Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana by Melanie Dobson is an historical romance set in 1850, during the peak of the Underground Railroad, ten years before the start of the American Civil War. Anna Brent is a Quaker abolitionist who runs a hiding station on the Underground Railroad with her father. Anna is a strong woman, willing to sacrifice what she wants for what she knows is right. She wishes to marry, but feels that her work on the Underground Railroad is too important and too dangerous to allow her to do so.
Nonetheless, Anna is interested in Daniel Stanton, the new editor of the newspaper. His outspokenness about abolition makes her wary of being associated with him for fear people would guess she is harboring slaves. Her friendship with his sister brings her into a closer acquaintance with Daniel. When her work is endangered, she is forced to trust him.
Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana is paced well. It moves fluidly and easily, without leaving the reader breathless. Melanie Dobson’s research into Quakers and the Underground Railroad is historically sound. She handles delicate subjects (such as the pregnancy of a minor character) very well. She integrates faith in God and scriptural principles into her story and the lives of her characters. Her characters are adequate for the story, although they act in somewhat exaggerated ways at times. The story itself is fun and intriguing.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it for people who want a relaxing narrative, or those who are interested in romance and this period of history. – Jessica Becker, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
In a divided town during a dangerous era, Liberty, Indiana is home to a stop on the Underground Railroad operated by Anna Brent and her father, covert abolitionists who harbor runaway slaves traveling toward freedom. The Brents must be very careful; anyone caught aiding runaways is subject to imprisonment under the Fugutive Slave Act of 1850. So when Anna begins to write columns denouncing slavery in the local newspaper, she must adopt a pen name. Even the newspaper’s editor, Daniel Stanton, does not know the author’s true identity. Daniel takes a risk publishing the columns—his job, his newspaper, and his very life might be in danger. When Anna’s work on the Underground Railroad is threatened, can she turn to Daniel, a man she barely knows, to ensure the safety of the slaves so dear to her? Will she and Daniel be willing to risk everything for their beliefs—including their personal liberty?