Sunday, November 4, 2012

Book Review: The Abolitionist

From the Back Cover: It is 1807. The British Slave Trade has just been abolished. Anna Ashwell comes from a family line of abolitionists, but her introduction into society brings with it more questions than answers. The call to step beyond the confines of fashionable behavior costs more than she has bargained for and Anna's choices lead her to discover the reality of slavery and the truth about family secrets, hidden motives ... and true love.

When Elisabeth Allen offered me to read her latest book, I jumped at the chance. I loved her Charity’s Diary series and was eager to read her newest work. I was not disappointed. If I was asked with weather the Charity’s Diary series or The Abolitionist was better, I would be hard pressed to pick between them.
The Abolitionist is written in the spirit of Jane Austen, including mush letter writing, endearing characters, and the romance that warms our hearts without making us blush. It’s historical aspects are also delightful. Being an American, sometimes British history learned through a distinctly American point of view. This book offers a refreshing look at this time in history.

I loved Anna Ashwell. Like Charity, she is very easy to relate to. A girl with the best of intentions, but has flaws and makes mistakes just like the rest of us. Anna struggles with standing up for what she know is right, because she is afraid of what people will say and think. However, she does the tight thing in the end.
The other characters in the story were wonderful as well. Anna’s brother Percy was my second favorite character for being such a wonderful older brother. This story is populated with wonderful memorable characters whom I know you will love an enjoy.

I highly recommend this to girls who love Jane Austen, liked the Charity’s Diary series, and/or are just looking for a great historical fiction book, The Abolitionist is for you.

You can by it on Amazon or from Elisheva Publishing


  1. Thanks so much for the review, Sarah! I'm so glad you enjoyed "The Abolitionist"! :) It's interesting that Percy was your second-favourite character, because although a certain other gentleman is the hero of the story, Percy has his admirers too!

  2. I won this book in a giveaway here on Homeschool Authors and I just wanted to pop in and say that it was wonderful! Jumped right onto my favorites list. Anna Ashwell, Captain Dancey and Percy were all wonderful characters. The story was both enjoyable and challenging. Thanks for introducing me to it!