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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Embers on the Wind by Lisa Williamson Rosenberg is a captivating literary fiction novel that unravels at the historic Whittaker House, which was run as part of the Underground Railroad by a family of abolitionists of the same name in 1850. Here, freedom seekers Clementine and Annie hid and perished, but their spirits remain in the house. It’s now a vacation rental in the Berkshires that attracts black women connected by history and motherhood. Spanning centuries, Embers on the wind is a story of slavery's legacy, motherhood and the entangled lives of African American families. Each woman has her own story to tell as they seek genuine freedom, which can only be attained by recognizing their bond to history and to the life forces lingering within the walls of Whittaker House.
Lisa Williamson Rosenberg’s Embers on the Wind is a thought-provoking novel that weaves together interesting characters connected by a collective trauma of their history and motherhood. It is a story of love, hope, courage, fear, and anguish as they try to make sense of the present and the past. This is also a ghost story without the usual malevolence, terror, or the glare of evil faces. Instead, the focus of this narrative is to remind readers that there are horrors in our history that we cannot escape. And there are also acts of compassion and courage that are just as significant. Slavery in America is one of the darkest moments in its history and this book reminds us that it should not be forgotten. I highly recommend this book.