was about subjects which interests me, the Antislavery Movement and slave freedom in the pre-Civil-War movement, and, overall, the plot was adequite although not what I expected, the characters were fairly well-developed, although, in my opinion, could have been deeper and more complex, overall the action was good and quick when it happened, and there was a nice feeling of intrigue and tension starting from about the middle of the book, still the overall writing style was a disappointment.
The story was told primarily through dialogue. A dialog-based writing style can be quite well done and dynamic, but, for the most part, this wasn't the case with this book. Much of the dialog sounded more like narrative rather than the way people actually speak. Also, much of the dialog, especially in the beginning, was used to bring up things that happened in previous novels as well as a sounding board for politics, attitudes about slavery and other issues of the day. Much of this came off (to me, at least) as artificial. I felt that most of this information could have been woven gradually into the narrative. In conclusion, to me, much (not all) of the dialog sounded stilted and phoney.
Also, although the story was interesting, I felt that it could have been far more inteeresting if it had been told in part from the slave woman who had been freed, then kidnapped by slave hunters while living up north, apparently to be sold again (although that thread of the story was dropped when her free husband went South to find her, although in doing so, he put himself in danger of being kidnapped and sold himself.)
Instead, the main character of the novel, a Southern woman with now lives in the North, and is a staunch supporter of the antislavery movement and the Underground Railroad, is taking care of the freed couple's son. The little boy looks white, and she wants to adopt him.
Which leads me to my final complaint. I suppose the husband's and wife's story may be continued in the next novel in the series. But, I hate "To Be Continueds"!
In conclusion, although the book had many good points, it also had too many flaws for me to recommend it.
This is the second book in the lights of Lowell series and it is even better than the first book can't wait to read the third book.