As elegant as the Sacramento residence she operates, Isabelle Labrie keeps her past concealed, like the treasure she hides under the Golden Hotel. It’s 1853, the heyday of the California Gold Rush. Isabelle is full of hope, staking her claim on the city’s refined clientele and her future on a sweetheart’s promise to marry her when he returns from the gold fields. Then, unexpected guests—fugitive slaves seeking safe passage to the North—force her to confront her past and reconsider her path.
While Isabelle learns to trust God’s provisions, a law student in Virginia must confront his father’s cruelty and rescue a young slave from his family’s tobacco plantation. As the two escape to freedom, and Isabelle risks everything to harbor runaway slaves, the past and present are set on an inevitable collision course—one that reveals hidden treasures of the heart.
Wow. I had not read a book by Melanie Dobson yet and I have to say I have found a new favorite author.
I don’t even know where to begin with this book. My daughter asked me about it and I honestly didn’t even know what to tell her because there are so many layers that can be confusing but when you’re reading it makes perfect sense.
This story takes you places that aren’t comfortable to go to or think about but it is a truth in our history.
Melanie did a great job of revealing information slowly and my eyes opening to what was happening and how lives were intertwining.
Isabelle is a wonderful heroine and Alden is a great hero. Both of them are trying to escape their pasts and make their own way.
This was a book I carved time out to read because I had to see what happened next, there truly was never a dull moment. If you are intrigued by our country’s past with slavery I have no doubt you will love this book.
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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.