A Slave of the Shadows

A Slave of the Shadows

Naomi Finley / Jul 21, 2019

A Slave of the Shadows Readers Favorite Book Awards Gold Medal Winner Historical Fiction MysteryIn Charleston South Carolina brutality and cruelty simmer just under the genteel surface of Southern society Beau

  • Title: A Slave of the Shadows
  • Author: Naomi Finley
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  • 2018 Readers Favorite Book Awards, Gold Medal Winner, Historical Fiction MysteryIn 1850 Charleston, South Carolina, brutality and cruelty simmer just under the genteel surface of Southern society Beautiful and headstrong Willow Hendricks lives in an era where ladies are considered nothing than property Her father rules her life, filling it with turmoil, secrets, an 2018 Readers Favorite Book Awards, Gold Medal Winner, Historical Fiction MysteryIn 1850 Charleston, South Carolina, brutality and cruelty simmer just under the genteel surface of Southern society Beautiful and headstrong Willow Hendricks lives in an era where ladies are considered nothing than property Her father rules her life, filling it with turmoil, secrets, and lies She finds a kindred spirit in spunky, outspoken Whitney Barry, a northerner from Boston Together these Charleston belles are driven to take control of their own lives as they are plunged into fear and chaos on their quest to fight for the rights of slaves Against all odds, these feisty women fight to secure freedom and equality for those made powerless and persecuted by a supposedly superior race.Only when they ve lost it all do they find a new beginning.Book 1 presents Willow and Whitney and the reader with the hardships the slaves endure at the hands of their white masters Get A Copy Kindle Store CAOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBound Or buy for ebook Published by Huntson Press Inc More Details Other Editions 5 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about A Slave of the Shadows, please sign up Popular Answered Questions The book implied that Ruby was Jimmy s daughter Why was this loose end not tied up, or will a sequel cover this like 6 months ago Add your answer Naomi Finley I m sorry, I never noticed your question earlier A Guardian of Slaves will cover on Ruby s parentage Also, scheduled to be released in March is I m sorry, I never noticed your question earlier A Guardian of Slaves will cover on Ruby s parentage Also, scheduled to be released in March is the first novella to follow the series titled The Black Knight s Tune that centers around Ruby s life in New York less flag See 1 question about A Slave of the Shadows Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter May 15, 2018 Deanne Patterson rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley, netgalley for february 2018 The best book I ve read in a long time I have always been fascinated with reading about slavery in the 1800 s Such an incredibly dark time for the Negro people Such a morally wrong time The author s descriptions of the horrors that happened to these people just makes me cry What gave the white Southerners the right to do what they did to the slaves No one has a right to enslave another human being No animal should ever be treated the way these slaves were let alone another person When t The best book I ve read in a long time I have always been fascinated with reading about slavery in the 1800 s Such an incredibly dark time for the Negro people Such a morally wrong time The author s descriptions of the horrors that happened to these people just makes me cry What gave the white Southerners the right to do what they did to the slaves No one has a right to enslave another human being No animal should ever be treated the way these slaves were let alone another person When they dared to rebel they were all killed every last man,woman and child No one spared, this is after what they already endured This book is just amazing and I am glad to see the author has some books coming out I must read them This is the first book in the series and you d never know it s a debut author The emotions this book evoke really make you think and question past history.Pub Date 28 Feb 2018 I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Huntson Press Inc through NetGalley Thank you All opinions expressed are my own flag 10 likesLike see review Jun 26, 2018 Lena Ribka added it review of another edition Shelves 1st person pov, historical, dnf, not mm, 1800 1900 DNF at 56%I am totally the wrong person for this book A quick, superficial and prejudiced read if you can be satisfied with it I missed some depth in the characters and the plot After struggling with it for than one month I decided to give up ARC provided kindly by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review flag 6 likesLike see review May 22, 2018 Reviewing Nerds rated it it was amazing review of another edition This is the first book by author Naomi Finley and I have become a loyal reader after reading this book A Slave of the Shadows is a well written book with very strong female characters In a world where one race feels superior to the other females like Willow and Whitney come forward and fight for their rights and equality.As soon as I started the book I was glued right away to the story It always gives me the inspiration to read such stories where strong willed people go against the so called This is the first book by author Naomi Finley and I have become a loyal reader after reading this book A Slave of the Shadows is a well written book with very strong female characters In a world where one race feels superior to the other females like Willow and Whitney come forward and fight for their rights and equality.As soon as I started the book I was glued right away to the story It always gives me the inspiration to