A Perilous Proposal (#01 in Carolina Cousins Series)
"How I wished, in that awful fire-flickering moment when I could still see his face, that I had agreed to his proposal when I'd had the chance - in spite of the danger. But it was too late now. ....
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"How I wished, in that awful fire-flickering moment when I could still see his face, that I had agreed to his proposal when I'd had the chance - in spite of the danger. But it was too late now. . . "
A young black man in the South shortly after the War Between the States, Jake strikes out on his own, hoping to outrun his master and the consequences of an angry deed.
Carrying a grudge and his guilty secret, Jake heads north on a quest to find freedom and the father he has long resented. On the way, he discovers not only his long-lost papa, but two intriguing young women as well, one of them a former slave like himself.
Jake soon falls in love with a girl who has secrets of her own. But before she can answer his proposal, danger comes calling. . .
Will Jake learn to forgive his father - and himself - only to lose his true love. . . and possibly his life?
A Perilous Proposal introduces readers to a slave boy nicknamed Jake. Jake strives against his master and even his father. When his father disappears, Jake becomes angrier yet and kills a white drifter who attacked his mother. Sure his deed will be discovered, Jake runs away. He is captured by a band of angry confederate soldiers and barely escapes with his life, then finds haven witht he Union army and a soft-spoken black soldier named Micah. Micah gently urges him to let go of his anger, but Jake holds on to it with stubborn determination. Jake abandons the army and starts North, carrying a grudge and his guilty secret, on a quest to find freedom and his long-lost father. In North Carolina, he not only discovers his father, but two intriguing young women as well, one of them a former slave like himself. Jake soon falls in love with the beautiful black girl, but she is hesitant to marry anyone just yet. She has only recently come to know her real father and longs spend more time with
Two years have passed since the conclusion of the Shenandoah Sisters series, and Katie and Mayme are young women with big dreams, running Rosewood with the help of their two uncles and their friends Emma, Josepha, Jeremiah, and Henry. Jeremiah proposes to Mayme, but she is hesitant to accept. She loves him but does not want to give up her life at Rosewood. Local whites are furious at the Daniels brothers for harboring blacks at Rosewood and treating them like equals. The newly rising KKK kidnaps Jeremiah and plans to hang him. Will the brothers rescue him in time? Or will Mayme live to regret not saying yes to Jeremiah when she had the chance? Carolina Cousins Book 1.
Michael Phillips is today recognized as one of the Christian bookselling industry's most prolific and versatile authors. He has authored more than 100 books, with total sales exceeding five million copies. He's also the editor of the popular GEORGE MACDONALD CLASSICS series. He and his wife make their home in Eureka, California.