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Their Journey Begins...
Years prior to the American Civil War, the hardships and tests of life are developing traits of strength, courage and integrity into the lives of individuals who are destined to meet. Freedom and their survival mean relying on others when they have all learned to rely on nobody…
Their Journey Begins is a prequel featuring individual short story vignettes of Greggory, Robert, Marissa, and Daniel before their lives converge into the full length novel, Journey to Freedom.
Greggory is a half-breed; a mix of Indian and black blood who struggles both emotionally and physically with hatred and prejudice.
Robert is a slave on a Florida plantation who takes in the starving, angry young Greggory under his wing and helps him grow into a man of courage and valor.
Marrissa is a young girl who watches her mother waste away working as a maid in the saloon after the death of her husband. Dodging the advances of the saloon owner and his threats to put her in service, Marrissa dreams of having a better life and strikes out on her own after her mother's sudden illness and death.
Daniel is an introvert who finds his safe haven nestled in a cabin away from civilization and his painful past. His business of trapping is successful and he finds contentment in the simple life he leads and a measure of peace until two visitors uproots his comfortable isolation.
What readers are saying about Their Journey Begins:
~ The author has created a great `prologue' style book that draws you in, and leaves you wanting more.
~ Their Journey Begins is a beginning, and an end, an interconnecting of lives interrupted, ripped away, by a society of oppression, a dark period in American history, when slaves were considered possessions.
~ It is written tightly and with heart, and holds the reader throughout, but it needs to be read in conjunction with its sequel for a fuller view to be grasped and understood, although without it, it still stands alone as a lovely read that I recommend for the whole family.