read such stories where strong willed people go against the so called rules set by people in power and break stereotypes.The revelation of secrets and surprise factor is on point, especially towards the end I liked all the characters in the story and the voice that these strong headed ladies put forthtps reviewingnerds 2018 05 22 flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment May 12, 2018 Christie Sitterly rated it it was amazing review of another edition A Slave of the Shadows by Naomi Finley is a fantabulous yes, yes, I know this is not a real word read I adored it and cannot wait for the other books in the series Finley s main character, Willow, and her new best friend, Whitney, are outrageous, audacious women on a mission to help mistreated slaves in the south where they live Willow is also determined to find out about her mother, who died when she was a child, whom no one is willing to speak of There are several interesting side A Slave of the Shadows by Naomi Finley is a fantabulous yes, yes, I know this is not a real word read I adored it and cannot wait for the other books in the series Finley s main character, Willow, and her new best friend, Whitney, are outrageous, audacious women on a mission to help mistreated slaves in the south where they live Willow is also determined to find out about her mother, who died when she was a child, whom no one is willing to speak of There are several interesting side stories that I assume will come to fruition in Book 2, coming out in 2019 I was quite delighted with this read Fans of Gone With the Wind will truly enjoy A Slave of the Shadows flag 2 likesLike see review Feb 24, 2018 April Pulliam rated it it was amazing review of another edition Willow Hendricks, the main character of Naomi Finley s A Slave of the Shadows, is a headstrong and forward thinking southern belle who wants nothing than to see the slaves on her father s plantation freed Having been raised without her mother, cared for by Mammy, and raised alongside Mammy s daughter, Mary Grace, Willow does not share her father s love for running their plantation, Livingston Run ins with cruel and sadistic slave catchers, the burden of a childhood trauma, and the forgin Willow Hendricks, the main character of Naomi Finley s A Slave of the Shadows, is a headstrong and forward thinking southern belle who wants nothing than to see the slaves on her father s plantation freed Having been raised without her mother, cared for by Mammy, and raised alongside Mammy s daughter, Mary Grace, Willow does not share her father s love for running their plantation, Livingston Run ins with cruel and sadistic slave catchers, the burden of a childhood trauma, and the forging of new relationships fill Finley s historical fiction drama set in 1850s Charleston Willow, progressive and fearless, is a heroine like no other As I began A Slave of the Shadows, I picked up on that Gone With the Wind vibe It is evident, however, that Finley has taken an entirely different turn from other novels based in this era It is not often that we see a heroine s story played out minus a heavy focus on romance Willow Hendricks, a girl in her late teens, is as liberal and unyielding as a young woman could possibly be in the pre Civil War South Her disdain for seeing the slaves on her father s plantation kept in servitude overcomes her, and that fire continues to build within her as the novel progresses She is in no way shy about her feelings and, as violent as her father becomes at her opposition, she remains grounded and vocal Willow s relationship with James, the blacksmith on her father s plantation, is precious and touching He loves her as much as the daughter he lost to circumstances beyond his control In return, Willow sees him as every bit the father her own is unwilling to be James is ever protective of Willow and knows their relationship is a source of concern for everyone around them should Willow s father, Charles, realize how close they are I appreciate the shift in point of view Finley provides throughout her work Each of the brief chapters written in third person describing the secondary characters backgrounds adds necessary and interesting layers to the plot In addition, Willow s first person account is perfectly crafted The reader is afforded the opportunity to glimpse inside her mind and feel the anguish she experiences regarding the unanswered questions she has about her father s business and her mother s death The tension created by the early encounters with Bowden Armstrong serves to create an even vivid picture of Willow Hendricks as a force with which to be reckoned Her obvious pain and embarrassment at Bowden s previous treatment of her shapes Willow into a fighter by all accounts Her vulnerability later with Bowden is timed well and welcomed as this reader wanted to see Willow, a tormented soul, find happiness The side story involving Ruby is one I wanted to see of and wanted it to come quickly However, Finley moves at a quick pace in a different direction with the plot I never felt quite satisfied with the outcome of Willow s trip to New York and her chance meeting with Ruby I give A Slave of the Shadows an enthusiastic 5 out of 5 stars Finley weaves a beautiful tale of genuine love and understanding while keeping her writing true to the era The human spirit is alive and well in her character, Willow Hendricks, and Willow is, without a doubt, a worthy heroine flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment May 27, 2018 Felicia Allen rated it it was amazing review of another edition This is an amazing book about Southern plantation life Willow is a white woman, the daughter of a slave owner she loves her father s slaves as the family she never had However, she is exposed to the ugly aspect of unkind slave owners