Touched By Fire Review + Win a $35 Amazon Giftcard {Book Review & Giveaway}

* I received a free ebook for my review of Touched by Fire, courtesy of Novel Publicity.  All opinions are my own.

Touched by Fire

 

Welcome to the REVIEW EVENT for Chris Datta’s Historical Fiction Novel Touched with Fire! We have a great giveaway at the bottom of the post and hope you enjoy hearing about this fabulous book. But first, the details:

Ellen Craft is Property

In this case, of her half-sister Debra, to whom she was given as a wedding gift. The illegitimate daughter of a Georgia plantation owner and a house slave, she learned to hate her own image, which so closely resembled that of her “father:” the same wiry build, the same blue eyes, and the same pale—indeed, lily-white—skin. Ellen lives a solitary life until she falls, unexpectedly, in love with a dark-skinned slave named William Craft, and together they devise a plan to run North. Ellie will pose as a gentleman planter bound for Philadelphia accompanied by his “boy” Will. They make it as far as Baltimore when Will is turned back, and Ellie has no choice but continue. With no way of knowing if he is dead or alive, she resolves to make a second journey—South again. And so Elijah Craft enlists with the 125th Ohio Volunteers of the Union Army: she will literally fight her way back to her husband. Eli/Ellie’s journey is the story of an extraordinary individual and an abiding love, but also of the corrosive effects of slavery, and of a nation at a watershed moment.

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Author: Christopher Datta

Genre: Historical/Women’s/African American Fiction

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Review:

I thought this was a fairly well written book, although I will say, as a history buff, that this book is very LOOSELY based on the lives of Ellen and William Craft.   The first half of the book is written in an easy-to-read fashion and it goes quickly.  The second half of the book focuses on Ellen/Eli’s time in the war.  I love seeing a novel about the Civil War written from a woman’s perspective – they were such an integral part of that period in history and I feel authors many times marginalize them.  Not so in this case – Ellen’s perspectives, attitudes, and experiences come through loud and clear, and this is something that I really appreciate as a female reader..

As with many Civil War novels, there are many emotions that are brought up while reading, which I think is an excellent quality of any book, but especially of a book like this – it is important to remember our past, even if it is painful to do so.  All in all, I liked the book a lot – it is well written, entertaining, and a quick read.  Please make sure to read the author’s note at the end, where the author has kindly given a true account of Ellen Craft’s life, which I think is important given that there is a lot of fiction inserted into this book.  I definitely recommend it for Civil War buffs and lovers of historical fiction.

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About the Author:

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Born in Washington, DC Chris Datta, Foreign Service officer, has been on numerous battlefields for his job and country. He has seen mass graves, brought war criminals to justice and in this new chapter, Datta brings readers a stunning historical account of the American Civil War with Touched with Fire. His attention to detail is superb, and his experiences abroad have given him ample stories to tell for years to come. His action packed life has taken him across the world from the United States to Liberia and Southern Sudan. Not only serving in active war zones but often battling tropical diseases, Datta has nurtured his fascination with civil conflict by diving into the history books and historical records of America’s past. His research is meticulous, and his attention to detail creates vivid pictures of the past.

Follow Chris on his website for updates about new releases and upcoming events: http://touchedwithfire.org