The Hidden Light of Northern Fires by Daren Wang. Published by St. Martins

In Town Line New York in 1861, Mary Willis longs for adventure after graduating from college, but her father expects her to take up the reins and help on the family farm. With her abolitionist beliefs, she has few friends in her town and finds happiness with her brother, Leander. When Mary has the chance to do something real for what she believes in, she seizes the chance, and begins helping runaway slaves escape across the border to Canada. When she finds runaway Joe Bell in the family barn, he’s near death from an infected dog bite, starvation and exposure. She will need to nurse him back to health before he’s able to continue his journey to freedom, but Bell’s owners, the Yates family of Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, are not about to let their valuable property disappear. With her life and the lives of her family in danger, Mary must fight off not only the Yates clan, but members of her own town. This incredible story is based on the life of Wang’s own family, from journals found in their old home. Not to be missed


~ by cayocosta72 on June 21, 2017.

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