A Guardian of Slaves is the second installment of Naomi Finley’s, Livingston Legacy. I love a good series, and this one is everything I could ask for and more. To read my review of the first installment, A Slave of the Shadows, click here.
- Title: A Guardian of Slaves (Livingston Legacy, Book 2)
- Author: Naomi Finley
- Publisher: Hunston Press on February 5, 2019
- Genre: Historical Fiction
- Pages: 402
- Format: Ebook
- Rating: 5/5 Stars
“Willow Hendricks is now the Lady of Livingston. She manages this plantation with her father and best friend Whitney Barry. The two women continue her parents’ secret abolitionist mission. They use the family’s ships and estates to transport escaped slaves along the channels to freedom. Willow’s love for Bowden Armstrong is as strong as ever, but she is not ready to marry and have a family because of her attention to these noble pursuits. Torn by her love for him, can their bond survive his reluctance to support her efforts with the Underground Railroad?”
“Meanwhile, whispers among the quarters sing praises of a mysterious man in the swamps helping slaves escape. He is called the Guardian. They believe he will save them from brutal slave catchers and deliver them to the promised land. Masked bandits roam the countryside, but the Guardian and the criminals evade capture. A series of accidents and mysterious disappearances raise alarm throughout the region. Who can Willow and Whitney trust? One false move or slip could endanger the lives of everyone they love and bring ruin to the Livingston Plantation.”
My Review of A Guardian of Slaves:
Finley has a way with words that only she can portray. She writes from life experience along with careful research into the history in which she delves. This second novel is full of the same action and mystery as the first, though with far more detail. I couldn’t put it down.
These well-written characters fill my worldview with hope. Some are getting happy ending while others receive the brunt of all that is bad in the world. I admit that I found myself sobbing through a good part of this novel, though for both good and evil. The book is exceptional.
I loved being back at the Livingston Plantation. The beauty of the place grew with this book, and I got to learn more of her secrets. Each place we are introduced to offers more delight for the senses than ever before.
I have no complaints, but my dismay at the treatment of people in this era wreak havoc on my psyche. I feel that I would be great friends with Willow and her family and do anything in my power to help them with their mission in life.
With a novel such as this, I must award A Guardian of Slaves a full 5 out of 5 Stars. I recommend this book along with the rest of the books in the series to anyone who loves historical fiction and the ways it can tie in to today’s environment.
Thank you to R&R Book Tours for a copy of A Guardian of Slaves in exchange for an honest review.