A wonderful book that only took me 2 days to read..I couldn't put it down. As usual, as in other stories of Follett's, there is a hero and a herion that are not only mismatched, but, there is no way that a romance could ever happen for them. She is from the Scottish gentry and he is a slave in the coal mines. Disparing of the brutality of the owners and over-seers of the coal mine, he decides to run away. His mis-adventure lands him in a slave ship headed for America..the same ship that is carrying her, as the new bride of a Virginia plantation owner. This story has all of the wonderful characteristics of Follett's other novels, well told and riveting. He makes you feel as if you are there with the characters, sharing their joys, pain, heartaches and troubles.
Another excellent Ken Follett book. I fyou are a fan of Pillars and World Without End, you will be pleasantly surprised to find the same writing style but now in 1700 Scotland. The way he makes the characters so real in every century and every situation. A wonderful book.
This book provides good insight into human injustice and slavery in Europe, as well as America, in the 18th century. Poor and uneducated people of every race were taken advantage of. Follett does an excellent job of weaving a tale of love and loss into the political and social history of England and the American colonies in the 1770's.
Mack McAsh struggles out of his life of misery in the mines of England in 1766 and eventually makes his way to America during the American Revolution. His only ally is the love of his life, Lizzie Hallim who is trapped in her own kind of hell and together they search for a place called "freedom". A wonderful story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It's set in the late 1770s-1780s beginning in Wales and London, then Virginia at the time when both France and the soon-to-be US were in revolution. It was particularly relevant to me since we had just returned from 2 weeks travelling from Philadelphia to Jamestown, steeping ourselves in everything historical, especially during that period. As with many of Follett's books, the historical and geographical setting as well as his characters truly drew me in.
This thrilling novel begins in the infernal coal mines of the Jamisson family in the Scottish highlands. The hero is twenty-one-year-old Mack McAsh, a miner. Longing to escape his brutal existence, he finds himself accused of riot, a capital crime in eighteenth-century Britain.
Shipped to the American colonies with thousands of other convicts, his story rings with love, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Set against the backdrop of a world in ferment, it is a tantalizing read.
Set in 1776 against an era ripe with riot and revolution, his turbulent, unforgettable novel brings together a vivid cast of heroes and villains. lovers and rebels, hypocrites and hell-raisers strong willed men and women propelled by destiny toward an epic struggle and a perilous climax that will change their lives forever
From the teeming streets of London to the infernal hold of a slave ship headed for the American colonies to a sprawling Virginia plantation, Ken Follett thrills us with this magnificient tale of love and liberty set in 1766 against an era ripe with riot and revolution.
Sentenced to a life of misery in the brutal coal mines of Scotland, twenty-one year old Mack McAsh hungers for escape. His only ally: the beautiful, highborn Lizzie Hallim, who is trapped in her own kind of hell. Two restless young people, separated by politics and position, bound by their passionate search for a place called freedom...
Sentenced to a life of misery in the brutal coal mines of Scotland, 21 yr old Mac McAsh hungers for escape. His ally is the beautiful highborn Lizzie Hallim, who is also trapped in her own kind of hell, both search for a place called freedom.
Sentenced to a life of misery in the brutal coal mines of Scotland, twinty-one-year-old Mack McAsh hungers for escape. His only ally: the beautiful, highborn Lizzie Hallim, who is trapped in her own kind of hell. --from the cover
FROM THE PUBLISHER
A story of adventure and passion, A Place Called Freedom mirrors the intimate desires of the individual heart with the dramatic events of a world in ferment. London trembles on the edge of chaos; the American colonies prepare to defy the British monarchy; a young woman bursts the bonds of a loveless marriage; and a proud man risks everything to grasp at a tantalizing dream of liberty. With its vivid, fascinating portrayal of the colorful streets of London and the endless landscapes of the New World, plus an unforgettable cast of heroes and villains, lovers and rebels, hypocrites and hell-raisers and whores, A Place Called Freedom is a magnificent epic of love, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Sentenced to a life of misery in the brutal coal mines of Scotland, twenty-one-year-old Mack McAsh hungers for escape. His only ally: the beautiful, highborn Lizzie Hallim, who is trapped in her own kind of hell. Two restless young people, separated by politics and position, bound by their passionate search for a place called freedom...