She is resolved to do something about it She is plagued with violence and secrets kept by her father She tries to find the courage within herself to do the right thing I loved this book The characters were well developed and the history was accurate for the This is an amazing book about Southern plantation life Willow is a white woman, the daughter of a slave owner she loves her father s slaves as the family she never had However, she is exposed to the ugly aspect of unkind slave owners She is resolved to do something about it She is plagued with violence and secrets kept by her father She tries to find the courage within herself to do the right thing I loved this book The characters were well developed and the history was accurate for the time period It shows that there were kind slave owners I love the fact that the author included a freed slave staying on the plantation This was not one of America s finer moments of history, but the author did a good job catching both sides of it The book does describe in detail the abuse suffered by slaves, as well as the people that helped to free them flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Maureen rated it it was amazing review of another edition This was a WOW 5 It as a wonderful read It brought back in a time that I love I love reading about the beautiful plantations in the South and the way of life I course it was a very difficult time It is just unbelievable to me how some people treat others The characters of this book were will developed I just loved Willow and hope there is romance in her future I loved how free spirited Willow was and how strong a young woman she was This book is also full of adventure and mystery This was a WOW 5 It as a wonderful read It brought back in a time that I love I love reading about the beautiful plantations in the South and the way of life I course it was a very difficult time It is just unbelievable to me how some people treat others The characters of this book were will developed I just loved Willow and hope there is romance in her future I loved how free spirited Willow was and how strong a young woman she was This book is also full of adventure and mystery I can t wait to read the next book flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 08, 2018 The Owl Branch Book Promotions rated it it was amazing review of another edition Helping those who needed it An extreme portrayal of slavery and the horor it inflicted not only on slaves but on the people who loved them Well written and executed Flawless historical literary excellence flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Dynah Zale rated it it was ok review of another edition The Great White HopeI felt like this story was written by a conservative woman who was raised to believe the greatest time in history was the bondage of slaves For some reason I never got the feeling that the characters in this book sincerely believed that slavery was wrong I felt like author positioned her characters to feel this way cause it s the politically right thing to do Do I believe that the author is a sympathizer to the plight of African Americans and the struggles we endure either The Great White HopeI felt like this story was written by a conservative woman who was raised to believe the greatest time in history was the bondage of slaves For some reason I never got the feeling that the characters in this book sincerely believed that slavery was wrong I felt like author positioned her characters to feel this way cause it s the politically right thing to do Do I believe that the author is a sympathizer to the plight of African Americans and the struggles we endure either in 1819 or in 2019 No I don t believe she can relate flag 1 likeLike see review May 25, 2018 Ann rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arc giveaways Wow I absolutely loved this book and I am looking forward to reading book 2 My favorite character would be Willow I always thought if I were to live in that era, I would be just like her I would never be able to mistreat anyone And, I would find myself in trouble and predicaments all the time to try to help them I highly recommend this book for those who like to read historical fiction books.I received this book through the giveaways I appreciate the opportunity to be able to re Wow I absolutely loved this book and I am looking forward to reading book 2 My favorite character would be Willow I always thought if I were to live in that era, I would be just like her I would never be able to mistreat anyone And, I would find myself in trouble and predicaments all the time to try to help them I highly recommend this book for those who like to read historical fiction books.I received this book through the giveaways I appreciate the opportunity to be able to read it and review it Thanks flag 1 likeLike see review May 21, 2018 Lucinda rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 A Slave of the Shadows was a thoroughly engaging book, a tale woven beautifully with characters well portrayed and fleshed out It is a tale of strength of commitment in a time when it was easier to follow the status quo and to blithely enjoy the riches of the elite in plantation life in the south Through family secrets unveiled as the tale progresses, the reader finds a family with much social conscienous than was previously apparent A Slave of the Shadows was a book that was hard to put A Slave of the Shadows was a thoroughly engaging book, a tale woven beautifully with characters well portrayed and fleshed out It is a tale of strength of commitment in a time when it was easier to follow the status quo and to blithely enjoy the riches of the elite in plantation life in the south Through family secrets unveiled as the tale progresses, the reader finds a family with much