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.

Armentia learns about Jesus and comes to realize that he is available to everyone. This hope, and the hope that one day she will be free and own her own land with a well, keeps her going. (BETHANY HOUSE, Nov., 336 pp., $12.99)

Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel