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For three years of the War Between the States, Marlie Lynch has helped the cause in peace: with coded letters about anti-Rebel uprisings in her Carolina woods, tisanes and poultices for Union prisoners, and silent aid to fleeing slave and Freeman alike. Her formerly enslaved mother's traditions and the name of a white father she never knew have protected her - until the vicious Confederate Home Guard claims Marlie's home for their new base of operations in the guerilla war against Southern resistors of the Rebel cause.
Unbeknowst to those under her roof, escaped prisoner Ewan McCall is sheltering in her laboratory. Seemingly a quiet philosopher, Ewan has his own history with the cruel captain of the Home Guard and a thoughtful but unbending strength Marlie finds irresistible. When the revelation of a stunning family secret places Marlie's freedom on the line, she and Ewan have to run for their lives into the hostile Carolina night. Following the path of the Underground Railroad, they find themselves caught up in a vicious battle that could dash their hopes of love - and freedom - before they ever cross state lines.
Author bio: Alyssa Cole is a science editor, pop culture nerd, and romance junkie who recently moved to the Caribbean and occasionally returns to her fast-paced NYC life. Her writing has been featured in publications including Vulture (New York magazine's entertainment blog), Heroes and Heartbreakers, and The Toast. When she's not busy writing, traveling, and learning French, she can be found watching anime with her real-life romance hero or tending to her herd of pets.
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By Tuty on 12-12-17
Pretty good... But..
I thought that the author did a really good job detailing the South's horrific past pertaining to racism, and slavery. there were so many unanswered questions in this book. Why did Marlie's father treat her the way he did? Why was the secret of her paternity kept from her? What really happened to K. Hill? I waited so long for him to get his just deserves, only to have that scene kind of glazed over. What became of Sarah? Why in the world was Marlie always so indecisive when it came to Euing? That more than anything else required a lot of patients from me. Also, what happened when Marlie met Euing's brother and his wife? I really would have loved and update on his brother and Elle. All in all it was a good read I preferred book one though.
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