Freedom's Song: A Novel

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Her voice made her a riverboat’s darling—and its prisoner. Now she’s singing her way to freedom in this powerful novel from the bestselling author of The Librarian of Boone's Hollow.

“[An] enjoyable faith-filled adventure . . . Sawyer’s episodic narrative and rich assortment of characters fighting for freedom provide the story with many twists and unexpected side-plots.”—Publishers Weekly

Indentured servant Fanny Beck has been forced to sing for riverboat passengers since she was a girl. All she wants is to live a quiet, humble life with her family as soon as her seven-year contract is over. So when she discovers that the captain has no intention of releasing her, she seizes a sudden opportunity to escape—an impulse that leads Fanny to a group of enslaved people who are on their own dangerous quest for liberty. . . .

Widower Walter Kuhn is overwhelmed by his responsibilities to his farm and young daughter, and now his mail-order bride hasn’t arrived. Could a beautiful stranger seeking work be the answer to his prayers? . . .
After the star performer of the River Peacock is presumed drowned, Sloan Kirkpatrick, the riverboat’s captain, sets off to find her replacement. However, his journey will bring him face to face with his own past—and a deeper understanding of what it truly means to be free. . . . 

Uplifting, inspiring, and grounded in biblical truth, Freedom’s Song is a story for every reader who has longed for physical, emotional, or spiritual delivery.

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5 reviews
Kristina Anderson
October 24, 2021
Fanny Beck is an indentured servant for Sloan Kirkpatrick, a riverboat captain. Fanny’s father indentured her in exchange for passage for the rest of his family to America. Unfortunately, Fanny’s father did not realize the fine print indentured Fanny for seven years for each family member which is 35 years instead of the seven Fanny believes. When a fire on the ship gives Fanny a chance to escape, she grabs it. It sends her on a journey where she encounters people in need including Walter Kuhn, a widower with a young daughter. Walter needs someone to watch his daughter until his mail order bride arrives. Fanny wants to get to New York to reunite with her family, but she needs to earn more funds for the train ride. In the meantime, Sloan is scouring the Midwest looking for a singer for his riverboat. What is God’s plan for Fanny? Freedom’s Song by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a heartwarming historical novel. I thought it was well-written with realistic, developed characters. Sloan is an opportunistic riverboat captain who takes advantage of a man’s inability to read or write. Fanny is a sweet woman who has led a hard life. She just wants to rejoin her family whom she has not seen in seven years. Fanny is a woman of great faith. She relies on God to direct her journey. The romance element is sweet. I like that it happened slowly and was not rushed. I enjoyed the “embarrassing” moments between Fanny and Walter. This is a clean story which I appreciated (no intimate situations or foul language). The theme of freedom (physical, emotional, and spiritual) was woven throughout the story. It was well-done. I wish there had been an update on Enoch and his family. They were such wonderful characters and I wanted to know how their journey ended. I liked that the story had emotion, suspense, romance, drama, and faith. There is some predictability to the story, but that did not diminish my reading pleasure. I can tell the author did her research for this story. She captured the time period and included good details that enhance the story (the difficulties of traveling by stagecoach for example). Freedom’s Song is an inspiring, emotional story that was a joy to read.
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Joanne Doyal
July 17, 2021
It is not often that you read a book of this magnitude! Freedom's Song is an inspiring, emotional, spiritual journey. Kim Vogel Sawyer allows the reader to travel with the character, Fainche "Fanny" Beck, on her journey from riverboat singer to housewife. Along the way Fanny encounters escaped slaves, underground railroad workers, friendly and unfriendly people on her journey. Always she is mindful of God's purpose for her life. The story begins with Fanny singing on a riverboat, the River Peacock. At the age of fourteen she is indentured to Sloan Kirkpatrick in exchange for bringing her family from Scotland to America. Now seven years later, Sloan has no intention of releasing Fanny. When the ship catches fire, Fanny has the opportunity to leave her cabin and is accidentally knocked overboard. Her journey home begins and what a journey it is. I loved reading Fanny's story. This is a beautiful story of love, hope, charity and faith. I definitely recommend this book as a must-read! Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book!
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Betti Mace
October 18, 2021
If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. 1860 was a time when being free was just a word for many. This concept was so different for all the wonderful characters in this book. The author delves into the life of Fanny, whose gorgeous voice could be heard as the riverboat made its way down the Mississippi. For her, freedom was just a word as she was indentured by the captain, Sloan, for seven years, all the while locked in her cabin when not performing. Enoch and his family had managed to escape their bonds, but would the Underground Railway be able to help them to find real freedom? Walter Kuhn, a widower with a toddler, longs to find freedom from the guilt and fear of being a single parent. Sloan needs to accept his past and find freedom in who he can be. Is it possible that the young lady, who sang for her supper while imprisoned, will be able to share the freedom she has found with those around her? This wonderful, inspiring novel was received through WaterBrook, Random House and NetGalley. These impressions and comments are my own and were in no way solicited.
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About the author

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a highly acclaimed, bestselling author with more than 1.5 million books in print in seven different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades, including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim and her retired military husband, Don, live in central Kansas, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and her grandchildren.

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