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BOOK REVIEW-All Different Kinds of Free by Jessica McCann
Written by
Hallie Sawyer
April 2011
Written by
Hallie Sawyer
April 2011
I know you are probably sick of hearing me blab on about this author but her day has finally come. Her book has officially launched today!

In honor of this wonderful first step into authorhood, I wanted to share my view of her book with you.

All Different Kinds of Free, written by Jessica McCann, is a historical fiction novel set in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and South Carolina in pre-Civil War 1800's. This is Jessica's first novel, an award winner of the 2009 Freedom In Fiction contest, and it is very apparent as to why she won.

Margaret Morgan is a free black woman, living a quiet life in Pennsylvania with her family when her life changes in one horrifying moment. Along with her children, she is kidnapped and sold into slavery, enduring the harshest of conditions while courageously clinging to her faith that she will live free again.

At that time, Pennsylvania was a free state; Maryland was not. Her case was taken to court and eventually became the catalyst for the states to battle their differences out in the Civil War.

This important woman, one that fights for her freedom and that of her family, was somehow forgotten by the history books. Margaret's side of the story was never told, until now.

Jessica does a fabulous job of placing us right in the heat of things from the beginning and I think it was very smart of her to tell this story from the first-person point of view. All of Margaret's struggles and emotions became mine. Her use of authentic language and raw scenes made the book's settings come to life.

I also loved the way she used dialogue to weave in the political turmoil during that time and the concerns of the courts in regards to slavery. It didn't feel forced or like a history lesson. It felt real. Jessica also showed tremendous courage in telling the tragedies Margaret endured and held nothing back. It was a heart-wrenching, tear-evoking, knuckle-biting and undeniably inspiring story.

Jessica's talent as a writer shines in this story and her future as best-selling historical fiction author begins today. Her book is a fantastic read and I am saying it here-I won't be surprised if a certain book- touting celebrity takes interest in this one. I know, I know, I can hear you all groaning but I'm not kidding. This is right up her alley.

Margaret Morgan is no more a forgotten hero. Thank you, Jessica, for telling her story.


Her paperback book is available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and through Nook.

You can click here to take you to her Amazon page!
All Different Kinds Of Free


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