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Redfield Farm: A Novel of the Underground Railroad

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  3,136 Ratings  ·  291 Reviews
For Ann and Jesse Redfield, Quaker brother and sister, their hatred of slavery is as hard as Pennsylvania limestone. Ann's devotion to her older brother runs deep, so when he gets involved in the Underground Railroad, Ann asks no questions. She joins him in the struggle. Together they lie, sneak, masquerade and defy their way past would-be enforcers of the hated Fugitive S ...more
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published January 11th 2011 (first published August 3rd 2010)
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Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Equal in God's eyes don't mean equal in man's eyes."

Yes, this is indeed one of those "Ladies Book Club" books I'm always railing against. A female main character, social issues, historical fiction - yup - it's tailor-made for a bunch o' gals to sit around and discuss whilst sipping wine. And, it is actually this month's selection for my real-life book club.

I was all set to hate this book's guts.

But . . . I loved it.

Do not, I repeat DO NOT read the Goodreads description of this book. It's give
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Redfield Farm by Judith Redline Coopey- A novel of The Underground Railroad.

This is a well written and easy to read Novel set in the time of slavery and the Underground Railroad. I have to admit I was ignorant about the The Underground Railroad and enjoyed reading and learning about this time in history.

This is an interesting story very simply told. The story is set in the mid 1800s and the main characters The Redfield family are Quaker and live in a solidly Quaker community. This family are non
Mary Mascari
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much, I didn't want it to end. I admired the faithfulness of Ann, the main character, & was pleased by the end of the story. I liked that there was no bad language, or sexual scenes in this wholesome book. I telling all my friends to get this fabulous novel. One of my all time favorites!
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I regret that this book has been sitting on my Kindle for more than a year. Why didn't I read it sooner?? Through the voice of Ann Redfield, Judith Coopey tells us what life was like for Quakers during the Civil War. Quakers who helped the Underground Railroad.

Ann Redfield is a curious girl who grows into a strong woman. Though she falters once (I won't spoil the story), her faith and values guide her through life. I must admit, though, I found myself asking repeatedly, "Do women like Ann actua
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read a book this well written and powerful since The Help last year. I got this book for 99 cents on an Amazon daily deal and I'm so glad I chose it.

I loved the story of Ann and her brother Jesse and their work on the underground railroad. The book was well researched and very informative about the years leading up to the civil war.

