Refreshing and very well written story that encompasses the true meanings of love, compassion, toleration and honesty. From the very first words the reader is drawn into a vividly presented time period in our not so distant past where differences between peoples are the basis for prejudices and blinded minds. This is written with the younger minds as focus, accurately portraying the age of the main characters in their thoughts, words and actions. I especially enjoyed the characters having strong morals and sound faith, and keeping to those beliefs throughout the story without being preachy. Overall this is an enjoyable book for all ages, with just a minor slow down through the middle of the plot. A free copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest unbiased review.