A daugh­ter’s search, faith tri­umph­ing over cir­cum­stances

RSWLiving - - CONTENTS - BY DOUG GALLOGLY Doug Gallogly lives in Fort My­ers with his wife, Jackie.

A daugh­ter’s search, faith tri­umph­ing over cir­cum­stances

Love chooses whom it will, but Lady Car­men Wright knew English so­ci­ety of the 1840s would never ac­cept her mixed-race daugh­ter, so she sent baby Lilly to Amer­ica with a wealthy fam­ily. The Blood­stone Ring by Bar­bara Tay­lor San­ders (Tate Publishing and En­ter­prises, 2016, $19.99) is the com­pelling tale of Lilly’s dif­fi­cult jour­ney back to her mother.

Sa­van­nah, Ge­or­gia, seethed with un­rest lead­ing up to the Civil War, with slave traders pro­tected by cor­rupt po­lice of­fi­cers while oth­ers worked to abol­ish slav­ery. This en­vi­ron­ment alone would have been dif­fi­cult for a mixed-race girl, but Lilly and her adopted sis­ter, Lady Kate­lyn, have been left with baroness’ Genevieve, a woman with an evil heart and un­healthy ad­dic­tions. When the Baroness’s gam­bling debts be­come over­whelm­ing, she sells Lilly to a slave trader and the des­per­ate search be­gins.

As Lilly fights for freedom, Lady Kate­lyn en­lists the aid of An­drew, a lawyer and a po­ten­tial suitor. They work with the po­lice and search for any­one who may know where Lilly could have been taken, while An­drew’s mother gathers her prayer group to in­ter­cede for Lilly’s safe re­turn. This is a spir­i­tual bat­tle as well as a nat­u­ral one, and the life of a young girl is the prize.

Bar­bara Tay­lor San­ders has ex­pe­ri­enced loss in her life, and her deep un­der­stand­ing of that grief brings re­al­ism to this story. It is not just a story of loss, though, rather a story of faith tri­umph­ing over cir­cum­stances, as ter­ri­ble as those may be.

It’s ul­ti­mately a story of redemp­tion, some­thing we all need at times. This is a jour­ney worth tak­ing.

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