Category: Underground Railroad

Blog Book Tour | “Balm” by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Posted Friday, 3 July, 2015 by jorielov , , , , 1 Comment

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Acquired Book By:

I was selected to be a tour stop on “Balm” virtual book tour through TLC Book Tours.  I received a complimentary ARC copy of “Balm” direct from the publisher Amistad (an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers), in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein. 

Whilst I was requesting to be placed on this blog tour, I requested a copy of the author’s debut novel “Wench” to become introduced to her style and possible continuity; blessedly I received a complimentary copy of the book direct from the publisher Amistad (an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers), without being obligated to post a review, as my ruminations on behalf of this novel are for my own edification only.

Interest in reading the stories:

Loved the continuity of the historical era in which the author started inside Wench. I regularly read Southern Lit in regards to the Deep South, plantations, abolitionists and the Underground Railroad in general. My first TLC Book Tour was for The House Girl and since then I have continued to find novels set within this era either for TLC or other publicists; the last of which was Redfield Farm.

Blog Book Tour | “Balm” by Dolen Perkins-ValdezBalm
by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
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Narrator: Lisa Renee Pitts

The New York Times bestselling author of Wench—called "a fascinating and tragic story" by NPR.org, "deeply moving" by USA Today, and "lyrical and devastatingly beautiful" by People magazine—returns to the Civil War era to explore history's next chapter in this powerful story of love and healing.

The Civil War has ended, and Madge, Sadie, and Hemp have each come to Chicago in search of a new life.

Born with magical hands, Madge has the power to discern others' suffering and ease it, but she cannot heal her own damaged heart. To mend herself and continue to help those in need, she must return to Tennessee to face the women healers who rejected her as a child.

Sadie can commune with the dead, but until she makes peace with her father, she, too, cannot fully engage her gift.

Searching for his missing family, Hemp arrives in this northern city that shimmers with possibility. But redemption cannot be possible until he is reunited with those taken from him.

In the bitter aftermath of a terrible, bloody war, as a divided nation tries to come together once again, Madge, Sadie, and Hemp will be caught up in an unexpected battle for survival in a community desperate to lay the pain of the past to rest.

Beautiful in its historical atmosphere and emotional depth, Balm is a stirring novel of love, loss, hope, and reconciliation set during one of the most critical periods in American history.

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Genres: Historical Fiction, War Drama, Literary Fiction, Southern Lit


Published by Amistad

on 3rd January, 2015

Format: Paperback

Pages: 374

Length: 9.2 hours

Published By: Amistad (@AmistadBooks)
an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers (@HarperCollins)
Available Formats: Hardcover, Softcover, Audiobook, and Ebook

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Wench
by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
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Narrator: Quincy Tyler Bernstine

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Series: P.S. Series


Genres: Historical Fiction, Southern Lit


Published by Amistad

on 25th, January 2011

Format: P.S. Edition Paperback

Pages: 294

Length: 8 hours, 17 minutes

Wench Available Formats: Hardcover, P.S. Edition paperback, Audiobook, and Ebook

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About Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Wench. Her fiction has appeared in the Kenyon Review, StoryQuarterly, StorySouth, and elsewhere.

In 2011 she was a finalist for two NAACP Image Awards and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for fiction. She was also awarded the First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

She teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program in Maine. A graduate of Harvard and a former University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA, Dolen Perkins-Valdez lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.

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Blog Book Tour | “Redfield Farm” (a novel of the Underground Railroad) by Judith Redline Coopey Historical Fiction based on ancestral past of the author!

Posted Tuesday, 7 April, 2015 by jorielov , , , 0 Comments

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Acquired Book By:

I was selected to be a tour stop on the “Redfield Farm” virtual book tour through Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. I received a complimentary copy of “Redfield Farm” direct from the author Judith Redline Coopey, in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

Inspired to Read:

I had disclosed my connection to the Underground Railroad through my ancestral line whilst I interviewed the author, however, more to the point, I believe there will be a need to keep mindful of stories involving the Underground Railroad until such a time in our current timeline of history where racial intolerance and injustice is no longer a headline in the news media. Even as I penned my thoughts on behalf of this fictional story set within the time frame of the author’s historical past, I learnt of a new story emerging (courtesy of Twitter’s Trending Stories) which shows how far we still have to travel for the civil rights and liberties for all persons living in our country to be acknowledged and defended.

Fiction proves to seek a way forward in our national conscience and our conversation about where we need to strive to put a positive step forward towards change. Historical fiction gives us a way forward through acknowledging the past, seeing how history wronged individuals and how the courage of those who fought to free slaves caught in states who were not free to live on their own terms, truly helped make progress happen. It saddens me there are new issues facing us where we still do not live in a society where acceptance of our differences is not yet commonplace.

Writers such as Judith Redline Coopey are boldly taking a stand by providing readers with a compelling drama set during a tumultuous time in history which echoes forward a chilling reality readers today can sympathise with recognition.

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Blog Book Tour | “Redfield Farm” (a novel of the Underground Railroad) by Judith Redline Coopey Historical Fiction based on ancestral past of the author!Redfield Farm: A Novel of the Underground Railroad
by Judith Redline Coopey
Source: Author via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

Book Synopsis of Redfield Farm:

Ann Redfield is destined to follow her brother Jesse through life – two years behind him – all the way. Jesse is a conductor on the Underground Railroad, and Ann follows him there as well.

Quakers filled with a conviction as hard as Pennsylvania limestone that slavery is an abomination to be resisted with any means available, the Redfield brother and sister lie, sneak, masquerade and defy their way past would-be enforcers of the hated Fugitive Slave Law.

Their activities inevitably lead to complicated relationships when Jesse returns from a run with a deadly fever, accompanied by a fugitive, Josiah, who is also sick and close to death. Ann nurses both back to health. But precious time is lost, and Josiah, too weak for winter travel, stays on at Redfield Farm. Ann becomes his teacher, friend and confidant. When grave disappointment disrupts her life, Ann turns to Josiah for comfort, and comfort leads to intimacy. The result, both poignant and inspiring, leads to a life long devotion to one another and their cause.

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Genres: Historical Fiction


Published by Indi Publishing Group

on 3rd August, 2010

Format: Paperback

Pages: 280

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Published By: Indi Publishing Group 
Available Formats: Paperback, Ebook

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About Judith Redline Coopey

Judith Redline Coopey

Judith Redline Coopey, born in Altoona, PA holds degrees from the Pennsylvania State University and Arizona State University. A passion for history inherited from her father drives her writing and a love for Pennsylvania sustains it.

Her first book, Redfield Farm was the story of the Underground Railroad in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. The second, Waterproof, tells how the 1889 Johnstown Flood nearly destroyed a whole city and one young woman’s life. Looking For Jane is a quest for love and family in the 1890s brought to life through the eyes of Nell, a young girl convinced that Calamity Jane is her mother.

Her most recent work, The Furnace: Volume One of the Juniata Iron Trilogy, is set on an iron plantation near where she grew up and tells the story of an ill conceived marriage of convenience as it plays out over a lifetime. As a teacher, writer and student of history,

Ms Coopey finds her inspiration in the rich history of her native state and in stories of the lives of those who have gone before.

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