on May 24, 2017 :
Well written period piece. Without plodding through the horrific history of slavery, the author was able to present this part of American history vividly and accurately. The premise that there was a good “slave owner” with intent to employ, educate and free slaves might even have been plausible in the 1800’s, but not probable. In any case, this short story drew me in from beginning to end.
There was one statement made by the narrator that had me confused; ‘I decided then that he would be a good master. I didn’t realize how wrong I was.’ Reading on, this statement had me thinking the man who purchased them would be very cruel. Not wanting to give the story away, I think the author moved on without correcting the only flaw in the story. Very nice story indeed.
(review of free book)
on April 17, 2016 :
I loved this story and blazed through it just to see what would happen next. It's well written and contains a beautiful fantasy of what might happen if someone with a good heart, a strong mind, and a time machine might accomplish.