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The Freedom Star immerses readers in the lives, dreams, and sufferings of two families, one slave and one master, bound together by the tobacco fields of South Boston, Virginia at the outset of America’s Civil War. Isaac yearns for the freedom that Henry McConnell, his boyhood friend and owner’s son, takes for granted. After false promises, failed escapes, imprisonment, an The Freedom Star immerses readers in the lives, dreams, and sufferings of two families, one slave and one master, bound together by the tobacco fields of South Boston, Virginia at the outset of America’s Civil War. Isaac yearns for the freedom that Henry McConnell, his boyhood friend and owner’s son, takes for granted. After false promises, failed escapes, imprisonment, and the sting of his master’s whip, Isaac’s only hope of fleeing slavery and reuniting with the woman he loves lies in accompanying Henry and the Confederates on their march north. When Henry is wounded and taken prisoner Isaac finds himself behind the Union lines, free, but with a hard choice: follow his dream north to freedom or turn back and save the man whose family holds his in bondage.


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The Freedom Star immerses readers in the lives, dreams, and sufferings of two families, one slave and one master, bound together by the tobacco fields of South Boston, Virginia at the outset of America’s Civil War. Isaac yearns for the freedom that Henry McConnell, his boyhood friend and owner’s son, takes for granted. After false promises, failed escapes, imprisonment, an The Freedom Star immerses readers in the lives, dreams, and sufferings of two families, one slave and one master, bound together by the tobacco fields of South Boston, Virginia at the outset of America’s Civil War. Isaac yearns for the freedom that Henry McConnell, his boyhood friend and owner’s son, takes for granted. After false promises, failed escapes, imprisonment, and the sting of his master’s whip, Isaac’s only hope of fleeing slavery and reuniting with the woman he loves lies in accompanying Henry and the Confederates on their march north. When Henry is wounded and taken prisoner Isaac finds himself behind the Union lines, free, but with a hard choice: follow his dream north to freedom or turn back and save the man whose family holds his in bondage.

30 review for The Freedom Star

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Our book group had the distinct pleasure to host the author for our latest meeting last night. What a wonderful experience! We learned so much about the background and research that went into this novel that made it so believable and real. I am not a particular fan of the civil war era but found this novel to be compelling. I am excited to hope for a sequel.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lauran Strait

    Pulitzer Prize winner and war correspondent John Hersey once said: "Journalism allows its readers to witness history; fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it." Jeff Andrews' brilliant debut novel, The Freedom Star, which is an example of fiction at its best, transports readers back in time, allowing them to experience Virginia life in the 1860s. Starting out strong and continuing at a relentless pace of non-stop adventure, The Freedom Star immerses readers in the lives, dreams, and su Pulitzer Prize winner and war correspondent John Hersey once said: "Journalism allows its readers to witness history; fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it." Jeff Andrews' brilliant debut novel, The Freedom Star, which is an example of fiction at its best, transports readers back in time, allowing them to experience Virginia life in the 1860s. Starting out strong and continuing at a relentless pace of non-stop adventure, The Freedom Star immerses readers in the lives, dreams, and sufferings of two families--one slave and one master--each bound to the other by the tobacco fields of South Boston, Virginia. The heart of this exciting tale revolves around Isaac, a young slave who yearns for the freedom that Henry McConnell, his friend and owner's son, takes for granted. After false promises, failed escapes, imprisonment, and the sting of his master's whip, Isaac's only hope of fleeing slavery and reuniting with the woman he loves lies in accompanying Henry and the Confederates on their march north. When Yankees wound Henry and take him prisoner, Isaac finds himself behind the Union lines, free, but with a choice to continue north toward his dream or to return to slavery to save his friend. Andrews' meticulous research skillfully and accurately blends Isaac's experiences with those of actual people living during this time. Through clever use of intense dialogue and internal monologue masterfully rendered, Andrews captures the flavor of the area, times, and inter-relations between slaves and non-slaves. The fictional dream, vivid and continuous throughout this story, hooks the reader from the start and stays with them long after the last words are read. The Freedom Star is a must read that deserves to be on every best sellers list.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Adele

