Honor wants to free her family’s slaves and has promised to do this when she is the owner of the plantation. With her father dead and her grandfather on his death bed, she knows the time is near. But when her grandfather dies and the will is read, she is not the heir. She is given $100 and must leave the plantation. She travels with her maid, who she has freed to an distant relative’ home where she hopes for a new start.
Honor gets a new start, but not the one she had expected. Her relative, Miriam, lives with her grown son and grandson. But the son is deaf (resulting from a childhood illness) and Miriam is dying. The family has put their home up for sale and plans to move to Ohio, where they have purchased a home and Samuel will open his own glass blowing business. To keep up appearances, Samuel and Honor marry in a private ceremony prior to the move. Then Miriam dies and the family is in mourning again.
This story is one of family loyalty and devotion. It is wonderful to read how Honor stays true to her Quaker upbringing and honors her new husband even while making it easier for him by signing conversations so he can understand. There is conflict with the slavery issue and how this family deals with it is wonderful.
I enjoyed this story and learned more about Quakers as well as the deaf world. I recommend it.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, Tyndale House. All opinions expressed are my own.