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Shirley Petro-Timura is a writer of fiction and poetry. She has served as a public school teacher for 30 years. Tanglewood is her first novel.

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Tanglewood
by Shirley Petro-Timura

Overview


Tanglewood, a romantic historical novel, is the name of a pre-Civil War Kentucky plantation. Its main characters all rise from this mysteriously powerful land. The major theme of this family saga is Freedom. Readers may find their own concepts of freedom challenged as the players seek this precious gift in their own way. Throughout the pages, six pairs of lovers will rip through popular notions of black-white love against the backdrop of the reality of slavery.

This novel was inspired by the slaves' narratives transcribed and compiled by writers during the Depression years.

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In 1858, Kentucky's slave trade was in its darkest days. But Cassius, a young virile black man, enjoyed a rare peaceful existence and feels privileged to live at Tanglewood. His best friend is John Livingston, an enlightened progressive man. He chose to set up his land as a haven and refuge for the enslaved until emancipation would release them.

Their connection is a driving force, a black and white brotherhood that challenges prejudicial norms of the South. Livingston's actions stir up the hatred and animosity of fellow landowners. Cassius is his best friend and helper and an expert horse trainer. He plans for a victory in the annual county horse race. His win reignites the vicious rivalry of the other landowners.

Then one terrible night, the hidden secrets of John's greedy wife led to an unspeakable tragedy. As his life shatters, Cassius plots vengeful murder.  Now he must flee with his pregnant wife, son and father onto the Underground Railroad. Having escaped the hangman's rope, he now has to outrun bounty hunters to reach freedom in the North. 

A safe house on the trail hides another traveler. It is his ex-lover and mother of his son. Cassius is forced to see for whom he is willing to fight. Now his freedom is at stake, sharpened by his recognition that they are very much alike. He remembers her kiss but forgets she can betray.


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Overview


Tanglewood, a romantic historical novel, is the name of a pre-Civil War Kentucky plantation. Its main characters all rise from this mysteriously powerful land. The major theme of this family saga is Freedom. Readers may find their own concepts of freedom challenged as the players seek this precious gift in their own way. Throughout the pages, six pairs of lovers will rip through popular notions of black-white love against the backdrop of the reality of slavery.

This novel was inspired by the slaves' narratives transcribed and compiled by writers during the Depression years.

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Description



In 1858, Kentucky's slave trade was in its darkest days. But Cassius, a young virile black man, enjoyed a rare peaceful existence and feels privileged to live at Tanglewood. His best friend is John Livingston, an enlightened progressive man. He chose to set up his land as a haven and refuge for the enslaved until emancipation would release them.

Their connection is a driving force, a black and white brotherhood that challenges prejudicial norms of the South. Livingston's actions stir up the hatred and animosity of fellow landowners. Cassius is his best friend and helper and an expert horse trainer. He plans for a victory in the annual county horse race. His win reignites the vicious rivalry of the other landowners.

Then one terrible night, the hidden secrets of John's greedy wife led to an unspeakable tragedy. As his life shatters, Cassius plots vengeful murder.  Now he must flee with his pregnant wife, son and father onto the Underground Railroad. Having escaped the hangman's rope, he now has to outrun bounty hunters to reach freedom in the North. 

A safe house on the trail hides another traveler. It is his ex-lover and mother of his son. Cassius is forced to see for whom he is willing to fight. Now his freedom is at stake, sharpened by his recognition that they are very much alike. He remembers her kiss but forgets she can betray.


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Book details

Genre:HISTORY

Subgenre:United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)

Language:English

Pages:246

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9781667855158


Overview


Tanglewood, a romantic historical novel, is the name of a pre-Civil War Kentucky plantation. Its main characters all rise from this mysteriously powerful land. The major theme of this family saga is Freedom. Readers may find their own concepts of freedom challenged as the players seek this precious gift in their own way. Throughout the pages, six pairs of lovers will rip through popular notions of black-white love against the backdrop of the reality of slavery.

This novel was inspired by the slaves' narratives transcribed and compiled by writers during the Depression years.

Read more

Description



In 1858, Kentucky's slave trade was in its darkest days. But Cassius, a young virile black man, enjoyed a rare peaceful existence and feels privileged to live at Tanglewood. His best friend is John Livingston, an enlightened progressive man. He chose to set up his land as a haven and refuge for the enslaved until emancipation would release them.

Their connection is a driving force, a black and white brotherhood that challenges prejudicial norms of the South. Livingston's actions stir up the hatred and animosity of fellow landowners. Cassius is his best friend and helper and an expert horse trainer. He plans for a victory in the annual county horse race. His win reignites the vicious rivalry of the other landowners.

Then one terrible night, the hidden secrets of John's greedy wife led to an unspeakable tragedy. As his life shatters, Cassius plots vengeful murder.  Now he must flee with his pregnant wife, son and father onto the Underground Railroad. Having escaped the hangman's rope, he now has to outrun bounty hunters to reach freedom in the North. 

A safe house on the trail hides another traveler. It is his ex-lover and mother of his son. Cassius is forced to see for whom he is willing to fight. Now his freedom is at stake, sharpened by his recognition that they are very much alike. He remembers her kiss but forgets she can betray.


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About the author


Shirley Petro-Timura is a writer of fiction and poetry. She has served as a public school teacher for 30 years. Tanglewood is her first novel.

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