    I really liked this book because it has a good rhythm to it. I never got stuck; always wanted to keep reading. It also reminded me of the problems we human beings face when we interact with people who are different from us because we don't take the time to understand each other. I liked the way Andrews developed the personalities of the main characters. I felt their despair and their hope. I believe Sharon Baldacci captures it beautifully when she says it is "a compelling story told honestly-par I really liked this book because it has a good rhythm to it. I never got stuck; always wanted to keep reading. It also reminded me of the problems we human beings face when we interact with people who are different from us because we don't take the time to understand each other. I liked the way Andrews developed the personalities of the main characters. I felt their despair and their hope. I believe Sharon Baldacci captures it beautifully when she says it is "a compelling story told honestly-part of the reality of life during those times."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Johnson

    Great Civil War era novel - The main characters are Isaac, a slave, and Henry, son of the owner of the tobacco plantation. Their friendship is at the heart of the story. The evils of slavery are apparent in the tribulations of Isaac and his family, and Isaac's quest for freedom runs throughout the book. I understand a sequel will be coming, and I will definitely be reading on to see what happens to the characters. Highly recommend. Great Civil War era novel - The main characters are Isaac, a slave, and Henry, son of the owner of the tobacco plantation. Their friendship is at the heart of the story. The evils of slavery are apparent in the tribulations of Isaac and his family, and Isaac's quest for freedom runs throughout the book. I understand a sequel will be coming, and I will definitely be reading on to see what happens to the characters. Highly recommend.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Seymour

    I was so tickled I won this book from the author Jeff Andrews. This book is the best historical book I have EVER read. I just couldn't put it down. Long after I've read it , I keep thinking about the characters and setting in my mind . I truly hated for it to end . I'd love to read a sequel . I was so tickled I won this book from the author Jeff Andrews. This book is the best historical book I have EVER read. I just couldn't put it down. Long after I've read it , I keep thinking about the characters and setting in my mind . I truly hated for it to end . I'd love to read a sequel .

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Mr. Andrews draws you into the story from the very beginning with believable characters. You will find yourself rooting for the good guys and wanting the bad guys to get what is coming to them. The Freedom Star gives a very believable glimpse into the lives of slaves and slave owners.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    "The Freedom Star", by Jeff Andrews Very well written story, I absolutely was there in "1860" right along side of this author's characters. I think this book should be read by everyone as a reminder of that time and what it was like for so many people living through it. As stated in the disclaimer in the beginning of the book , actual historical persons were included in this story even the authors great-great grandfather, which I think is so wonderful that he included him. I believe you honore "The Freedom Star", by Jeff Andrews Very well written story, I absolutely was there in "1860" right along side of this author's characters. I think this book should be read by everyone as a reminder of that time and what it was like for so many people living through it. As stated in the disclaimer in the beginning of the book , actual historical persons were included in this story even the authors great-great grandfather, which I think is so wonderful that he included him. I believe you honored them with your story. I also look forward to reading "The Gandy Dancer" which I just read about at the end of this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hans Doreleyers

    Best read so far this year I couldn't put this book down. The novel follows the life and hardships of a young black slave at the start of the American civil war. The brutal treatment of slaves by most Southerners is contrasted by a few owners who - although subscribing to slavery as a necessary and morally correct institution - do try to treat their slaves 'humanely'. A well written book; I look forward to the sequel. Best read so far this year I couldn't put this book down. The novel follows the life and hardships of a young black slave at the start of the American civil war. The brutal treatment of slaves by most Southerners is contrasted by a few owners who - although subscribing to slavery as a necessary and morally correct institution - do try to treat their slaves 'humanely'. A well written book; I look forward to the sequel.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mariette

    In spite of the strange English used by the slaves, I enjoyed the book and the description of the lives and longings of the slaves in the Southern United States. Do not know if the way Morgan handled his son Patrick was very realistic, even for those times, but the book made a good redad nevertheless. Owned on Kindle