This author had the ability to create suspense from seemingly nothing. Every time one of the siblings went on a "delivery" of slaves attempting freedom, I
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Redfield Farm is about a lot of things that I'm interested in: Quakers, the Underground Railroad, mixed-race children, etc. Also, it got good reviews. So I was excited to read it. However, the writing felt amateurish to me. The characters didn't grab me. And it always grates on me when an author describes someone as "skipping" down a lane. Really, who skips (except a young girl, and even then, very rarely). So I gave up. When you've got a Jane Smiley novel from the library, and it's just begging ...more
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that is written simply and beautifully. There are no fearsome enemies to build the plot, but more about the vicissitudes of life. I didn't expect much when I downloaded the Kindle version since it was not overpriced. The book certainly delivered on ploy, them, and simplistic beauty of the words.
Sep 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
I had high expectations after reading "Looking for Jane" by this same author but was greatly disappointed with this book. Thankfully, I came upon "Looking for Jane" first, if reversed I would never have read another book by this author.
The main character "Ann" did not add up. Here we have a very mature young woman with strong convictions of her faith, respect of family and home responsibilities. She is hurt emotionally by a man who she presumes to marry but he marries another. Here's my problem
Apr 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Moving story about a Quaker family in Pennsylvania who becomes very involved in the Underground Railroad before and during the Civil War. But the story doesn't start or end there - gives insights into the Quaker life during the period, the strength of one woman, Ann Redfield, who keeps her family - and extended family - together during many many difficult times. Her devotion to her older brother involves her in the Railroad, which leads her to an innocent tryst with one of their rescues, which l ...more
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
This is more than a story of the underground railroad. It is the story of a lifetime in a Quaker family and a beautifully woven story, at that. It follows the life of the main character, Ann Redfield, in first person through her own and familial adventures, toil, terror, joy, love and laughter. I could tell that the historical setting of this book was researched meticulously and was not surprised at all to learn in the About the Author at the end that the author is a native of Pennsylvania and a ...more
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What an interesting story of a Quaker family involved with the Underground Railroad. All the side story lines keep this book moving and my interest peaked. Many books are written about slavery, however Judith Redline Coopey opens our eyes regarding the people who risked their lives freeing slaves during this turbulent time period. Great story!
I would probably rate this 2.5 ⭐ s if I could. However, I didn't like it enough for a 3 star rating. All throughout the book I kept asking what is this book really about? It seemed to be about the Underground Railroad at first. And then about being a Quaker, then moved to an interracial relationship but then it changed to being black in a white world, and then rounded out with being about the civil war. And that's where the book lost some stars for me. Ultimately I decided it was a book about li ...more
Virginia Myers
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone who loves to read about the civil war
This is a very good book if you are interested in Civil War history. It brings out the heroism of the “conductors” along the routes of the Underground Railroad which was the lifeline between slaves and freedom in Canada. It tells the story of a Quaker family in Pennsylvania who put themselves in danger in order to assist hundreds escape the miseries of slavery. I agree with the description printed on the back of the book: “The author brings a deep understanding of the details of the Underground ...more
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction.
A good wholesome book about a family of Pennsylvania Quakers and their role in the inderground railroad prior to, during, and after the civil war. The story is told by, and follows the life of the main character Ann Redfield from her earliest memories to just prior to her death, as an aging woman. Dealing with far more than just the underground railroad it is a story about the Quaker community, which to be honest, really sounded wonderful during this time period, before modern
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book took place during the 1800's on a Quaker farm in Pennsylvania. We follow the Redfield family, as told from Ann Redfield's point of view. Ann and her family become a part of the Underground Railroad moving slaves to freedom. Along the way, we follow the comings and goings of Ann's ever-changing and growing family; the joys and the heartaches, their love of their family, community and Friends, enduring the betrayal of others, the dangers of being conductors, and the ravages of war. I app ...more
Mary Anne
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Maybe actually a 3.5 star book for me. The story was interesting to see how lives were impacted by the underground railroad during the civil war - not just the fleeing slaves, but also the people helping them. Since this book focused specifically on Quaker families helping the escaping slaves it was a little different than others I have read about this era. It was interesting to see how the Quaker beliefs and faith gave people the impetus to help others. The book follows Ann amd her brother Jess ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was well written and plan to check out some of Judith Redline Coopey other historical novel books.This story provides insight into the underground railroad and those who risked their lives fighting the injustice of slavery in the mid-to-late 1800's. in the Redfield Farm the characters were well developed, the story started with information which peeked my interest and held it throughout the book. I found it hard to put down because I cared about the characters, what they were trying to ...more
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
The story of a Quaker family told by one of the sisters, Ann Redfield, takes place not too far from Gettysburgh, Pennslyvannia before, during, and after the civil war. It is a story of the Quakers helping to pass slaves through the Underground Railroad and it really brings home the risk and sacrifice they made. The novel had 3 generations of Redfields in it although it centers on Ann Redfields'. So you learn about each one's life and what they do with it. Learned some about the Quaker religion S ...more
Sharon Huether
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Redfield Farm: A Novel of the Underground Railroad By Judith Redline Coopey This story was so touching, I cried through last part of the book. This story was baised on the historcial facts of moving slaves from the south into Canada. Groups of Friends (Quakers)who were pacifists risked their lives to see that slaves became free. The main character in the story gives her most precious gift back to his father so he can have a better life with his own people.
May 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not a lot of substance. Any descriptions of the underground railroad could have been taken out of middle school level history book...expected a much more researched representation. Background story was okay but I felt there were too many peripheral characters that got in the way. About 1/3 of the way through it started to slow down for me, though it did pick up I just wanted to get through it for book club.
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Plenty of others have already summarized the storyline of the book so just a short opinion on this one. I loved it! It was another deal I got from Amazon and was pleasantly surprised by how good it was consdering the price. There were a few times that throughout the book that I may have got a bit bored but overall I found it very engaging. I loved the main character and admired her strength and courage during times of adversity. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I finished reading earlier today, and I can't stop thinking about this book. It was a beautiful story of love, tragedy, family, and unbreakable bonds. This book painted a beautiful picture of the Quaker lifestyle and their important involvement in the underground railroad. I can not say enough about this book. It is a MUST READ!!! Amazingly this book was only 2.99 on the kindle!!! I would have paid top dollar!!!!!
Bethany Crawley
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one sitting...I was immediately drawn into the story and couldn't put it down until I finished it. I haven't read a book that hooked me so completely in quite some time...

This is the story of Ann and her family; simple Quaker people who are drawn into the midst of the underground railroad movement. The story is fast paced and keeps you turning pages as fast as your eyes can scan them.

Give it a read, you won't be disappointed.
Mary Beth Roselli
May 19, 2012 rated it liked it
I was interested in the topic but found this story a little predictable which brought its credibility down. Though the story was still a good one, I felt it was more story than a lesson of the cause.
Interesting quick read, a bit implausible but a nice interweaving of history and a good family yarn. I have always been interested in the Underground Railroad and the Quakers' important role. My home states of PA and MD are both key to this bit of U.S. history.
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'd say 4.25 stars. I learned a lot in the book about the Underground Railroad. I love learning things while I read very entertaining stories.
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An absolute thrill to read. I couldn't put it down. Waiting for someone to get caught, love, desire, hope and conviction. I admired Ann Redfield, so much strength and selflessness.
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very fine story about the role of the Quakers and the Underground Railroad.
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked this book. It was a very "lightweight" historical fiction. I was expecting something a little more indepth. It was enjoyable a a "beach" type read for me.
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Judith Redline Coopey, born in Altoona, PA holds degrees from the Pennsylvania State University and Arizona State University. A passion for history inherited from her father drives her writing and a love for Pennsylvania sustains it. Her first book, Redfield Farm was the story of the Underground Railroad in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. The second, Waterproof, tells how the 1889 Johnstown Flood ne ...more
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