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Redfield Farm: A Novel of the Underground Railroad (edition 2010)

by Judith Redline Coopey

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Title:Redfield Farm: A Novel of the Underground Railroad
Authors:Judith Redline Coopey
Info:INDI Best, INDI Publishing Group (2010), Edition: 1, Paperback, 280 pages
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A sweeping saga of historical fiction, Judith Coopey’s “Redfield Farm” chronicles the life of Ann Redfield, a Quaker from rural Pennsylvania. Beginning when she was nine, in 1837, she realized that her older brother Jesse was aiding slaves on their trip to freedom along the Underground Railroad. She made a decision to help too, and her commitment to the cause of abolitionism proved her steadfastness and her compassion. She developed a special bond with one slave in particular, Josiah, and over the years she helped more than 150 slaves while also serving as a mainstay for her own siblings and her father. She experienced heartache, tragedy, and loss, along with joy, but through it all she remained resolute, leaving an enduring legacy.

Told in episodic sequences, this story speaks to the love and care of familial bonds and to the ultimate simplicity of life. Coopey crafts a moving and poignant narrative rich in themes of friendship, loyalty, and sacrifice, and the straightforwardness of Ann’s story makes the reading flow quickly. The history that “Redfield Farm” encompasses is far-reaching and informative, from the Quaker lifestyle to the Underground Railroad to the Civil War and beyond. There are a few noticeable errors in the text, but these do not detract from the story itself. Fans of “Little House on the Prairie” and “Little Women” will relish this quietly evocative tale. ( )
  Stardust_Fiddle | Feb 24, 2014 |
Although I almost stopped reading this after a few pages because the formatting was so bad, I kept going because the subject matter was interesting. I'm glad I did. The author tells a story about a tragic time in U.S. history. I knew little or nothing about the Quaker involvement in the underground railroad movement of blacks into safety in the North prior to and during the Civil War. Coopey's account of the Redfield family's involvement in this endeavor sheds light on the terrible dangers some Quaker families were willing to suffer in this humanitarian cause. I thought the author spent too much time on the heroine's dislike and distraction over a less fortunate neighbor, but she managed to tie it all together before the ending. I found this novel to be well researched but, as with so many books, it might benefit from another edit.

I am new to reading on the Kindle and I hope this example of poor formatting is not the normal. I really miss turning the pages of a book! ( )
  suztales | Sep 22, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0978924746, Paperback)

Ann Redfield is destined to follow her brother Jesse through life - two years behind him - all the way.  Jesse is a conductor on the Underground Railroad, and Ann follows him there as well. Quakers filled with a conviction as hard as Pennsylvania limestone that slavery is an abomination to be resisted with any means available, the Redfield brother and sister lie, sneak, masquerade and defy their way past would-be enforcers of the hated Fugitive Slave Law.  Their activities inevitably lead to complicated relationships with other Quakers, pro-slavery neighbors and the fugitives themselves.  When Jesse returns from a run with a deadly fever, accompanied by a fugitive, Josiah, who is also sick and close to death, Ann nurses both back to health. But precious time is lost, and Josiah, too weak for winter travel, stays on at Redfield Farm where Ann becomes his teacher, friend and confidant.  When grave disappointment disrupts her life,  Ann turns to Josiah for comfort, and comfort leads to intimacy. The result, both poignant and inspiring, leads to a life-long devotion to one another and their cause. Author Judith Redline Coopey brings the Underground Railroad alive, giving us characters to remember -- both real and compassionate, and conflict to explore -- when belief in pacifism clashes with dedication to a cause where violence often rules the day.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:00:00 -0400)

"For Ann and Jesse Redfield, Quaker brother and sister, their hatred of slavery is as hard as Pennsylvania limestone. Ann's devotion to her older brother runs deep, so when he gets involved in the Underground Railroad, Ann asks no questions. She joins him in the struggle. Together they lie, sneak, masquerade and defy their way past would-be enforcers of the hated Fugitive slave law. Their dedication to the cause leads to complicated relationships with their fellow Quakers, pro-slavery neighbors, and with the fugitives themselves. When Jesse returns from a run with a deadly fever, accompanied by a fugitive, Josiah, who is also sick and close to death, Ann nurses both back to health. But precious time is lost, and Josiah, too weak for travel, stays the winter at Redfield Farm. Ann becomes his teacher, friend and confidant. When grave disappointment shakes her to her roots, Ann turns to Josiah for comfort, and comfort leads to intimacy. The result, both poignant and inspiring, is life-long devotion to each other and to their cause."--P. 4 of cover.… (more)

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