social conscienous than was previously apparent A Slave of the Shadows was a book that was hard to put down, as the tale and the writing drew the reader in flag 1 likeLike see review Mar 25, 2018 David Gunner rated it it was amazing review of another edition A Slave of the Shadows by Naomi FinleyThe 1800s were a very dark time in history The countryside was rampant with sadistic slave owners Women received no recognition or respect The white man was a self professed god among inferior humans However, nature and nurture conspired to make Willow Hendriks into a formidable force She was headstrong and forward thinking She feared no man Her interaction with one infuriating man only worked to strengthen her resolve Set in 1850 in Charleston, Nort A Slave of the Shadows by Naomi FinleyThe 1800s were a very dark time in history The countryside was rampant with sadistic slave owners Women received no recognition or respect The white man was a self professed god among inferior humans However, nature and nurture conspired to make Willow Hendriks into a formidable force She was headstrong and forward thinking She feared no man Her interaction with one infuriating man only worked to strengthen her resolve Set in 1850 in Charleston, North Carolina, this story revolves around Willow s fight against brutality and cruelty She grew up without a mum but was close to her father s servants She was brought up alongside her minder s child and was also very close to the blacksmith despite the risk She made a stance against persecution against a superior section of the populace She would not even let her father s violent reaction to her stance deter her from chasing freedom and equality for those rendered powerless Unlike most history based stories, this one is focused on the heroine and her struggles rather than on whatever romance she may get embroiled in The period the story is set in was very male centric which makes this story all the unique It is refreshing without deviating from the traits of that period It is interesting and captivating Right from the beginning, the reader understands Willow s struggle being her father s only child One understands just how much of a burden her father s expectations are The characters in A Slave of the Shadows are individually developed Each of them has a background story The reader gets to meet each of them One gets to understand the nuances and personality of each character The characters come to life and interact with the reader This only enhances the experience by making one feel like they are walking around the plantation Breathing in the fresh country air They have depth and are relatable The relationship between James and Willow is especially special He feels a void that Willow s father refuses to fill He is protective and affectionate of Willow in an endearing way This is despite what could happen if Willow s father found out The story is told from Willow s perspective for the most part The reader gets a unique opportunity to wander through her mind, wading through her thoughts The reader will experience the torment in Willow s being at having lost her mother and living with her father s ideals in excruciating detail Other facets of the story are told from a third person perspective This gives the story a sort of three dimensional feel One feels like they are part of the story Involved in Willow s activities but only observing the rest of the action Naomi Finley has left this story open There is no conclusive resolution to the story In the end, one is left with a sense of foreboding It is a genius way of building anticipation for a sequel She has done an excellent job of telling a great story with a seamless flow and brilliant storyline This book deserves five stars flag 1 likeLike see review Mar 29, 2018 Sarah Nantais rated it it was amazing review of another edition A compelling, intricate and harrowing tale of a young woman growing up during colonial America is what readers will find in Naomi Finley s book A Slave of the Shadows Our protagonist, Willow Hendricks, is a young white woman who is the sole daughter and heir to a plantation in Charleston in 1850 For a woman who lives in an era of being seen and not heard, Willow is stubborn, outspoken and refreshingly honest She dislikes the accepted treatment of black people and is not afraid to let it show A compelling, intricate and harrowing tale of a young woman growing up during colonial America is what readers will find in Naomi Finley s book A Slave of the Shadows Our protagonist, Willow Hendricks, is a young white woman who is the sole daughter and heir to a plantation in Charleston in 1850 For a woman who lives in an era of being seen and not heard, Willow is stubborn, outspoken and refreshingly honest She dislikes the accepted treatment of black people and is not afraid to let it show in appropriate situations While she risks herself to defend them, she is na ve and privileged She will learn in due time that good intentions cannot make the world a better place on their own Finley s mastery over the written word is evident in this book The descriptions of characters, locations and expressions make the reader believe that they are present in that world you can smell the grass, feel the heat and sense the raw emotion that exudes from the characters There is never a wasted word, sentence or paragraph Everything has its place and everything has meaning These are troubling times for America and Finley uses that discomfort and uncertainty in her tale The story is told primarily through first person experiences with Willow, but Finley does take the time to shift perspective to other important characters This keeps the tale from being stale and boring Willow, however, is privileged She is white she is the daughter of a highly respected man and is