  10. 4 out of 5

    Debra Odom

    I liked this book. Would I recommend this book, yes? It is easy to read. I love books about the civil-war era. Characters were well developed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    A great. Civil War era book showing the many true to life facets of slavery relationships. Very well written book that reminded me of Uncle Tom's Cabin. A great. Civil War era book showing the many true to life facets of slavery relationships. Very well written book that reminded me of Uncle Tom's Cabin.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karen Sweiger-Veil

    Freedom is a choice I was drawn into the McConnells's story, the Civil War, and one slave's quest for freedom by the skillful character development and storylines created by the author. The author leads the reader through a page of history that was not what I consider to be "America's finest hour." The atrocities of slavery are brought to light and questioned by one McConnell son even as he dons the rebel Gray to defend his Virginia home. His friendship with one of his family's slaves reinforces Freedom is a choice I was drawn into the McConnells's story, the Civil War, and one slave's quest for freedom by the skillful character development and storylines created by the author. The author leads the reader through a page of history that was not what I consider to be "America's finest hour." The atrocities of slavery are brought to light and questioned by one McConnell son even as he dons the rebel Gray to defend his Virginia home. His friendship with one of his family's slaves reinforces the notion that nobody has the right to own another human being no matter how well you treated them. The fight scenes were riveting and the dialogue clever. The slaves still held out for hope no matter how dire their situation became at the hands of the white slave owners. I could feel the initial hopelessness giving way to acceptance and survival mode as they were forced to serve. When the McConnell' boys' father has a stroke, the older brother mistreated the slaves selling family members as punishment for running and aiding runaways As the father's health improves, tides change. The brother is banished and our main character is granted his freedom papers. I look for the brothers to lock horns in a future novel? I sure hope so.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Glenda Sparkman

    Free.at Last The book.was about Faith as well as the silver linings in every cloud. Freedom.means different things to different people !

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amber Dawn

    Intense This is a hard book to get through quickly. Full of emotions and intense situations its a look on the beginning of the civil war.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karen Klink

    Nicely researched novel about two friends who grow up together, one black and a slave, one white and his master, and how their situation and the Civil War affects their relationship. For the most part, I found this to be a well-written and edited novel. For me, its one draw-back was that the author did not delve into the inner lives of the main characters, therefore, I didn't empathize with either of them. All we knew about them was on the surface. For example, one character, Henry, is attacked b Nicely researched novel about two friends who grow up together, one black and a slave, one white and his master, and how their situation and the Civil War affects their relationship. For the most part, I found this to be a well-written and edited novel. For me, its one draw-back was that the author did not delve into the inner lives of the main characters, therefore, I didn't empathize with either of them. All we knew about them was on the surface. For example, one character, Henry, is attacked by his schoolmates and all we know of his feelings about this are the words he speaks to his roommate. I would have liked to have gotten into his head and his emotions at that point. As reader, I want to hear the truth, not only what he presents on the outside. Often when a person is hurt or afraid, that person (especially men) responds in anger, and that is what Henry revealed. As a reader, I want more than what he reveals to other characters in the novel. The same for Isaac. What would have made this novel deeper and more moving for me would have been the inner thoughts and emotions the two main characters felt about one another as they faced their choices and responses to their situation.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    This book was just OK. It was a typical Civil War historical book, nothing special. I didn't hat the book but I didn't love it either. The story seems to revolve around Henry, the plantation owner's son and his best friend Isaac who is a slave. I thought it was a bit choppy at points but the author managed to get the story out. I have to say the characterizations were great! I was able to connect with each of the characters in the story. The ending needed more though, like a reunion would have b This book was just OK. It was a typical Civil War historical book, nothing special. I didn't hat the book but I didn't love it either. The story seems to revolve around Henry, the plantation owner's son and his best friend Isaac who is a slave. I thought it was a bit choppy at points but the author managed to get the story out. I have to say the characterizations were great! I was able to connect with each of the characters in the story. The ending needed more though, like a reunion would have been nice.

  17. 5 out of 5

    JoAnn W.

