Parkhurst Brothers

Ted Parkhurst, President



 Category:  Fiction/Historical

ISBN: 978-1-62491-044-9
240 pages - Size: 5.5 x 8.5

E-Book Price: $11


Comfort: A Novel of the Reverse Underground Railroad
A woman strives to regain her freedom, again.
H.A. Maxson Young & Claudia H. Young

The year is 1816. A young woman buys her freedom, only to be kidnapped and sold back into slavery.

The research for this story about Comfort the slave, her journey out of slavery, back into slavery and back again, was long and in- tense, especially since there were so many sub-texts to research as well-tatting; roots and spices; the eruption of Mt. Tambora in 1816, the year without a summer (the same year Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein); geography, Joe Johnson (real life slaver and kidnapper of freed blacks, and by the way, one of the most reprehensible human beings in US, or any other, history). There are really four stories being told, braided together in this tale of Comfort's life, the Underground Railroad and the Reverse Underground Railroad, a tumultuous time in American History.

History is a good story told well. Harry Maxson and Claudia H. Young have paired their talents to write seven historical fiction books for children. This is their first work for an adult audience, writ- ten about a young woman who becomes a victim of the Reverse Underground Railroad. Much has been written about the Underground Railroad. However, relatively little is written about the Re- verse Underground Railroad. It's not pretty, nor is it romantic, but it is most definitely part of our U.S. history. This story of Comfort came out of the authors' research into this little-known time.