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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
Carolyn Kane and her friend Kacey are scouring Roswell, Georgia, in the hopes of finding the perfect location to open a restaurant. When Caroline is told about Greyson Manor, one of the original plantation homes in the area, it sounds perfect. When her realtor approaches the Greyson heirs Christina and Daniel they turn her down. Christina decides to come home and turn the Manor into a museum and a place to hold events. Frank Johnson, the person who lives next door to Greyson Manor approaches them about a job and shares with them several pages of a journal from the mid 1800's written by a Cherokee woman named Jaded. The secrets that Jade reveals in the pages of her journals will change Greyson history forever!
"Roswell Redemption" by Cindi Crane effortlessly takes the reader on a historical journey to the mid 1800's while also keeping a firm hold on the present. The author easily transitions between past and present, creating an interesting story of Carolyn Kane and the planning and creation of her restaurant Southern Charm. For me it was the historical journey that sheds light on Native American race relations during the mid 1800's and the story of Jade Hawkins that held me mesmerized. Although I have read a lot of historical fiction, I don't think I have ever felt the emotions I felt as I read Jade's story. At the age of thirteen her life was turned upside down when the government decided that they wanted the Shawnee gone, and gave their land away by lottery. Jade lost so much more than land; she lost her family as well, and was forced to keep the secrets of her abuser. Her journals allowed her secrets to come to light over 100 years later. Overall, I found this story a compelling read. The author creates memorable characters whose stories literally jump off the pages of the book. A great story that has whetted my appetite for more history from that time period. I would easily say this is one of my favorite reads this year!