    A nice read for people interested in Civil War History. The characters, black and white, seemed to me to reflect the people of the times and probably our own times as well. All the blacks were not saints, and all the whites were not devils and vice-versa. It certainly showed the evils of slavery, even when the master was decent and well-meaning. It moved along quickly and held my interest throughout.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Beckford

    I love historical fiction, particularly Nazi Germany and Civil War books. This book did not disappoint. The story was told from the slave point of view, but also from his childhood friend, who was the slave owner's son. Freedom means different things depending on your perspective. This tale was not filled with slave whippings (which I abhor reading about), but was instead how these two boys lived their lives. I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone. Five stars I love historical fiction, particularly Nazi Germany and Civil War books. This book did not disappoint. The story was told from the slave point of view, but also from his childhood friend, who was the slave owner's son. Freedom means different things depending on your perspective. This tale was not filled with slave whippings (which I abhor reading about), but was instead how these two boys lived their lives. I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone. Five stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melody

    What a great story of the Civil War from an up close perspective of slave owner and slave growing up together. I liked the details about daily life that were included, and the writer's sense of humor. So privileged to have met the writer and his wife at our book group here in Va. Beach! Can't wait for the sequel. What a great story of the Civil War from an up close perspective of slave owner and slave growing up together. I liked the details about daily life that were included, and the writer's sense of humor. So privileged to have met the writer and his wife at our book group here in Va. Beach! Can't wait for the sequel.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hal

    Andrews has written a good novel of the Civil War era. Though the war is part and parcel of the story, the real story is about man's inhumanity to man. It's the story of a young slave and his owner, who is also his best friend. It has a well-though-out plot, good character development and lots of action. Andrews has written a good novel of the Civil War era. Though the war is part and parcel of the story, the real story is about man's inhumanity to man. It's the story of a young slave and his owner, who is also his best friend. It has a well-though-out plot, good character development and lots of action.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    Interesting view of slavery from the viewpoint of a slave during that time period. I liked it that the slave was from a gentler holding. The author depicted many of the evils of the time and also the family divisions Caused by different viewpoints. It also showed that family love, friendship, and locality are things that brings out the best in us.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maranda Prigmore

    I usually give a book 20% before quiting. Unfortunately I couldn't on this book. I read two chapters & fell asleep during both of them. I think its best to say this book isn't for me. So technically I didn't read it but there is no option for tried it. :-) Good luck to anyone that enjoyed it. I usually give a book 20% before quiting. Unfortunately I couldn't on this book. I read two chapters & fell asleep during both of them. I think its best to say this book isn't for me. So technically I didn't read it but there is no option for tried it. :-) Good luck to anyone that enjoyed it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan Miller

    An historical novel about what life was like in the south for slaves. The relationship between a slave and his owner. Even though they have been raised together and treated well, there is a dividing line between them.

  24. 4 out of 5

    ted

    Loved every page A great blend of history and fiction. This book will do what good books do which is to sweep you away to a time and place and introduce you to characters that you'll not soon forget. Loved every page A great blend of history and fiction. This book will do what good books do which is to sweep you away to a time and place and introduce you to characters that you'll not soon forget.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Claire Osgood

    Historical novel, slavery, civil war Gives thoughtful readers a new understanding of slavery from both the southern slave owner's and slaves' side. Civil War scenes are somewhat gory, but probably quite realistic. Worth your time to read. Historical novel, slavery, civil war Gives thoughtful readers a new understanding of slavery from both the southern slave owner's and slaves' side. Civil War scenes are somewhat gory, but probably quite realistic. Worth your time to read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dee Miller

    Meaningful Story about Much More than Slavery I wanted a couple of more chapters or an epilogue. Having the end dangling was the only disappointment in this awesome, mysterious, well-researched historical fiction.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Drburchill

    Slaves..owners..freedom trails..white men raping black women.. families sold.. This book has all the usual suspects in a Civil War novel. It kept my interest but I would find it hard to recommend it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Drudge

    Good storyline that makes you want to learn more about the period. Quality of the writing is a little lacking.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Irene Scallon

    I don't know why the average review is 3.94. I thought the book was excellent from beginning to end. I don't know why the average review is 3.94. I thought the book was excellent from beginning to end.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Good story and a bit different than some other books of and about the Civil War and the people who lived during that time.

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