well off in all manners of life While readers will get the impression that Willow is not comfortable with the way slaves are treated, she is blinded by delusions of grandeur In the beginning of the book she is a single outspoken woman in a world dominated by white men She is reckless and puts herself in the path of harm often than she should She doesn t truly seem to understand how much the colour of her skin keeps her alive As the book develops, however, her naivet is challenged and she truly begins to become an ally to slaves and their plight It s a good tactic for a book that is the first in a series While things are not wholly resolved in this first book, they begin to move in a promising direction.Given the state of the world when this review was written, it may be difficult to read this book for many reasons It is a stark reminder of the standing of blacks in America and how things have really not changed all that much The storytelling is divine and it is exciting to see where things will lead in the second book Naomi Finley creates a strong female lead in her book A Slave of the Shadows and describes the world of colonial America in 1850 so well it s as if you can feel it as you read The story is engaging, fantastically written and will leave readers wanting High expectations for the book that will follow flag 1 likeLike see review Mar 28, 2018 Amy Elizabeth rated it it was amazing review of another edition I just finished reading A Slave of the Shadows by Naomi Finley and I really liked it It is not a typical book I would usually read but once the story got into the nitty gritty I found myself enthralled in the story line and left wanting to find out Initially the book introduces certain characters and upon the first few chapters I thought it would solely be about those few but as the story continues it brings in main characters and makes the story just come together very nicely I usu I just finished reading A Slave of the Shadows by Naomi Finley and I really liked it It is not a typical book I would usually read but once the story got into the nitty gritty I found myself enthralled in the story line and left wanting to find out Initially the book introduces certain characters and upon the first few chapters I thought it would solely be about those few but as the story continues it brings in main characters and makes the story just come together very nicely I usually stick to mystery or fantasy novels but this one had me really intrigued It did not start slow and the story continued to flow nicely without getting dull or having any boring parts As we all know how slavery worked back in the day this story, while fiction, does a pretty darn good job of portraying the era and how things went down There are a few parts in the book that could be tough for some to read if you tend to read light hearted books One of my favorite parts of the book are the flashbacks the author has given to each character We really aren t left wondering too much after those chapters They were fit into the book perfectly From reading the description of this book there seems like there might be books in this series If that is so, I will likely read them as I am now enchanted with the story of these two young women I am also happy to see that there are no spelling or grammar errors Usually when I read a book from an unknown author that I got free or cheap they are not thoroughly edited and can sometimes be hard to understand because of it but not this one I downloaded this one on Kindle and the pages numbers were really weird I do not know if this has to deal with the way the book was uploaded or if it was a Kindle problem but it was hard to remember page numbers, which isn t really needed since it saves your place but still.The book followed the story of a young Southern Belle by the name of Willow We follow her through her mental battle with her father and the ways of the south The book was set in a time where white men still owned slaves and plantations were a grand way of life for the white Willow struggles to be the perfect Southern lady and has befriended many slaves This is forbidden in this era Willow makes choices that are frowned upon and is a very outspoken woman Mid way through the story a lovely lady by the name of Whitney comes into the story and shares similar views to those of Willow and slavery Willow soon learns she has friends than she trusted herself to have and she does some good for those caught in slavery I cannot say too much without giving away parts of the story but it was a lovely book to read Definitely 5 stars flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 29, 2018 Angela Sandford rated it it was amazing review of another edition Exquisite cover, and a lovely piece of historical fiction, set in the 1850 s in the Deep South, in Charleston.Willow Hendricks is determined to find out about her mother Little does she know quite how alike she is of her deceased parent Willow holds strong views on the welfare and treatment of slaves Upon her visit to New York she meets with her friend, a reformist, she is in her element.The story focuses on several slaves lives, and also Willows growing friendship with newly arrived Whitney Exquisite cover, and a lovely piece of historical fiction, set in the 1850 s in the Deep South, in Charleston.Willow Hendricks is determined to find out about her mother Little does she know quite how alike she is of her deceased parent Willow holds strong views on the welfare and treatment of slaves Upon her visit to New York she meets with her friend, a reformist, she is in her element.The story focuses on several slaves lives, and also Willows growing friendship with newly arrived Whitney.A solid story with a good set of believable characters The next book is due out in late 2019 and is named