The Orphan Mother by Robert Hicks. Published by Grand Central

After the Civil War, former slave, Mariah Reddick has tried to make a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. When her adult son, an outspoken advocate of Civil rights is murdered, her carefully constructed world crumbles. Mariah is determined to find her son’s killer and her search leads her to Robert Cannon, a man on the run from his past. Together, they have to confront their pasts if they are to move forward. Hicks, author of Widow of the South brings back the memorable characters from that remarkable book

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