Candle in the Darkness: Utah Bookclub Selection for January

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Review from Amazon.com: From the time she was 12, Caroline Fletcher, daughter of a wealthy Richmond, VA, slave-holding family, knew she was different, for she knew that the household slaves were human beings, not mere property. When her mother commits suicide, Caroline is sent first to the Fletcher plantation and then to relatives in Philadelphia. Three years later, as the nation teeters on the brink of civil war, her father brings her home. Caroline is now a determined abolitionist, and she struggles to live in a culture where people believe that slavery is ordained by God. With her fiance, father, and cousin off fighting in the war, Caroline embarks on a dangerous path of spying and intrigue that tests her faith and demands risk and sacrifice.

My thoughts: This is a book you can recommend to anyone. It is very clean and, in general, everyone does ‘the right thing’. That said, Caroline’s moral superiority, while correct, is a little unbelievable. She does the right thing all the time no matter the consequences, whether it is the disapproval of her father or losing her fiance. She never falters. You’ll either love her or put the book down, roll your eyes, and say “oh, please.” (Guess what category I was in??)

There is a love story in this book but it is still safe to recommend to your friends and teens. It is very clean and very proper; there is a whole lot of hugging going on.

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2 thoughts on “Candle in the Darkness: Utah Bookclub Selection for January

    Tara said:
    February 12, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    think I’ll skip it-we miss you in our book club

    tina said:
    February 12, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Definitely the “roll-your-eyes.” You make me laugh!!!

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