A Guardian of Slaves 5 stars flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 21, 2018 Patsy rated it it was amazing review of another edition In Charleston, South Carolina in the 1800 s Willow Hendricks grew up wealthy on a large plantation She was raised by her Mammy, a slave, Willow s mother died at an early age Willow s father owned an import export Business and ran the Plantation Mary Grace was Mammy s daughter about the same age as Willow Willow s father gave Mary Grace permission to be in Willow s room at night Growing up together Willow and Mary Grace were close to each other from an early age.This history was well written In Charleston, South Carolina in the 1800 s Willow Hendricks grew up wealthy on a large plantation She was raised by her Mammy, a slave, Willow s mother died at an early age Willow s father owned an import export Business and ran the Plantation Mary Grace was Mammy s daughter about the same age as Willow Willow s father gave Mary Grace permission to be in Willow s room at night Growing up together Willow and Mary Grace were close to each other from an early age.This history was well written about the hardships the slaves endured and their masters There were some dark sides to the plot but true to history This was a sad and complicated time for the slaves as well as the owners.The setting were well defined, the characters were believable with multiple personalities This is Naomia Finley s first novel which is well written with outstanding research The author wove history, adventure, and the plot with many twists and turns into a beautiful novel There are hints of another book is in the making Thank you Naomi for sharing your talent with us flag 1 likeLike see review Mar 19, 2018 Brenda rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves reviewed Publisher s Description In 1850 Charleston, South Carolina, brutality and cruelty simmer just under the genteel surface of Southern society In an era where ladies are considered mere property, beautiful and headstrong Willow Hendricks father has filled her life with turmoil, secrets, and lies Her father rules her life until she finds a kindred spirit in spunky, outspoken Whitney Barry, a northerner from Boston Together these Charleston belles are driven to take control of their own lives and Publisher s Description In 1850 Charleston, South Carolina, brutality and cruelty simmer just under the genteel surface of Southern society In an era where ladies are considered mere property, beautiful and headstrong Willow Hendricks father has filled her life with turmoil, secrets, and lies Her father rules her life until she finds a kindred spirit in spunky, outspoken Whitney Barry, a northerner from Boston Together these Charleston belles are driven to take control of their own lives and they are plunged into fear and chaos in their quest to fight for the rights of slaves Against all odds, these feisty women fight to secure freedom and equality for those made powerless and persecuted by a supposedly superior race Only when they ve lost it all do they find a new beginning Book 1 presents Willow and Whitney and the reader with the hardships the slaves endure at the hands of their white masters.My Thoughts This amazing debut novel has a Gone With The Wind feel but it s told like you are reading a journal.Each character s back story is told individually so that you have at least a small sampling of what they are about.Willow has a feisty side, something unexpected of a southern belle of this time period She would like nothing than to free not only her Father s slaves but also all of those on neighboring plantations as well.There are secrets abound most of which will affect Willow s life in one way or another.With a controlling father, a friend whose Father is a cruel slave master, violence and subterfuge this book is impossible to put down.The only real problem is that it ends without a complete story resolution.I gave this book 4.5 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development Their is an underlying and building love that we never see resolved so we must wait for a sequel.I received a complimentary digital copy of this book to read via Hidden Gems.This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 04, 2018 Shanell Meek rated it it was amazing review of another edition All I can say is.WOW A Slave of the Shadows by Naomi Finley is quite possibly the best book I have read in a long time Finley brought to life what it was like in the 1800s for both slaves, and those who tried to protect them I cried so many times while reading this book, even as she describes the horror I just can t imagine what these people went through Finley has a way with words and did a truly amazing job of creating her characters and describing 1800 Charleston, South Carolina in such All I can say is.WOW A Slave of the Shadows by Naomi Finley is quite possibly the best book I have read in a long time Finley brought to life what it was like in the 1800s for both slaves, and those who tried to protect them I cried so many times while reading this book, even as she describes the horror I just can t imagine what these people went through Finley has a way with words and did a truly amazing job of creating her characters and describing 1800 Charleston, South Carolina in such a way that I felt like I was there As a friend and co conspirator with Willow and Whitney and seeing what they were seeing This book is truly what I would say is a page turner It sucked me in and I literally stayed up all night reading it because I had to know what was going to happen next After this, I will happily read anything that Naomi Finley puts out but I truly hope there is to the story of Willow, Whitney, and the rest of the group I feel like we have just barely scraped the surface