The Underground Railroad at its peak, the nation on the brink of war,
a Kentucky family split between North and South
Newlywed Haven Haywood looks forward to working alongside her abolitionist husband, Reverend Timothy Locker, to rescue fugitive slaves. Given that her Kentucky slaveholding pa remains unaware of Timothy’s secret work with the Underground Railroad, Haven feels sheltered and secure. When an unexpected rescue mission brings the honeymoon bliss to a screeching halt, little does Haven know how much her commitment to helping Timothy will be tested.
Timothy is confident he did the right thing when he married Haven—until Frank Haywood discovers how deeply involved his daughter is in Timothy’s illegal activity. How far will her pa go to make it clear how angry he is? As heartbreak and conflict follow, Timothy moves his bride from Kentucky to his family’s farm in Ohio where he takes over as pastor of his home church in Greenville. But is that enough to shelter Haven from further heartbreak?
With a great civil war looming on the horizon, Haven’s pa continues to fan the flames of dissension within his sharply divided household. Amidst the escalating drama, Haven must come to grips with the possibility that she may never see her Kentucky home again. Could Timothy’s volunteer ministry to wounded soldiers following the Battle of Perryville hold the answer to healing for Haven’s family? Or will the War Between the States seal the divide forever?
The characters are strong, and the conflicts are realistic and tender. The author doesn’t miss a beat in conveying the depth of struggle. (Victoria Bylin)
What a great book Shelter my Heart is. The characters simply jump off the page. (Debbie Back)