Belinda and the Ghost Plantation
Tate Publishing, 2012 - 268 pages
... I saw how badly Momma was beaten. She was bleeding out of her nose and mouth. There were cuts on her cheeks and her face, and her eyes were swollen. Ned cleaned Momma up as best as he could, but Momma never recuperated from the beating that night. Her voice was weak, and she had to take quick breaths to speak. I overheard Momma beg Ned while crying, 'Please take Belinda away from here.'
Belinda is a young slave in Alabama who must escape her home to find Woko, a Cherokee woman who lives in the woods. Together, Woko, Belinda, and Ned—another runaway slave—travel to North Carolina, hoping to find safety and peace from their horrific pasts. On their journey, the ghost of Belinda's mother guides and comforts her through dangerous encounters.
After a few years, Belinda, Woko, and Ned arrive in North Carolina, and they make their home in woods near a plantation and begin taking in runaway slaves, providing them refuge and healing over the night.
Master Ken learns of Belinda's operation, and though he could turn her over to be punished, he supports her mission. His support turns into infatuation and love, and the two have a daughter who is raised in his house as a white plantation heiress.
Will Belinda's daughter ever learn the truth? What happens when Master Ken's love for Belinda goes too far? When Belinda and Ken's descendents return to the plantation in the twenty-first century, they begin to unlock the secrets of their past. Belinda and the Ghost Plantation is tale of memory, love, ghosts, and family that will pull readers into the past and move them to consider what makes a family.
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