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PRICE OF PASSAGE by Larry F. Sommers takes the reader on a harrowing journey from Norway to the farmland of Illinois, spanning the Pre-Civil War era of brutal slavery into the early stages of the horrifying war. His use of historical events and vivid descriptions truly brings this epic tale and its fascinating characters to life. The writing is crisp, with intense pacing that will not let up until the last page, leaving the reader in awe of this masterfully crafted story. Well done, Sommers.—Gregory Lee Renz, multi-award-winning author of BENEATH THE FLAMES.
It’s 1853. ANDERS, the law at his heels, sails from Norway to seek a life of honor and respect in America. MARIA, a boat builder’s daughter also seeking a new start, knows that she is just what Anders needs.
DANIEL, a young plantation runaway, flees northward to “free soil.” Newlyweds Anders and Maria find him in their barnyard, hiding from slave catchers who can legally capture and return him to his master. Daniel’s plight draws Anders, and drags Maria, into the conflict that is tearing the country apart.
Price of Passage is a tale of three pioneers whose lives depend on one another. The coming of civil war puts one in the Navy, one in the Army, and one at home, where she strives to save her farm and herself from a merciless creditor and finds a unique solution.
Their harrowing journeys—filled with death and despair, love and hope—take Anders, Maria, and Daniel from New Orleans up the Mississippi River, into America’s wild heartland.
The story unfolds with increasing depth and the author’s research into the era and the lives of that time shine brightly on each page. It is a story that can be equally sad and sobering, as it portrays a time in history that pit family members against family members, and a nation against itself. Yet it is a compelling read, bringing about almost-haunting memories of the people of our past who came to these shores and forged a destiny of blood and tears as they sought their freedom.
I lost myself in the time as I read it, and put the book down, feeling as if I was part of those three lives, the true telling of a gifted author.—LB “Brigid” Johnson, best-selling author of TRUE COURSE: LESSONS FROM A LIFE ALOFT and SAVING GRACE: A STORY OF ADOPTION
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