Release date: June 4, 2019
Author: Lori Benton
Plot summary: When captured rebel Alex MacKinnon is granted the king’s mercy – exile to the Colony of North Carolina – he’s indentured to Edmund Carey as a blacksmith. Against his will, Alex is drawn into the struggles of Carey’s slaves and those of his stepdaughter, Joanna Carey. Joanna is expected to wed her father’s overseer, Phineas Reeves, but finds herself drawn instead to the new blacksmith. As their unlikely relationship deepens, successive tragedies strike the Careys. When blame falls unfairly upon Alex he flees to the distant mountains where he encounters Reverend Pauling, a preacher and prisoner of the Cherokees. Haunted by his abandonment of Joanna, Alex tries to settle into life with the Cherokees, until circumstances thwart yet another attempt to forge his freedom and he’s faced with the choice that’s long hounded him: continue down his current path or embrace the faith of a man like Pauling, whose freedom in Christ no man can steal. But the price of such mercy is total surrender, and perhaps Alex’s very life.