Title: Freedom's Embrace
Blush Sensuality Level: This is a suggestive romance (love scenes are not graphic).
Jonathan is the only doctor within several days’ ride of Graham, Pennsylvania, and is desperate for a nurse to assist him. His salvation comes in the form of Naomi, a runaway slave who shows up ill on his doorstep. When she agrees to be his nurse in exchange for treatment, his world lights up. Unfortunately, not everyone in town approves of Jonathan’s new nurse. His mother and some of his patients express their distaste for her, but she’s captured Jonathan’s heart, and he’ll defend her at any cost.
When Naomi’s former master rides into town, Jonathan discovers just how far he will go to keep the woman he loves from being torn from his arms, and from freedom’s embrace.
Author: Kianna Alexander
Published by Ellora's Cave Source: Publisher
Published: 1 August, 2013
Genres: Historical Romace
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A few years before the start of the civil war, a runaway slave collapses in the doorway of the local doctor’s home in Pennsylvania. Naomi has traveled on foot, despite becoming increasingly ill with the flu, and manages to confirm her arrival in a free state with an understanding doctor Jonathan.
As the story unfolds, Jonathan is enamored of Naomi, and her quiet helpfulness and willingness to assist him in his office provide ample opportunity to learn about each other.
Slowly the townsfolk begin to see the sparks between the two – but it takes her former master’s arrival and subsequent confrontation for Naomi to understand the depth of Jonathan’s feelings for her.
Characters are fairly well defined and voiced, with secondary characters making quick appearances and all of their outstanding character traits more clearly defined by the narration than actual development in interactions. The town did have a compelling story about the desire to be a town dedicated to the thought that all people are equal, and only a few moments of overt racism are apparent. More often are the women throwing themselves at Jonathan for marriage: from outrageously forward to offering marriage as payment for services.
Not a bad novella in all: the runaway status of Naomi is not kept a secret, and the law in the town has no interest in returning her to servitude. A major point of confusion and dischord for me was in Jonathan’s description and the confusing and contradictory statements, in one he is passing for white, the next he has caramel skin, and the townspeople he has lived with and around for years do not know of his mixed race heritage, even with his mulatto mother in the area. While this ability to ‘pass’ may have served Jonathan well in his life to this point, it makes for some confusion for the reader. This was not a major hiccup in this mostly sweet story that bursts into flames near the end on the way to a happily ever after.
I received an eBook from the publisher for purpose of honest review for the Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.