The cholera brings together three lives: Loius, a black slave, who is untouched by the dread disease himself, but buries those of the town who succumb; Adria, a child orphaned by the disease; and Ruth, a woman widowed by it. Longing for a family, Adria goes to live with Ruth, but the latter seems almost unable to love again due to her grief. As time passes and Adria approaches womanhood, she grows more and more interested in abolition, but it is not a safe topic in the town - or with the man courting her. The arrival of a new pastor and the death of Louis' master change many things, though. The new pastor is young and single, and the inheritors of Louis and the other slaves plan to sell them all down the river to a still worse bondage. Can Adria mobilise the town to save Louis? And will love triumph over fear?
As historical fiction, this book provides a snapshot of life in the South before abolition. Based on actual events as regards Louis (as per the historical note), it smoothly blends fact and fiction to form a tale with elements of romance, adventure, pathos and suspense. Overall, the writing is good, the content clean, the message helpful and the characters well-drawn. The story is good, but I found it a bit too easy to put down. A good solid 4-star book, but not quite a 5-star for me.
Note that I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review and this is my considered opinion of the book.