Sunday, October 3, 2010

Book review: Whispers in Williamsburg by Wanda Luttrell

Sarah's Journey: Whispers in Williamsburg by Wanda Luttrell (Published by Chariot Victor Publishing, July 1997)

It's November of 1778, and now that her mother and new baby sister, Elizabeth, have recovered, thirteen-year-old Sarah Moore has returned to the home of her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Williamsburg to continue her education. Sarah misses her family back on the Kentucky frontier, but before long she gets involved in a new adventure as she attempts to solve a very puzzling mystery.

Sarah's uncle is very opposed to slavery -- so why did she see him buying three slaves? And how could Marcus, the freed slave who works as a gardener at the Governor's Mansion and who has always been so kind to Sarah, be involved as well? And why are people in the streets of Williamsburg whispering the name of a Bible verse? What does it all mean? Sarah is determined find out the truth.

This book was probably my least favorite in the Sarah's Journey series, but I still enjoyed it - I just would have preferred to read more about her life on the frontier rather than her returning to Williamsburg again. Still, readers who enjoy the series will want to read this book, and overall it's a good series and different from other middle grade historical fiction set during the American Revolution.

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