A beautiful woman, desired by two very different brothers, fights for the freedom of others in this spellbinding saga set during “Bleeding Kansas.”
The daughter of abolitionists whose isolated cabin on the Kansas–Missouri border serves as a stop on the Underground Railroad, Deborah Whitlaw is devastated when pro-slavery marauders murder her parents. Yet she can no more extinguish the flame of justice that burns inside her than she can forget her mother and father. She vows to continue their fight, no matter the cost, and joins forces with a runaway black woman and a mission-educated Shawnee girl to spirit many fugitives northward.
Deborah’s fiery personality attracts two aristocratic English brothers. Rolf Hunter is violent and indomitable; he wants to capture Deborah and bend her to his will. Dane is the polar opposite of his sibling. Honest, gentle, and idealistic, he wins Deborah’s heart, but their tender romance faces staggering obstacles in a state and nation lurching toward civil war. For a blessed interval, Deborah finds solace with Conrad, a German nobleman who has brought his peace-loving Mennonite tenants to Kansas to found a colony. But Rolf, now the head of a gang of pro-slavery bushwhackers, soon shatters Deborah’s idyll. Can she keep him from crushing not only her, but also her friends and the abolitionist cause they’ve risked their lives to support?
A magnificent tale of love and honor, danger and destiny, Daughter of the Sword takes readers on a thrilling journey into the darkest chapter of American history and pays tribute to the brave men and women who led the nation back into the light.
This engaging follow-up to The Island Harp returns to the 19th-century Scottish Hebrides, where the hardworking, oppressed crofters of Clanna are now faced with eviction by rapacious landowners, who want the acreage for deerstalking, a sport made popular by the Prince Consort. When Mairi MacDonald loses her unborn child while attempting to aid villagers who are being forcibly removed, neighbors entrust her with the raising of an orphaned baby girl whose parents are victims of the Clearances. But Little Christy never feels totally accepted by her foster mother, turning for affection to the MacDonalds' son Davie and to Gran, who shares with the girl her inexhaustible store of folk wisdom and prophesizes that Christy has the gift to play the Cridhe, the magic harp. When an accident befalls Davie, Christy's life is sadly altered and she comes to doubt Gran's prophecy, until events sweep to a happy conclusion. Williams is an adept writer who endows her quickly moving plot with unexpected twists. Her novel satisfies as a first-rate historical adventure, an evocation of the beauties of the Scottish landscape and a fascinating glimpse of a little-known culture.