Book Review: Free To Love by Terri J Haynes (The Underground Railroad Brides Collection)

Posted January 20, 2020 by meezcarrie in Christian, historical, romance, Terri J. Haynes / 7 Comments


“FREE TO LOVE” by Terri J Haynes
THE  UNDERGROUND RAILROAD BRIDES COLLECTION

GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance / Novella
PUBLISHER: Barbour
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2018
PAGES: 448 (for entire collection)

Love Guides Hearts Along the Road to Freedom

Nine historical couples walk the road to love even as they dare to escape and help others break free from the injustices of slavery between 1849 and 1860. From Southern states of Georgia and South Carolina to above the Mason-Dixon Line in Indiana and Pennsylvania, they work within the network known as the Underground Railroad.

Free to Love by Terri J. Haynes

East Towson, Maryland—1850
Winnie is hiding a secret—Hiram, a fugitive. Their lives cross at an Underground Railroad station. Can they overcome danger and find freedom in love?


“Love had never been as valuable as strength and freedom. Until now.”

I absolutely loved this story!

Despite being limited to a short novella-length word count, the author has packed the riveting plot with heart-in-your-throat moments of life or death… and a sweet romance that lightens the emotion a bit when needed. Layered and well-defined characters will quickly settle in your heart, and you’ll be rooting for them every step of the way.

Additionally, the author’s writing style is very engaging as well as entertaining. Every page makes you eager to read the next one & I would love to see a follow-up novel with these characters – specifically related to the escaped slaves’ stories Winnie has recorded in her notebook.

Winnie’s revelation about her owners will also linger with me for a while – how many similar things in modern times have we passed off as well-meaning or kind when in fact it’s sin? And once we realize that, what are we willing to do about it?

BOTTOM LINE: A sobering but simultaneously encouraging story of the power of love and the pull of freedom – and the people who risked their lives to give others the chance at both. Perfect for your weekend reading list. I’m off to catch up on the author’s backlist ?

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. This review first appeared on Diversity Between the Pages.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / loved it

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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Terri J. Haynes, a native Baltimorean, is a homeschool mom, writer, prolific knitter, freelance graphic artist and former Army wife (left the Army, not the husband).

She loves to read, so much that when she was in elementary school, she masterminded a plan to be locked in a public library armed with only a flashlight to read all the books and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. She is a storyteller at heart. Her passion is to draw readers into the story world she has created and to bring laughter and joy to their lives.

Terri is a 2010 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis contest finalist, and a 2012 semi-finalist. She is also a 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist. Her publishing credits include Cup of Comfort for Military Families, Crosswalk.com, the Secret Place Devotional, Vista Devotional, Urbanfaith.com and Publisher’s Weekly.

Terri and her husband pastor a church where she serves as executive pastor and worship leader. Terri lives in Maryland with her three wonderful children and her husband, who often beg her not to kill off their favorite characters.

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7 responses to “Book Review: Free To Love by Terri J Haynes (The Underground Railroad Brides Collection)

  1. I always enjoyed reading about the Underground Railroad years ago; and would dearly love to read this book now. It would be so wonderful to be able to enter a giveaway for this one and win a print copy! Lual

  2. MS Barb

    I enjoy reading stories about the underground railroad… I live in OH, and have heard some interesting speakers regarding the hiding/transporting of slaves through OH–very sad, and fascinating!

  3. I love, love, love the subject, the pain, the joy, the endurance toward freedom and the gospel songs that were inspired by this for the way to freedom from slavery.

    My Christian romantic suspense, How to Steal a Romance will be on the shelf in six months! Hope to see it here someday (ok that was totally a shameless plug…)

  4. Alicia Haney

    It sounds very intriguing , I will be adding it to my TBR list. Have a Great week. God Bless you. thank you so much for sharing your review about this book.

  5. Karen VanAntwerpen

    Thank you, Terri, for following where God was leading you. I already love the thought of reading your book after reading about it above. I am loving to learn history even at almost 60 years old. The south is so full of history (good and not so good) that people need to know about. I have limited time to read, and my first thought wouldn’t be to grab a “history” book, so I am very excited to read The Underground Railroad and learn a little bit more of history from you. God Bless!

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