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Path of Freedom (Quilts of Love #3)

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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 ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Abingdon Press
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Lisa Johnson
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Title: Path of Freedom
Author: Jennifer Hudson Taylor
Pages: 240
Year: 2013
Publisher: Abingdon Press
There are many historical events that capture the imagination of authors, screenwriters, all types of people. Little known facts about someone, some event or era in history can stir the imagination of people. The Civil War was a period of time that like a prism can be looked at from various angles. Jennifer Hudson Taylor does so in this work of fiction centered on the Underground Railroad.
In this wo
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Nancee
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romantic fiction
In this pre-Civil War story of transporting slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad, a special quilt plays an important role in paving the road to "safe houses" where supporters assist in concealing slaves on their journey to freedom. The Quakers were operatives in these missions, and Bruce Millikan is active and experienced in delivering escaped slaves to freedom. In his hometown of Greensboro, NC Bruce appeals for assistance in the transport of a young slave couple to Pennsylvania. To c ...more
Iola
Bruce Millikan has just returned home after an eight month mission working with the Underground Railroad in Indiana, and yet again, he has managed to say the wrong thing to Flora Saferight. Flora and her sister Irene are planning a train journey to Charlottesville, and are asked to change their plans so they can travel with two escaped slaves with them - escorted by Bruce Milliken. Neither Bruce nor Flora are happy with the proposal, but Flora has experience as a midwife, which will be necessary ...more
Cindy
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Quilts of Love

2013 (release date January)

Jennifer Hudson Taylor

Fiction/Historical



Flora Saferight and Bruce Millikan have been at each other for years, in fact Flora would do anything to keep Bruce away from her. His teasing has caused her great pain over the years, a nickname he gave her stuck, even causing the girls to call her the hurtful name. To say that Flora had trouble considering Bruce a "Friend" would be accurate. They are Quakers and are supposed to leave peacably. But being around Bru
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Kathleen
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am enjoying this Quilts of Love series - this is number 3 and it's topic was the role of the Quakers in the Underground Railroad. Interesting reading about the beliefs of the Quakers and the possible role a map quilt could have for covering long distances without the benefit of highways as we know them, maps, signs etc... courage.....
JanetW
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
great period book
Gary Comfort,Gary Comfort
This was a wonderful story with very likeable characters. The story opened my eyes to the terrible lives of slaves seeking freedom and the brave people who helped them on their journey.
Debra
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book, not just for the developing love story, but for the historical perspective. Very well written!
Teresa
Mar 12, 2017 added it
Shelves: fiction
Easy to read Amish romance.
Julie Barrett
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Path of Freedom, Quilt sof Love Series, by Jennifer Hudson Taylor
I love this series and this one sounds like an interesting read, romance and a mystery, quilting and religion.
Quaker faith, 1860's Bruce Millikan is just back in town and Pastor John of the local meeting group wants him and others to accompany a black wife and husband to safer grounds, up north.
Flora Saferight and her sister Irene both will go and find themselves in trouble on the second day out in the woods.
Flora struggles and ke
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Victor Gentile
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Hudson Taylor in her new book, “Path of Freedom” Book Three in the Quilts of Love series published by Abingdon Press takes us into the lives of Flora Saferight and Bruce Millikan.

From the back cover: How much would you risk to save another’s life?

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 a quilt from Flora’s mother as a secret guide, the foursome fo
...more
Laura
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Title: PATH OF FREEDOM
Author: Jennifer Hudson Taylor
Publisher: Abingdon Press
January 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4267-5263-6
Genre: Historical

How much would you risk to save another’s life?

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,
...more
Waheed Rabbani
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
In pre-Civil War North Carolina, Quaker sisters Flora and Irene are excited about their first train ride to Charlottesville, Virginia. Eighteen-year-old Flora, a midwife, was there two years ago and had been corresponding with an unmarried doctor in hopes of his offering her a position, and perhaps more. They switch to a horse-drawn wagon when the local pastor asks them to accompany a party going to Charlottesville and further north to Pennsylvania. They are receptive to the request, for it invo ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
PATH OF FREEDOM by Jennifer Hudson Taylor is an intriguing inspirational historical fiction. Book 3 in the "Quilts of Love" series,but can be read as a stand alone. "In the "Quilts of Love" series,each of the books focuses on a particular quilt design around which the story unfolds".

"Path of Freedom" is the story on Flora Saferight and Bruce Milikan,Quakers who embark on a journey in the Underground Railroad. Filled with struggles,trials,love,faith,treachery,uncertainty,constant danger and a des
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Tricia M.S.
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This one I checked out of the library myself. I thought I would share my opinion on this one with you this week since I was here. Once again I found this to be a fast read for me with it’s 226 pages. This series has been especially popular at my little village library. I was more than happy to recommend this series. These books are flying off the shelves as fast as it comes in. From what I understand , they are so popular that there is a waiting list for each of them at our library and now the w ...more
Shelly Ann
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love the idea of their mission and the ideas and thoughts of the couple that was having the baby who wanted the baby to be born out of slavery land. It was very emotional for them as they lost the baby and had to move on to protect themselves as they were being followed by the Marshall's of the military. They were actually looking for Flora Saferight, was a midwife, and a good one, but didn't want to go on the mission and she told her Pastor also. But she ended up going anyway, and Bruce Milli ...more
Angela Breidenbach
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the story very much. One thing really stood out to me about the heroine, Flora Saferight. How bullied she was as a child and how that affects a person into their adulthood. Flora's choices and personal thoughts really reflected a true sense of name calling and the struggle she had to overcome and forgive the behavior of others. I loved this look inside Flora because I think it's much more common than we realize in everyone's life.

