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Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana by Melanie Dobson


Cover art: Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana
Author: Melanie Dobson
Publisher: Summerside Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-934-770-74-0
Release Date: June 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Inspirational Romance
Year/Setting: 1850/Liberty, Indiana
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Melanie's Website: www.melaniedobson.com

Anna Brent’s home in Liberty, Indiana has become a stop on the Underground Railroad. Her Quaker upbringing has fostered a strong belief in her that all people are created equal since God made us all. That belief doesn’t allow then for the practice of slavery and she is willing to do whatever it takes to aid this mistreated humans. However, in order to be effective, she has to protect her identity and sometimes that means not speaking her true views.

This is especially difficult when she meets Daniel Stanton. Daniel causes feelings in her that she has never had before and doesn’t quite know what to do with. He is Liberty’s newspaper editor and has very strong views against slavery as well. However, he is still fairly new to town and she doesn’t know if she can trust him.

They are drawn together by the very situation they think is between them – the protection of runaway slaves.

Melanie Dobson has done a very nice job of research on this manuscript and created a very poignant illustration of events face by the slaves as well as the abolitionists who sought to help them. When Marie comes through with her new infant, Peter, Anna has to struggle to remain detached and yet the survival of the station, as well as her own, depends on it.

I was very touched by the story. Yes, it was fiction but it depicted the trials of slavery with reality and yet a touch of simple elegance. The emotions were on the surface and I really enjoyed the travel.


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