Band of Sisters, by Cathy Gohlke, brings to light the horrors white slavery long ago. Gohlke tells the story in such a way that the reader must wonder how such conditions could exist then as well as in the modern day.
Maureen O’Reilly travels to America with her sister, spurning the protection of family friend, Joshua Keeton. When they arrive, however, her sister has contracted chicken pox and is quarantined, and Maureen is left to find lodging and employment on her own. She ends up working in what she thinks is a reputable department store, but things begin to look frightening when she notices her co-workers disappearing. Joshua finds himself employed to protect the O’Reilly sisters, and they both become heavily involved in the exposure of the crime ring. Meanwhile, Olivia Wakefield and her friends try to determine what Jesus would have them do to help.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It effectively brought to light the plight of those caught in slavery rings. It challenges all of us to ask what Jesus would have us to aid in the situation today.
I would recommend this book to all who love historical fiction and a serious challenge.
I was provided a copy of this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.