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Kim Vogel SawyerWaterbrook Press / 2021 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$8.994.5 out of 5 stars for Freedom's Song. View reviews of this product. 20 Reviews
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Fhlady5 Stars Out Of 5From Indenture to FreedomOctober 29, 2021FhladyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Fanny Beck as a young Irish girl was indentured as a singer on Sloan Kirkpatrick's riverboat. She thought it was 7 years, but when she reached 21, she discovered it was 7 years for every person in her family. When a riverboat disaster pushed her overboard, was this her chance to make her escape?
I absolutely loved how God played such a strong role in this novel. Each time Fanny was at another crossroads with Sloan chasing her, God provided a way for her to escape further from his clutches. It seemed when Fanny blessed someone else, in turn, God blessed her. I also liked how she used her talents as a singer to help both the African American family she was helping as well as herself.
Another well written historical fiction novel from Kim Vogel Sawyer.
**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5American ImmigrantsOctober 29, 2021CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Freedom's Song gave me a different look at life in the United States in the mid 1800s! I experienced a taste of what life was like for African-Americans as well as German and Scottish immigrants! I admired Fanny for keeping a strong faith in God even when imprisoned as a singer on a riverboat. I did not like Sloan who owned the riverboat and tricked Fanny's illiterate father into indenturing her for 35 years! Walter Kuhn was a hardworking man trying to care for an infant daughter and his farm at the same time even while blaming himself for his wife's death in a barn fire! Walter may feel like a coward but he is an honorable man. Fanny and Walter both learn that in Christ we can find freedom and "All is Well!" I recommend Freedom's Song to others who enjoy historical fiction. I received complimentary advance e-book through Net Galley. This is my honest opinion.
reliWIAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5FreedomOctober 26, 2021reliWIAge: 25-34Gender: femaleKim Vogel Sawyer has a talent for writing in a style that I love and always want more of. This book was no different and I read it in a matter of a couple of days. Of course, being on vacation certainly helped me be able to read it faster.
Fanny is an indentured servant on a river boat. Indentured servant is a nice term, basically she was a slave. She finds a chance to flee because she knows that her master is not going to give her her freedom when her time is up. I don't want to give a lot of spoilers, but there is, of course, the happy ending and the suspenseful moments before you reach the happy ending that keep you on the edge of your seat.
But there's something I want to focus on and I hope I don't give away any spoilers in doing this. There is a point, towards the very end of the book, when Fanny's freedom is once again endangered and she is not sure she will remain a free person physically. It is at that point that she realizes something very profound. She realizes that it doesn't matter what her freedom status is in the physical world, she has Christ living in her heart and so she is free. She is free in the very realest meaning of the word free. She is free in Christ. Once Fannie recognizes that, she is filled with a peace that enables her to move ahead not knowing what will happen to her. That is a freedom that each person needs to realize for themselves and I thought the way Kim brought that about in the story was very powerful.
I received this book from Waterbrook & Multnomah via NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5love this romanceOctober 25, 2021ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is definitely one of my favorite books that I have ever read. I loved Fanny and love that she finds her happiness and freedom after years of servitude. It was fun to learn about Walter and his daughter Annaliese. The parts with Sloan and how he evolves throughout the story is fantastic. I did not want to put the story down. I love the emotion and the romance and the bits of suspense. I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook and Multnomah for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
CarolynAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Inspiritng, Captivating ReadOctober 24, 2021CarolynAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Expert storyteller Kim Vogel Sawyer delivers another five-star novel with Freedom"s Song! Her expressive prose and meaningful, well-written dialogue kept me hanging on to every word. I fell in love with strong yet vulnerable heroine and hero Fanny and Walter. They quickly made my list of favorite fictional couples. The secondary characters--the escaped slaves, Josephine, and Sloan--are also richly drawn and memorable. The story, set in 1860, moves quickly and flows smoothly and held me captive from beginning to end.
I greatly appreciate the faith element that flows freely through the story filled with spiritual truths regarding trusting God for His provision and how He puts people in our lives to help us see His plan for us. The theme of freedom--physical, emotional, and spiritual--permeating the story is beautifully expounded and thought provoking. The romance is slow-building and sweet. The "embarrassing moments" between Fanny and Walter are precious. Freedom"s Song is a wonderfully inspiring and absorbing read whose stirring message will resonate with you long after you finish the final page. This book easily made my Best Reads of the Year list--a book to read and reread, and I highly recommend it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.