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Ebook Details
  • 12/2021
  • 978-1-9772-4878-7 B09PC6BGX3
  • 318 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 12/2021
  • 978-1-9772-4878-7 BO9PC6BGX3
  • 318 pages
  • $19.95
In Freedom's Light

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

A Sweeping Saga of Faith, Friendship, and the Enduring Bonds of Family It is 1785 and enforcers of the Spanish Inquisition are still hunting down and torturing conversos—Jews who outwardly converted to Christianity, but who practiced their Judaism in secret. When nineteen-year-old converso Anica Amselem refuses a cut of pork in Valencia’s marketplace, she and her husband Efren come under the suspicion of the Church as secret Jews, endangering their lives and that of their infant daughter Isabel. Accompanied by Anica’s beloved friend and servant, Mariana, they set sail for Charleston, South Carolina where Efren’s uncle, Philip, owns a rice plantation. Within weeks of their arrival, Anica’s promise to her dead mother to continue to observe her Jewish faith and light the Sabbath candles, and Efren’s plans to start a shipping business begin to unravel. Even as they form unexpected bonds with the young house slave Ruth and her mother Lindy, Anica and Efren are forced to confront Philip’s secret life of debauchery, and the horrors of enslavement. Set against the background of eighteenth and nineteenth century Charleston and Philadelphia, In Freedom’s Light creates an intricately woven tapestry of three generations of the unique and unforgettable Amselem family. Meticulously researched and driven by beautifully drawn characters, the novel is filled with their joys and sorrows, hopes and disappointments. A tale of the power of love and friendship, it is, above all, an affirmation of family beyond race and bloodlines, and the strength of the bonds and traditions that unite us.
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"...On the surface, the themes of In Freedom's Light were simple - hardships, family, religion, race, and traditions - but the story was so much more than that. The author made the story personal for readers. Women had a prominent and strong presence in the story and that made me love it even more. ...I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves to read historical fiction."     - Readers' Favorite Five-Star Review 

"Friedman skillfully breathes life into her characters making it easy to be drawn in by them. I shared their triumphs and their heartaches, their joys and their struggles, rooting for them all the way! That she does her homework is evident. Not afraid to tackle difficult subjects, she does so with brilliance and incredible grace, without shying away from painful truths. While no doubt some of the subject matter is hard, ultimately, this is a story about family, love, honor, being true to your values and doing the right thing."  -Nancy Carey Johnson, Author, Life is Good and The Vermont Homesteader's Christmas Memories  

 

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 12/2021
  • 978-1-9772-4878-7 B09PC6BGX3
  • 318 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 12/2021
  • 978-1-9772-4878-7 BO9PC6BGX3
  • 318 pages
  • $19.95

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