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Genre: Inspirational, Historical Fiction
Christy Award winner Foster researched her own family's past for this exquisite novel about a half-Cherokee/half-black slave girl forced to walk the Trail of Tears in the late 1800s. Through Armentia's first-person narrative, readers will feel the heartbreak and trials of this horrific ordeal, but will also experience the joys. Hope carries Armentia, even in her darkest hours. The people in her life who share the true message of Jesus also shine a light. It is almost inconceivable that these events occurred, but this novel can help tell the story so it is not forgotten.
As a young girl, Armentia's life is fairly carefree. Although she is a mixed Cherokee and black slave, she is owned by Cherokees and her family is treated well. As the years pass, events occur that are full of sorrow. Family members are sold and killed. The U.S. government forces the Indians to relocate a thousand miles away, and the people are made to walk that distance.
Reviewed By: Melissa Parcel
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: November 2006