TWO TEENS SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES—ONE THROUGH SLAVERY, THE OTHER THROUGH A MYSTERY. THIS IS JOSEPHA AND REECA’S WORLD IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE CIVIL WAR.
Those shouts should have signaled the happiest week of the year, for as long as the Yule log burned, field slaves would not have to do any heavy work. But for Josepha these words foreshadow mystery and terror.
The first hint comes a few days later when slave catcher Benjamin Michaelson acquires her as payment for a gambling debt. As Michaelson loops a heavy chain around Josepha’s neck, the woman who raised her calls out urgently, “Don’t forget to hold your head up high.”
That is something that will be difficult to do—until Josepha meets Reeca Fitzgerald. Despite rumors about Michaelson’s sadistic actions, Reeca is forced to work for him as a seamstress when her father, a suspected abolitionist, is supposedly conscripted into the army.
When Reeca encourages Josepha to help conceal coded messages in quilts for those riding the Underground Railroad, Michaelson becomes fixated with destroying the two teens. Now Josepha and Reeca must discover whom to trust in order to survive.
Set in one of the most notorious pro-slavery towns on the Kansas–Missouri border, THE UNDERGROUND GIFT is a rollercoaster of fear and revenge. The conflicts, however, are timeless.
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