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The Underground Railroad Brides Collection: 9 Couples Navigate the Road to Freedom before the Civil War

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Love Guides Hearts Along the Road to Freedom
 
Nine historical couples walk the road to love even as they dare to escape and help others break free from the injustices of slavery between 1849 and 1860. From Southern states of Georgia and South Carolina to above the Mason-Dixon Line in Indiana and Pennsylvania, they work within the network known as the Underground Railroa
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 1st 2018 by Barbour Books
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Deanne Patterson
This is a novella collection of 9 stories set before the Civil War during the Underground Railroad time. In all the stories the examples of faith,strength,courage,perseverance were there. The conductors were there to lead the slaves to freedom. The stories were gripping and had me holding my breath a few times praying the characters would make it safely to freedom before being caught by the slave hunters. The people helping the slaves did so at a great risk to themselves and their family even ri ...more
Arlena
Title: The Underground Railroad Brides Collection 9 Couples Navigate the Road to Freedom Before the Civil War
Authors: Barbara Tifft Blakey, Ramona K. Cecil, Lynn A. Coleman, Cecelia Dowdy, Patty Smith Hall, Terri J. Haynes, Debby Lee, Darlene Panzera, Penny Zeller
Publisher: Barbour Books
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"The Underground Railroad Brides Collection 9 Couples Navigate the Road to Freedom Before the Civil War" By Authors: Barbara Tifft Blakey, Ramona K. Cecil, Lynn A. Col
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Kim
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
The Underground Railroad comes alive with the romance and danger of helping slaves make their way to freedom. The stories of nine couples ranging from 1840 to 1860. They show you that even in circumstances beyond your control that God hand is in it all.


Emma Underground by Barbara Tifft Blakey 1851 New York
Emma just married off her last daughter and is an outcast in town trying to make amends like God has told her to do for a past event. She's been trying to talk to her husband he doesn't want t
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Sarah
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, review
This romance collection includes nine novellas which each focus on the Underground Railroad. The settings are diverse and range from 1840 to 1860, including states in both the North and the South. Something that I really enjoyed and found particularly interesting was that the characters represented such a distinct breadth; in some cases they were abolitionists, as expected, but some were free blacks or even slaves themselves. Because the stories were so short, the climax and denouement occurred ...more
Leslie M.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful novella collection focusing on couples braving danger while helping others find freedom from slavery. They take place between 1849-1860 in a variety of states (NY, IN, GA, PA, SC, MD, NJ, and TN). In general, the stories are well-written, though they’re not necessarily easy to read. Each one is emotion-filled and contains a strong heroine. Some stories were easier to engage with than others, but it’s an enjoyable collection overall. Prior to reading this book, I was unfamilia ...more
Elizabeth
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Underground Railroad Brides Collection
This collection its written by nine different authors and they bring us nine stories as they navigate The Road to Freedom before The Civil War .
I read “A Place of Refuge” By Patty Smith Hall
This is Jorgine and Hudson’s story. Slavery and the underground. I really enjoyed this story. It was well written and the characters were real like. Some for slavery and some against slavery. I caught myself holding my breath several times . I did not want to put it
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Amy
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Underground Railroad Brides Collection 9 Couples Navigate the Road to Freedom Before the Civil War is a collection of nine stories. These stories include:
Emma Underground by Barbara Tifft Blakey
Follow the Christmas Star by Ramona K. Cecil
Under the Sails of Love by Lynn A. Coleman
The Bakery Bride by Cecelia Dowdy
A Place of Refuge by Patty Smith Hall
Free to Love by Terri J. Haynes
The Winter Quilt by Debby Lee
The Song of Hearts Set Free by Darlene Panzera
Freedom’s Flight by Penny Zeller
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Diana Stampas
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
For those readers who love stories with feel good endings, this book is for you. Giving readers a point of view from a horrific historical era, you feel the pain, sorrow and despair that then gives way to hope, faith, and love. Good read.
Veronica Knack
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found it hard to put this book down! Each story vividly gives the experiences of its main characters be they slave or conductors, so much so that I found myself holding my breath during the close calls. This is a great collection from a historical and clean romance perspective!
Alysha
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-again
An amazing collection of stories about The Underground Railroad, finding love and believing in faith. A lot of the ladies had horrible family lives and had to overcome so much and find their true purpose in life and remember God always has a plan.

