Author: Louis Leveen
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: TLC Book Tours
Based on a true story, the secrets of Mary Bowser is an amazing story of remarkable woman. Mary Bowser, who was born into slavery, was sent to Philadelphia for schooling by her owner Bet Van Lew – who doesn’t believe in slavery. Mary’s mother is less than thrilled with the idea, at first, because her family is already separated. May’s parents are owned by different families and therefore do not reside under the same roof. Mary’s father speaks on her behalf, pointing out Mary’s ability to be free and live life slavery doesn’t allow for. So, with the permission of her parents, Mary is sent to Philadelphia.
Mary’s world is opened wide by her time in Philadelphia. She makes true friends who led her to heroic destiny. While working to help free slaves, Mary gets notification of her father’s decline. Determined to spend the rest of the time he has left with him, Mary moves back to fight slavery from the other side. Now a spy in enemy territory, Mary risks her life so that others can have freedom.
I LOVE historical fiction, specifically stories about the Civil War. There is so much emotion within this book. It was difficult to read at times due to the sheer horrors of slavery and the mistreatment of people. This story is exquisitely written and tells a tale you won’t soon forget. It amazes me how some of the human race can do nothing for anyone and others put their lives at stake, risking all for the sake of others. I was hooked from the beginning of this story and highly suggest it to others who love stories based on true stories.