Sunday, April 30, 2017

Review of Mamie Garrison

Mamie Garrison

Teresa McRae

Reviewed by

Author Roy Murry

The underground railroad and slavery in the United States of America are stories we Americans know as part of our history, but few are connected personally. The narratives are scant, and not many are brought to light the way Ms. McRae has in Mamie Garrison.

Using a present-day event, a house left to a grandchild becomes the uncovering of the early inhabitants participating in freeing humans from their enslavers. A young lady finds Mamie's journal, who risked her life and that of others to help slaves into the northern USA.

The people who were enslaved and those who helped free them went through are impelling life change. Using Mamie's journal read by her relative, this preamble to the Civil War comes alive.

Going back and forward, the reader tells her story of meeting a man who helps unravels some mysteries related to Mamie, the slave trade, and how the adjacent properties' occupants were involved.

Ms. McRae has done an excellent job of bringing the reader into a tale that lives on through the journal readers' eyes and unique abilities. The writing is clean, engaging, and believable. I'd recommend reading on to Book 2.


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