After being falsely convicted of murder, young Bostonian Ethan Adams is freed by his brother’s daring rescue. The brothers pause their flight in St. Jo, MO, where, homesick and saddle-sore, they plan their future. Changing their names, they barely knock the dust from their clothes before they become involved with a beautiful pair of sisters—who have their own hidden dangers. Living with their aunt, due to their father’s impending insanity, the girls aid their conductor uncle on the Underground Railroad. Will ETHAN’S FLIGHT garner them all a future, or will the danger drawing nigh and pre-Civil War strife tear their lives, and hearts, apart forever?
When I received this book, I had no idea what I was getting into. I received a free copy for an honest review.
When I started reading, I thought that I had started a book about politics, and so settled my mind into the paths needed to evaluate a dry, non-fiction, political essay. What I sank my teeth into, instead was a vibrant, rich tale set in historical America with characters who were close to, but not part of, many of the political leaders of the day. What a wonderful surprise it was too!
The pace was well set – fast enough to keep it interesting. Enough clues being thrown in to keep you guessing, and a distinct story with no cliffhanger at the end. There is one piece of unresolved mystery, but that is an obvious set up for the next book (or however many are to follow) in the series. It in no way detracts from the actual conclusion of the story.
The setting showed the author’s attention to detail and historical research. The necessary world building was handled very well – as they were needed, the details were provided. This enabled the story to be acted out in front of a variegated, rich tapestry of historical events and places without distracting from any of the carefully woven subplots that thread through the story itself.
The character development shone as well. A few points might be stretching the truth a tad, but this is fiction, and I will not be put under oath that what I remember from my history classes is the only way things occurred back then. With the obvious research that went into the setting, I’m sure just as much went into crafting the skills and personalities of the characters – and it shows. All of the characters were believable, as was their responses when faced with unusual (to us) situations.
Over all, this was a wonderfully woven tale with multiple subplots to keep it interesting. Well done, and a well deserved 5 out of 5 stars.