Welcome to the REVIEW EVENT for Chris Datta’s Historical Fiction Novel Touched with Fire! We have a great giveaway at the bottom of the post and hope you enjoy hearing about this fabulous book. But first, the details:
In this case, of her half-sister Debra, to whom she was given as a wedding gift. The illegitimate daughter of a Georgia plantation owner and a house slave, she learned to hate her own image, which so closely resembled that of her “father:” the same wiry build, the same blue eyes, and the same pale—indeed, lily-white—skin.
Ellen lives a solitary life until she falls, unexpectedly, in love with a dark-skinned slave named William Craft, and together they devise a plan to run North. Ellie will pose as a gentleman planter bound for Philadelphia accompanied by his “boy” Will. They make it as far as Baltimore when Will is turned back, and Ellie has no choice but continue. With no way of knowing if he is dead or alive, she resolves to make a second journey—South again. And so Elijah Craft enlists with the 125th Ohio Volunteers of the Union Army: she will literally fight her way back to her husband.
Eli/Ellie’s journey is the story of an extraordinary individual and an abiding love, but also of the corrosive effects of slavery, and of a nation at a watershed moment.
Author: Christopher Datta
Genre: Historical/Women’s/African American Fiction
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I love historical fictions. You might recall when I did the review for The Midwife’s Revolt – an amazingly well written book about a midwife who becomes a spy during the Revolutionary War. Loved it.
This book, Touched with Fire, is an amazing book about Ellen Craft, a slave who looks white and is able to escape slavery, only to have to literally fight her way back to the south to rescue her still enslaved husband.
In order to escape and to make her way back south, Ellie has to pretend to be a white man, Eli. She enlists in the Union Army and fights her way back south to find, and rescue her husband.
The book is incredibly detailed and had me on edge the entire time. I could not wait to find out what happened to Ellie/Eli and William. It gave me a completely different perspective into the lives of slaves through the emotions described and the thoughts that Christopher Datta expresses through Ellie.
Anyone who likes stories about strong, empowered women, Civil War books, and historical fictions will enjoy this book!
Review Event Schedule:
|21-Apr||My Devotional Thoughts|
|21-Apr||Deal Sharing Aunt|
|22-Apr||Jelly Side Up – Promo Only|
|22-Apr||Our Wolves Den|
|23-Apr||The Mama Games|
|24-Apr||My Writer’s Cramp|
|24-Apr||The World As I See It|
|25-Apr||I am indeed|
|26-Apr||Rick And Eileen Bremner|
|28-Apr||No Holding Back|
About the Author:
Born in Washington, DC Chris Datta, Foreign Service officer, has been on numerous battlefields for his job and country. He has seen mass graves, brought war criminals to justice and in this new chapter, Datta brings readers a stunning historical account of the American Civil War with Touched with Fire. His attention to detail is superb, and his experiences abroad have given him ample stories to tell for years to come.
His action packed life has taken him across the world from the United States to Liberia and Southern Sudan. Not only serving in active war zones but often battling tropical diseases, Datta has nurtured his fascination with civil conflict by diving into the history books and historical records of America’s past. His research is meticulous, and his attention to detail creates vivid pictures of the past.
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