flag 1 likeLike see review Mar 31, 2018 Nancyj rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves nancyj A Slave of the ShadowsPlantation life, so many books there are This one is special telling the soul thoughts of the life with slaves There were good plantations that were basically safe, then there was the opposite This book brings the life to reality of what it must have been like I could hardly stop reading itand waiting for book two is going to keep me hoping the release date is sooner than planned flag 1 likeLike see review Mar 19, 2018 Merry Jelks Emmanuel rated it it was amazing review of another edition As A media specialist I loved reading about this era The story is refreshing and keeps with the historical content of the era I liked the dynamics of the characters and can t wait for the next book I voluntarily agreed to receive an ARC of this book for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 07, 2018 Teresa Stewart rated it really liked it review of another edition Loved itCan t wait for sequel I love books about plantations and this one rates well Characters are real and believable Awesome flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 08, 2018 Michelle Wallace rated it it was amazing review of another edition A Slave of the ShadowsI absolutely could not put this book down This is an excellent story I wish the next installment were available right now flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Jun 03, 2018 Nikki rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 reads This review can also be found on nikaleighreads I received this copy of A Slave in the Shadows from Net Galley and Huntson Press Inc It is the first novel for author Naomi Finley and the first book in its series of four The second book, Guardian of Slaves, is due to release early winter 2019 Nikaleigh s Synopsis Willow Hendricks is a fiery spirit She s outspoken, intelligent, and tenacious Qualities that are quite dangerous for a women in Charleston in the 1850 s Her father tries h This review can also be found on nikaleighreads I received this copy of A Slave in the Shadows from Net Galley and Huntson Press Inc It is the first novel for author Naomi Finley and the first book in its series of four The second book, Guardian of Slaves, is due to release early winter 2019 Nikaleigh s Synopsis Willow Hendricks is a fiery spirit She s outspoken, intelligent, and tenacious Qualities that are quite dangerous for a women in Charleston in the 1850 s Her father tries his best to keep her abolitionist views quiet for her own safety Though he s one of the few plantation owns who treats his slaves with dignity, she resents him for not doing not quite understanding the danger of her own outspokenness When Whitney Barry moves into town from Boston, she finally finds herself an ally Whitney is another strong women, one who s had to find her strength on her own terms at the hands of her cruel and abusive father Whitney and Willow soon become an egalitarian force to be reckoned with, but not without first facing just how cruel and heartless the south really is Nikaleigh s Thoughts This novel told an absolutely beautiful story and the authors writing style truly brought the time period and characters to life It would leave me feeling amazed that a man as shy as him could have a laugh that started from his toes and worked its way all the way up until it filled the air around you with an inexplicable happiness The connection between Willow and her slaves was palpable, her conviction felt real yet the plot felt slow It wasn t until around the 50% mark where the storyline began to pick up It was only the authors eloquence in setting the scene that kept me reading through the first half While I do wish the pace of the first half of this book better matched that of the second half and prologue, I do understand that first books in a series can tend to have a slower build For this reason, along with the authors writing style, I decided to give this read a LIKED it instead of a So So rating The novel certainly did redeem itself in the second half for me and I believe this would greatly appeal to anyone who is interested in historical fiction This review will go live on NikaleighReads at 8am EST on 6 6 18 flag Like see review Jul 11, 2018 Sandra Newton rated it it was amazing review of another edition Amazing ReadThis is a wonderful adventure of a terrible time in history slavery Willow is a fabulous character with a caring, independent, outspoken and loving personality The love she has for her father s slaves is heartwarming I highly recommend you read this story and the others in this series and all titles by Naomi flag Like see review Jun 18, 2018 Polly Krize rated it liked it review of another edition I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.In 1850s South Carolina, the slave trade is apparent in all walks of life For Willow Hendricks, a southern belle, meeting Whitney Barry, from Boston, is a life changing event They will join in a fight for the rights of slaves, even to the point of putting themselves in danger flag Like see review Jul 17, 2018 Jill rated it it was amazing review of another edition I thoroughly enjoyed A Slave of the Shadows Reading about the Deep South in the 1800s is one of my favorite genres and this book certainly met the challenge It was very well written The characters were very engaging and very well developed I look forward to reading by this author flag Like see review Oct 12, 2018 Candace Smith Lee rated it it was amazing review of another edition Listened to this as an audiobook I loved this story, the scene descriptions, the characters I m not usually a fan of this type of literature but I was engrossed in the story from the first chapter flag Like see review Oct 02, 2018 F rated