'I received an ARC of this book and voluntarily reviewed it.'
Trixi
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is hope for the future when people come together to fight evil and when men and women find love in the midst of great challenges. And through it all, faith is the key to victory in these stories from nine inspiring Christian authors.~ from the back blurb

I especially love the Barbour novella collections because I often get to meet new-to-me authors, as was such the case here. I knew only two in this one and was pleasantly surprised by the other seven. I also love when the writers collabor
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Lillian
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a compilation of nine stories from fictional women who lived in the late 1800s and early 1900s and how they were able to be reunited with their first loves. Despite the overarching romance theme in the collection, it was refreshing to read about the diverse circumstances in which all nine female characters hailed from humble backgrounds to those who were more educated and held teaching positions and even physical disabilities. The women in these stories possess strong characters and did ...more
Claudia
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nine authors each penned one of the stories in this historical, romance collection. Some of the featured couples are freedom seekers, but many are among those aiding them. It is encouraging to see how God brings out love in the hardest of circumstances. I gave two of the stories 5 stars, three 4 stars, three 3 stars, and one 1 star. Eight of the stories had interesting plots, five of which were well written, and three of which seemed to have been written by less experienced but promising author ...more
Madi's Musings
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful collection of novellas! Unlike other collections I have read, every novella in "The Underground Railroad Brides Collection" was well written and an enjoyable read. The individual ratings are below:

"Emma Underground" by Barbara Tifft Blakey ~ 4 Stars
"Follow the Christmas Star" by Ramona K Cecil ~ 3.5 Stars
"Under the Sails of Love" by Lynn A. Coleman ~ 3.5 Stars
"The Bakery Bride" by Cecilia Dowdy ~ 4 Stars
"A Place of Refuge" by Patty Smith Hall ~ 5 Stars
"Free to Love" by Terri
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JoAnn
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great collection of pre Civil War stories. I found the collection to be well written and enjoyed each selection.
Emma
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Underground Railroad Brides Collection:
by Barbara Tifft Blake,Ramona K. Cecil,Lynn A. Coleman,Cecelia Dowdy,Patty Smith Hall,Terri J. Haynes,Debby Lee,Darlene Panzera and Penny Zeller
9 Couples Navigate the Road to Freedom Before the Civil War
Love Guides Hearts Along the Road to Freedom
Nine historical couples walk the road to love even as they dare to escape and help others break free from the injustices of slavery between 1849 and 1860. From Southern states of Georgia and South Carolina t
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Elizabeth
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nine stories by nine different authors in this collection gives us a glimpse of what it might have been like in our country before the Civil War in regard to slavery. Each author uses their own style to remind us of the risks abolitionists took to free slaves and get them to safety. We learn also of the risk freed slaves took to remain in this country and live in even a modicum of safety.

One overriding take away was in these days it was difficult for abolitionists to know who to trust. Even coup
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Jill
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have always been fascinated with this era of American history. I just can't understand how some folks felt it was right to own another human being and mistreat them the way some slave owners did. I truly admire the courage and strong faith of these slaves to endure and to eventually seek their freedom though flight from their cruel masters. Additionally, the courage of those operating the Underground Railroad is equally admirable, given the risks they faced to themselves and their families if ...more
Linda
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Underground Railroad Brides Collection: 9 Couples Navigate the Road to Freedom before the Civil War is short stories of couples who helped slaves run away from bondage. The history surrounding these romantic stories is what made this book interesting. These characters risked their lives to help slaves get from the south to north of the Ohio River and into Canada.
It is unlikely in real life that every story had a happy ending. Yet the actual people who worked in the Underground Railroad had
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Carol
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Underground Railroad Brides Is made up of Nine Novellas. The 1st one is about reconciliation - the 2nd one is about a dichotomy between settings slaves free & a loving slave owner. The 3rd is about traveling on the Underground Railroad. The 4th is about healing from loss. The 5th is about transporting on the Railroad. The 6 is regarding danger - being wanted - fugitive - love. The 7th is about helping/ not helping with the Underground Railroad. The 8th is about deceit. The 9th is about t ...more
Literary Soirée
Barbour Publishing has me hooked now on The Underground Railroad Brides Collection, featuring nine authors new to me that offer fine historical romances. Gee, I was just whittling down my TRB list and now this! A happy happenstance! 5/5

Pub Date 01 Jun 2018  

Thanks to Barbour Books and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are fully mine.

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Robin
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this collection. Each story involved both runner and conductors. However, the love story was only about one or the other. Each is well written and very engaging. Clean and faithful. Highly recommend this collection. I received an advance reader copy from net galley. Opinions are my own.
Susan F
Review later. I was writing and it all disappeared.
Raelee Carpenter
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not a big fan of historical fiction, but I enjoyed reading this collection of different stories set in pre-Civil War times.
Minnesota
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historial
Enjoyed the other perspective of the underground railroad.
Jeri Stockdale
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Oct 25, 2018
Mahasin
rated it it was ok
Sep 19, 2018
Darlene Panzera
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Kiwi
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Barbara Blakey is a freelance writer and the author of the award-winning literature-based language arts program Total Language Plus. Barbara is also a nationally recognized speaker, conducting workshops and seminars for Christian women's groups and homeschooling conventions for more than fifteen years. She lives in Olympia, Washington, with her husband, Terry.