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Book Review: Great Crossing

Great Crossing was written by Judalon deBornay and published in 2021. You can purchase it on Amazon/Kindle and you can visit the author on Amazon and on social media.

A very compelling and rich story of love, hardship and endurance on the great frontier.

It's 1807, just a few decades shy from the revolution and the birth of a brand-new nation. People are trying to get comfortable into their new settlements, while also enduring the tensions that are beginning to build once again with Britain. Frontier life is hard and dangerous, but matriarch Jemima Johnson has political visions for her family and her young son Richard, a future Vice President of The United States, is the focus. Richard strives to fulfill his mother's plans for his future, but there could be a huge roadblock in those plans. Richard is having romantic feelings for a slave that is owned by the Johnson family. Julia also develops feelings for Richard, but she works to keep her emotions under cover, for it is a relationship the family would never allow. Defying all of the public outcry and the demands of his family, Richard soon takes Julia as his bride. The man, Richard Mentor Johnson, who would later become Vice President, faces down the elites of American society and some very important men in Washington. He dares to go where many wouldn't. This is a love story but it's much more than that. It's about life in all of its happiest and ugliest forms and how, despite it all, we continue to embrace it, even during the earliest days of a young and growing nation. A big fan of historical fiction, this story captured me from the beginning, showing me the many complexities of the human condition, especially during the time of slavery and a warring nation. It's obvious that the author possesses vast historical knowledge of the time period, and she uses it to tell a very compelling and rich story of love, hardship and endurance on the great frontier. I loved the historical references to the presidents of the time and how so many had to deal with the subject of slavery. Also, of great interest to me, was how it most have been to live a day-to-day life in the wilderness, enduring so many dangers, including diseases and childbirth. The authors descriptions of place were vivid, and the characters and their actions were believable. I felt as if I were living right along beside them. Very well done! I loved it!

I give Great Crossing 4 out of 5 stars.

Judalon de Bornay is a scheduled guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show #123 on October 3, 2022

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