Abston’s second installment in his historical series is a stunning story about a woman caught in the grip of trials and tribulations of life and an unescapable flow of history. After her last-minute escape earlier, Annabelle is finally safe with her rescuers’ Cherokee family in the Indian Territory. Trying to dodge the sinister Indian Agents who are relentlessly on her trail, Annabelle knows she must learn the ways of the Cherokee. But coming to terms with the traumas of her past while building a new life is not as easy as it seems on the surface. Abston is skilled at creating people’s way of life and is just as compelling in his portrayal of the spiritual wounds of the struggling Cherokee population and Black slaves. The expertly crafted, multi-layered cast of characters is thoroughly authentic: the shifts and complexities that happen in Annabelle’s life are ripe with ups and downs and make more than a mere backdrop of other people’s tortured stories; readers will easily fall in love with the endearing John and fierce Grace who, with her iron core of character and determination remains an intriguing protagonist throughout. The finely incorporated themes of friendship, family, faith, integrity, resilience, courage, and responsibility give both depth and substance to the absorbing narrative. Fans of engrossing historicals won’t want to miss this one.