As a child Hester Wyatt escaped slavery, but now the dark skinned beauty is a dedicated member of Michigan's Underground railroad, offering other runaways a chance at the freedom she has learned to love. When one of her fellow conductors brings her an injured man to hide, Hester doesn't hesitate…even after she is told about the price on his head.The man in question is the great conductor known as the "Black Daniel" a vital member of the North's Underground railroad network. But Hester finds him so rude and arrogant, she begins to question her vow to hide him.When the injured and beaten Galen Vachon, aka, the Black Daniel awakens in Hester's cellar, he is unprepared for the feisty young conductor providing his care. As a member of one of the wealthiest free Black families in New Orleans, Galen has turned his back on the lavish living he is accustomed to in order to provide freedom to those enslaved in the South.However, as he heals he cannot turn his back on Hester Wyatt. Her innocence fills him like a breath of fresh air and he is determined to make this gorgeous and intelligent woman his own…Yet…there are traitors to be discovered, slave catchers to be evaded and Hester's heart to be won before she and Galen can find the freedom that only true love can bring.
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Another great Read
This book is everything and then some! It’s now my new favorite book and I absolutely LOVE everything about it!!! This is how books should be written and covers all that a reader could ever ask for from an author. Classy, beautifully written, relatable, and the history in here is priceless! I can go on forever with adjectives to describe how wonderful this story is, because one word just isn’t enough! Can’t wait to read more of Ms. Beverly Jenkins’ work!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the characters both Indigo and Galeno and I really liked the story line. It was sweet and romantic in all of the right ways. There was also so much knowledgeable information in this book. I learned a lot that I never knew and most of the time it was woven into the storyline in a way that felt organic. I further enjoyed the fact that this story was a historical romance novel about people of color, specifically Black people, something I have rarely come across. I have only two minor complaints. The first being, that although I enjoyed learning the historical facts there were certain parts of the storyline towards the end that made it feel like less of a novel and more of a history book. I think the author was just trying to conclude smoothly but it almost had the opposite effect. Lastly, there were pivotal parts of the storyline that seemed to be glossed over. (Spoiler Alert) For instance, when Indigo shares her pregnancy with Galeno there is no dialogue.. it is briefly mentioned and then there is nothing else said. There are more than a few examples of this in the story. Overall, I thought it was a beautiful story of love, protection, and civic duty.