The story progresses at a leisurely pace, about right for a southern belle, but the writing and characters kept me intrigued and I never once tired of it. The main character is pretty much a complete snob and white supremacist, but of course we get to see her grow as the story unfolds. It's a serious story, not surprising considering the subject matter, but there are enough lighthearted moments that it didn't cross over into 'too dark' for me. Still, I'll read a few fantasy types before I read the next in the series since I tend to get sucked down into bad moods when I read too much about slavery and other kinds of oppression and abuse.
There's mention of religion several times and I wondered where the author was coming from since it's often not shown in a positive light, not that God is put down, but that people who claim to follow him are. The slave owners of course use the bible to justify themselves, and feel good about themselves because they teach their slaves the scriptures. But then later we that the abolitionists also go to church and the free black people go to their own church, which meets in a very nice building that they built for themselves.
While I was reading I wondered about the historical accuracy of the people and events that happened, and was happy to find a note about fact and fiction at the end. Something that isn't mentioned in the notes, and something that hung me up several times was that for some reason I didn't think that black people referred to themselves as black back then (I thought the proper word back then was Negro?) but I didn't look it up so I may be wrong about that anyway. Other than that I really can't think of anything 'bad' to say about the book. If what you've read about it in the review so far sounds good I'm sure you'll love it, and if not, you probably won't.
Sexual Content: None whatsoever.
Violence: It's about slavery and racism so of course things are referred to, but no intensely violent acts are depicted with any detail. Mostly people talk about things that have happened.
Over-all plot/message: Great message about the equal worth of all God's children, and a nice plot with good character development. Suitable for young teens and up.
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