Another thing I really enjoyed about Path of Freedom was
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Lynn
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The story is set in North Carolina during America's history where blacks were not free, but slaves. At the beginning, we are introduced to the town of Greensboro, North Carolina and the local Quaker's. Flora Saferight and Bruce Millikan, both knew each other as children. Bruce taunted and teased Flora growing up and now as adults she is having issues with forgiveness and trust towards him. Then the local pastor asks both of them, along with Flora's sister, Irene, to take part in the Underground ...more
Wendy
Mar 16, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a very interesting story with many disputed facts about the Quaker involvement in the Underground Railroad woven into the story of a quilt that was actually a map. The two young people, Flora and Bruce have a history that is not exactly friendly. Flora has difficulty forgiving the childhood taunts that he used to tease her when they were in school. But, Bruce needs a person along on this run who is a midwife. The story is about Flora and Bruce and their young married slaves who are due ...more
Ausjenny
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Loved this story. I love reading about the Quakers and there way of life. Love this book and how it deals with the underground railway and saying a couple of slaves. Flora and Bruce along with Flora's sister embark on a journey to help this couple. The issue is Flora cant forgive Bruce for the teasing he did when she was younger and doesn't know if she can trust him. This book shows how bullying can be perceived long after the event and how it affects relationships. It also shows how two people ...more
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts on this book

We have another wonderful book from Abingdon’s Quilts of Love Series! So far I am lovin’ this series of book by different authors we all love. Jennifer Hudson Taylor writes the first Historical book of this series, which I thoroughly enjoyed. In this story, a quilt guides Bruce and Flora on a journey that will take them to two runaway slaves, and their lives are saved. I enjoyed reading about the Quakers and their lifestyle too!

I enjoy the quilts in each of these books, a
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Janie  R.
May 13, 2015 rated it it was ok

I enjoy reading stories about the Underground Railroad and how there were many Quaker families of great generosity that assisted them,and I really looked forward to reading this book-esp.with the title- Path of Freedom. I was disappointed in this book,first-it opens with a couple-friends, that are acting like school kids,calling each other names,etc. It seemed like the author's focus in the plot was this relationship between that couple- pages of what he felt and thought of her, and how she act
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Leigh
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't read a lot of novellas or "category" books because they're so short they don't always have as much character or plot depth as I like. I picked this up because I've enjoyed her other books, and was pleasantly surprised that although Path of Freedom was a quick read, it still had interesting, well developed characters and layers. Kudos to Jennifer Hudson Taylor for fitting all of the "good" of a full-length novel in one half the size. The storyline was good and included a few twists, the c ...more
Lynn
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book is not marked as young adult fiction but probably should be. It was good enough to keep me reading it to find out what was going to happen in the end, although it was pretty obvious that the two main characters would end up together. I didn't find the characters all that likeable--frustrating would be more the word I would use. I would not recommend reading this book unless you just want some light reading to fill a boring day.
Lisa Carter
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed learning about the Quakers in 19th century NC and the role the Quakers played in the Underground Railroad. As a child, Flora had been bullied and she comes to empathize deeply with the suffering of the runaway slaves. Her journey to forgiveness is compelling as is the love story in Path of Freedom. Another great "every quilt has a story" from Abingdon Press in the stand alone Quilts of Love line.
Vicki Krivak
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Path of Freedom by Jennifer Hudson Taylor is another great book in the Quilts of Love series. It's an enjoyable historical romance set among Quakers in the pre-Civil War south.She writes a story about the Quakers and their involvement with missions to give slaves freedom. A good read. I enjoyed it.
Vicki
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Wow, another great one. The stories are so varied and I like that, in the Quilts of Love series. This story tells the tale of Quakers who help with the Underground Railroad, so it really rings true, because we have ancestors who were a station for the Railroad in Ohio! Brave and kindhearted people who saw a wrong and did something about it!
Deanna
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was written with a Quaker historical theme. I did enjoy the story line. It made you think what kind of struggles a person in this time period would face. Keeping the underground railroad in mind it was fascinating!
Maxwell
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was wonderful! The storyline was amazing and the characters interesting! However, I personally thought that the book needed a bit more description, and it seemed to focus on one story arc more than the main one at times.
Kelly Ruffalo
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book started off slow...but I really liked it. It must have been so hard what the people in this book went through. I don't know that I would be able to show as much courage as they did...maybe, but who knows. I still must say...very well written. :)
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Jennifer Hudson Taylor is an award winning author of inspirational fiction set in historic Europe and the Carolinas. She's a speaker on writing, publishing and digital marketing. Her work has been reviewed by USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, and the Library Journal. Her works have appeared in national publications, such as Guideposts, Heritage Quest Magazine, RT Book Reviews, and The Military Trader ...more
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