Friday, January 18, 2013

Path of Freedom by Jennifer Hudson Taylor - REVIEWED

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Path of Freedom
Abingdon Press (January 2013)
Jennifer Hudson Taylor


Jennifer Hudson Taylor is an award winning author of historical Christian fiction set in Europe and the Carolinas and a speaker on topics of faith, writing and publishing. Her debut novel, Highland Blessings, won the 2011 Holt Medallion award for Best First Book. Jennifer's work has appeared in national publications, such as Guideposts, Heritage Quest Magazine, Romantic Times Book Reviews, and The Military Trader. She serves as the in-house Publicist at Hartline Literary Agency and co-owns Upon the Rock Publicist. Jennifer graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Communications. When she isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with family, long walks, traveling, touring historical sites, hanging out at bookstores with coffee shops, genealogy, and reading.


2nd in the Quilts of Love series

When Quakers Flora Saferight and Bruce Millikan embark on the Underground Railroad, they agree to put their differences aside to save the lives of a pregnant slave couple. With only her mother’s quilt as a secret guide, the foursome follows the stitches through unknown treachery.

As they embark on their perilous journey, they hope and pray that their path is one of promise where love sustains them, courage builds faith, and forgiveness leads to freedom.

My Thoughts:

Father, where does one’s faith meet the common sense thee gave us?  Is the line truly as blurry as it appears right now?  Please forgive me and help me see thy well more clearly.”  (p. 94)

 Flora’s prayer was a true cry for understanding.  When she bumped into a former school mate, Bruce Millikan, she was immediately overcome by emotions of the past and a very unforgiving spirit.  She never dreamed that she would be asked to accompany Bruce upon a dangerous mission on the Underground Railroad.  She never dreamed of the fierce desire that would be born in her heart as she brought enslaved people into freedom – a desire to help others no matter the cost. 

When this story begins, Flora is little more than a child who wants her own way.  By the time the story ends, she has matured into a thoughtful, gracious person who is willing to sacrifice of herself and give her best to others.  Bruce, although more mature than Flora in the beginning, still has much to learn when it comes to interacting successfully with members of the opposite sex.  When a relationship begins to bud between the two of them, the mission becomes even more complicated.

Jennifer Hudson Taylor has developed a very intriguing idea – Quakers using quilts as maps to freedom – and turned it into a thoughtful but tense read centered around real risks taken by those on the Underground Railroad.  Their path was fraught with danger at every turn, and each member was willing to sacrifice their all to ensure others were taken to freedom.  Along the way, she infuses realities about the Quaker lifestyle that are interesting and challenging.  Path of Freedom is a blend of many great story ideas, and is a great read for all audiences! 

If you would like to read the first chapter of Path of Freedom, go HERE.

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