Welcome to my stop on the book tour for Trouble The Water by Jacqueline Friedland.  Thank you to @suzyapprovedbooktours for the invitation!

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SYNOPSIS: Abigail Milton was born into the British middle class, but her family has landed in unthinkable debt. To ease their burdens, Abby’s parents send her to America to live off the charity of their old friend, Douglas Elling. When she arrives in Charleston at the age of seventeen, Abigail discovers that the man her parents raved about is a disagreeable widower who wants little to do with her. To her relief, he relegates her care to a governess, leaving her to settle into his enormous estate with little interference. But just as she begins to grow comfortable in her new life, she overhears her benefactor planning the escape of a local slave—and suddenly, everything she thought she knew about Douglas Elling is turned on its head. 

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Abby’s attempts to learn more about Douglas and his involvement in abolition initiate a circuitous dance of secrets and trust. As Abby and Douglas each attempt to manage their complicated interior lives, readers can’t help but hope that their meandering will lead them straight to each other. Set against the vivid backdrop of Charleston twenty years before the Civil War, Trouble the Water is a captivating tale replete with authentic details about Charleston’s aristocratic planter class, American slavery, and the Underground Railroad.

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MY THOUGHTS:  I loved the journey to Charleston in 1846.  There is so much historical detail and research here and the setting came alive as I read the story of Douglas Elling and Abigail Milton.  These are characters that are tough, admirable, vulnerable and worth rooting for.  There is romance here, but there is also the story of a pregnant slave named Clover and the brutality that she and the other slaves had to face.  These characters intertwine in their search for freedom, liberty and acceptance.

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This is my first time reading pre-Civil War historical fiction.  I have read mostly WWII fiction, but this book made me want to branch out and read different types of historical fiction.  If you love historical fiction, I would highly recommend checking this one out.  It’s very well-written and the characters felt so real to me.

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