A beautiful story that blends real events with fiction, Across The Wide River tells the story of Lowry Rankin, his introduction to, and ultimately, his contribution to the Underground Railroad.
Lowry is familiar with slavery, and the struggle for freedom in 1800’s Kentucky. Why, his best friend Sherwood is a slave. When Sherwood is badly beaten, Lowry’s young eyes are opened to the cruelty and danger faced by those trapped in slavery.
A family move to a town called Ripley in Ohio brings more challenges for young Lowry, as he becomes acquainted with the Underground Railroad through his father’s involvement. He sees the injustice all around him, yet even as he fights for the cause of freedom, he is simultaneously waging an unspoken personal war against the path he finds himself on, and his father’s expectations for his life.
Along the way, Lowry finds friendship, his purpose, and romance, in this, the first in a series.
A little about author Stephanie Reed:
Stephanie Reed’s family often passed through Ripley on their way to their grandparents home. Signs about the Rankin house prompted her to write this story which included years of research. A mix of actual events along with imagination, Across The Wide River is not “…the history of the Rankins, but the story of the Rankins.”
This was a wonderful read, start to finish. This is a teen fiction book, but really, it’s great for anyone interested in events from the Underground Railroad, and the courage of those brave abolitionists. I love how Reed wove the promises from God’s word throughout the story, and how the characters use them to work out their purpose for life. Add this one to your personal library.
Check out these links for more information about Stephanie Reed, Across The Wide River, and its sequel, The Light Across The River.
You may also like to check out this link to view the first couple of chapters of Across The Wide River, and its sequel The Light Across The River.