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Touched With Fire

(2013)
(The first book in the Fire Trilogy series)
A novel by

 
Touched with Fire, a novel of the Civil War inspired by the true story of Ellen Craft. Awarded top Historical Fiction Gold Medal Award for 2016 by eLitAwards.

Ellen Craft is property; in this case, of her half-sister Debra, to whom she was given as a wedding gift. The illegitimate daughter of a Georgia plantation owner and a house slave, she learned to hate her own image, which so closely resembled that of her "father": the same wiry build, the same blue eyes, and the same pale - indeed, lily-white - skin. Ellen lives a solitary life until she falls, unexpectedly, in love with a dark-skinned slave named William Craft, and together they devise a plan to run north. Ellie will pose as a gentleman planter bound for Philadelphia accompanied by his "boy" Will. They make it as far as Baltimore when Will is turned back, and Ellie has no choice but continue. With no way of knowing if he is dead or alive, she resolves to make a second journey - south again. And so Elijah Craft enlists with the 125th Ohio Volunteers of the Union Army: she will literally fight her way back to her husband.

Eli/Ellie's journey is the story of an extraordinary individual and an abiding love, but also of the corrosive effects of slavery, and of a nation at a watershed moment.

 
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Paperback Editions

June 2013 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Touched With Fire: Based on the True Story of Ellen Craft
Author(s): Christopher Datta
ISBN: 1-4904-9883-4 / 978-1-4904-9883-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

December 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Touched with Fire: Based on the True Story of Ellen Craft
Author(s): Christopher Datta
Publisher: Christopher Datta
Availability: Amazon   

December 2016 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Touched with Fire: Based on the True Story of Ellen Craft
Author(s): Christopher Datta
Publisher: Christopher Datta
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

June 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Touched With Fire (The Fire Trilogy Book 1)
Author(s): Christopher Datta
Publisher: Civil War, Slavery, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction, women soldiers, civil war romance, runaway
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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