Honor, written by Lyn Cote, is the first novel in the Quaker Brides series. It is set in 1819 and addresses several issues, such as abolition, women’s rights, spousal abuse, and capabilities of those with disabilities.
Honor Penworthy plans to inherit her grandfather’s plantation and free its slaves; but, in order to prevent this, he leaves it to her cousin instead. Now nearly destitute and homeless, Honor travels to Pittsburg to begin a new life and visit a distant relative. Unable to find work, she agrees to marry Samuel Cathwell, a deaf glassblower. When they travel to Ohio to begin a new life, taking her maid and his nephew, they face many challenges and must learn how to face them together. But when Honor becomes involved in the Underground Railroad, not knowing how Samuel feels about such things, things become very complicated.
This was a marvelous book. I was impressed at the author’s ability to fit so many social issues into one story so well. The use of sign language and society’s low opinion of the deaf, slavery and freed black people’s rights, and women’s rights were all skillfully interwoven into this novel.
I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction.
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