it it was amazing review of another edition SlaveryI couldn t put this book down For a first novel, Naomi Finley has a God given talent making one feel like you are living this along side the characters What a horrible life slavery iflicted on human beings flag Like see review Jun 28, 2018 Shan Collins rated it it was amazing review of another edition You will fall in love with the characters but don t miss the story I enjoyed the good, the bad and the ugly of the story being told As a woman, I understood this character a lot than I realized Great read flag Like see review Aug 20, 2018 Janet Mullins rated it really liked it review of another edition Good read The book started out a little slow But after a couple of chapters I finished the book in 2 days I am anxious for Naomi Finley s new book in 2019 flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Naomi is a bestselling and award winning author living in Northern Alberta She loves to travel and her suitcase is always on standby awaiting her next adventure Naomi s affinity for the Deep South and its history was cultivated during her childhood living in a 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        Naomi is a bestselling and award winning author living in Northern Alberta She loves to travel and her suitcase is always on standby awaiting her next adventure Naomi s affinity for the Deep South and its history was cultivated during her childhood living in a Tennessee plantation house with six sisters Her fascination with history and the resiliency of the human spirit to overcome obstacles ar Naomi is a bestselling and award winning author living in Northern Alberta She loves to travel and her suitcase is always on standby awaiting her next adventure Naomi s affinity for the Deep South and its history was cultivated during her childhood living in a Tennessee plantation house with six sisters Her fascination with history and the resiliency of the human spirit to overcome obstacles are major inspirations for her writing and she is passionately devoted to creativity In addition to writing fiction, her interests include interior design, cooking new recipes, and hosting dinner parties Naomi is married to her high school sweetheart and she has two teenage children and two dogs named Ginger and Snaps


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    1. The best book I ve read in a long time I have always been fascinated with reading about slavery in the 1800 s Such an incredibly dark time for the Negro people Such a morally wrong time The author s descriptions of the horrors that happened to these people just makes me cry What gave the white Southerners the right to do what they did to the slaves No one has a right to enslave another human being No animal should ever be treated the way these slaves were let alone another person When t The best [...]


    2. DNF at 56%I am totally the wrong person for this book A quick, superficial and prejudiced read if you can be satisfied with it I missed some depth in the characters and the plot After struggling with it for than one month I decided to give up ARC provided kindly by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


    3. This is the first book by author Naomi Finley and I have become a loyal reader after reading this book A Slave of the Shadows is a well written book with very strong female characters In a world where one race feels superior to the other females like Willow and Whitney come forward and fight for their rights and equality.As soon as I started the book I was glued right away to the story It always gives me the inspiration to read such stories where strong willed people go against the so called Thi [...]


    4. A Slave of the Shadows by Naomi Finley is a fantabulous yes, yes, I know this is not a real word read I adored it and cannot wait for the other books in the series Finley s main character, Willow, and her new best friend, Whitney, are outrageous, audacious women on a mission to help mistreated slaves in the south where they live Willow is also determined to find out about her mother, who died when she was a child, whom no one is willing to speak of There are several interesting side A Slave of [...]


    5. Willow Hendricks, the main character of Naomi Finley s A Slave of the Shadows, is a headstrong and forward thinking southern belle who wants nothing than to see the slaves on her father s plantation freed Having been raised without her mother, cared for by Mammy, and raised alongside Mammy s daughter, Mary Grace, Willow does not share her father s love for running their plantation, Livingston Run ins with cruel and sadistic slave catchers, the burden of a childhood trauma, and the forgin Willow [...]


    6. This is an amazing book about Southern plantation life Willow is a white woman, the daughter of a slave owner she loves her father s slaves as the family she never had However, she is exposed to the ugly aspect of unkind slave owners She is resolved to do something about it She is plagued with violence and secrets kept by her father She tries to find the courage within herself to do the right thing I loved this book The characters were well developed and the history was accurate for the This is [...]


    7. This was a WOW 5 It as a wonderful read It brought back in a time that I love I love reading about the beautiful plantations in the South and the way of life I course it was a very difficult time It is just unbelievable to me how some people treat others The characters of this book were will developed I just loved Willow and hope there is romance in her future I loved how free spirited Willow was and how strong a young woman she was This book is also full of adventure and mystery This was a WOW [...]


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