Saturday, May 26, 2012

Freedom Bound by Jean Rae Baxter, reviewed by Shauna Freemantle, Age 14


Ronsdale Press, 256 pp; $11.95
From the National Post 

Freedom Bound by Jean Rae Baxter was an incredible conclusion to the author’s bestselling trilogy which captivated my imagination. From the first line in the story, you become intrigued by young Charlotte Shcyler’s story.

At 18 years old, Charlotte is sailing from Canada to join her new husband, Nick in Charleston where the American Revolution rages on. From the moment Charlotte steps off the putrid, filth-ridden ship, she is met with challenges. From rescuing Nick from an alligator infested swamp to setting two slaves she has befriended free, Charlotte is an impeccably strong character.

This novel’s 256 pages are filled to the brim with not only historical details that touch on slavery, battles, and more, but are also full of creative flair from the author. Described with great accuracy and detail is a troubled time in an even more troubled place, every citizen divided by race, gender, age and most importantly, whether you were Loyalist or Patriot. Baxter’s stellar novel gets 5 out of 5 stars from me!

Jean Rae Baxter will the guest speaker at the “You can write great characters” workshop on Saturday, June 23, in Guelph. Details here.

See Brian's full schedule here, including creative writing courses and writing workshops in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario, and beyond. 

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