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Born free in New York City, Carrie Bennet is unprepared to hear the family secrets her ailing mother, Sarah, reveals. To grant her dying mother’s wish, she travels to Twin Oaks, a Virginian plantation to purchase her grandmother’s freedom from Robert Johnson. It is 1859, on New Year’s Eve. When Carrie arrives at the plantation, her fair complexion leads the Johnsons to bel Born free in New York City, Carrie Bennet is unprepared to hear the family secrets her ailing mother, Sarah, reveals. To grant her dying mother’s wish, she travels to Twin Oaks, a Virginian plantation to purchase her grandmother’s freedom from Robert Johnson. It is 1859, on New Year’s Eve. When Carrie arrives at the plantation, her fair complexion leads the Johnsons to believe she is white, until introductions are made. Unaware of the grave circumstances her beauty has set in motion, Carrie’s plans are shattered when she attracts the licentious Captain John Pierce. Carrie agrees to a plan by an agent of the Underground Railroad to aid in the escape of other enslaved relatives. Summoned to the call of freedom, her fate takes a nasty turn when she falls prey to a ruse, which leads to a charge of first degree murder. On the Wings of Freedom is about a young woman’s quest to free others but finds herself a passenger on the Underground Railroad. On the Wings of Freedom is a journey of self discovery. She learns that her middle-class status hasn’t separated her from the enslaved in the eyes of the law. An attempt to defend herself leaves her in legal jeopardy, blurring the dividing line between slavery and freedom. As Carrie battles the law, a secret is revealed which could deny her freedom regardless of the outcome of her murder trial. On the Wings of Freedom is about her struggle to find her own identity in the face of an uncertain parentage and a forbidden love.


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Born free in New York City, Carrie Bennet is unprepared to hear the family secrets her ailing mother, Sarah, reveals. To grant her dying mother’s wish, she travels to Twin Oaks, a Virginian plantation to purchase her grandmother’s freedom from Robert Johnson. It is 1859, on New Year’s Eve. When Carrie arrives at the plantation, her fair complexion leads the Johnsons to bel Born free in New York City, Carrie Bennet is unprepared to hear the family secrets her ailing mother, Sarah, reveals. To grant her dying mother’s wish, she travels to Twin Oaks, a Virginian plantation to purchase her grandmother’s freedom from Robert Johnson. It is 1859, on New Year’s Eve. When Carrie arrives at the plantation, her fair complexion leads the Johnsons to believe she is white, until introductions are made. Unaware of the grave circumstances her beauty has set in motion, Carrie’s plans are shattered when she attracts the licentious Captain John Pierce. Carrie agrees to a plan by an agent of the Underground Railroad to aid in the escape of other enslaved relatives. Summoned to the call of freedom, her fate takes a nasty turn when she falls prey to a ruse, which leads to a charge of first degree murder. On the Wings of Freedom is about a young woman’s quest to free others but finds herself a passenger on the Underground Railroad. On the Wings of Freedom is a journey of self discovery. She learns that her middle-class status hasn’t separated her from the enslaved in the eyes of the law. An attempt to defend herself leaves her in legal jeopardy, blurring the dividing line between slavery and freedom. As Carrie battles the law, a secret is revealed which could deny her freedom regardless of the outcome of her murder trial. On the Wings of Freedom is about her struggle to find her own identity in the face of an uncertain parentage and a forbidden love.

39 review for On the Wings of Freedom

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Webb

    I won this Kindle edition book in a Goodreads Giveaway. Thank you to everyone involved. A good historical novel - good characters.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jane Hunsucker

    "On the Wings of Freedom" by Malanna Carey Henderson is not a good read, it is a great read and a must read! I read this intriguing, can't-put-down historical novel before the COVID pandemic and social justice pandemic hit. The well-written, well-researched historical novel brings alive the horrid conditions of slavery and the heroic acts by fictional people and real people (eg Harriett Tubman) to save people and to seek justice. These actions relate today to the Black Lives Matter and Justice n "On the Wings of Freedom" by Malanna Carey Henderson is not a good read, it is a great read and a must read! I read this intriguing, can't-put-down historical novel before the COVID pandemic and social justice pandemic hit. The well-written, well-researched historical novel brings alive the horrid conditions of slavery and the heroic acts by fictional people and real people (eg Harriett Tubman) to save people and to seek justice. These actions relate today to the Black Lives Matter and Justice now movements. Only by understanding the past, can one see the great needs still unanswered today. Ms Henderson's heroine, Carrie Bennett, captured my admiration, interest and fondness. I cared what happened to her and would love to see a sequel to this novel. Again, please read this remarkable, intriguing book! You will be enlightened, entertained, humbled.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lorna Collins

    Carrie Bennett is born free in New York and lives in a prosperous black neighborhood. She is a teacher, and has just been promoted to head a school for black girls. Carrie is fair-skinned. Many people believe she is white. Her mother is very ill and asks Carrie to go to Virginia to purchase her grandmother's freedom. Along with the request, her mother reveals other family secrets. In fulfilling her mother's wish, Carrie is charged with murder. She escapes and joins the Underground Railway, where Carrie Bennett is born free in New York and lives in a prosperous black neighborhood. She is a teacher, and has just been promoted to head a school for black girls. Carrie is fair-skinned. Many people believe she is white. Her mother is very ill and asks Carrie to go to Virginia to purchase her grandmother's freedom. Along with the request, her mother reveals other family secrets. In fulfilling her mother's wish, Carrie is charged with murder. She escapes and joins the Underground Railway, where she meets Harriet Tubman. This is a compelling and fascinating look at the period just before the Civil War. A good read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Malanna Henderson

    Imagine being charged with murder and bound over for trial for defending yourself. Although the law to exonerate a woman in this situation has been codified - it doesn't apply to you. Thus Carrie Bennet, the heroine of On the Wings of Freedom, finds herself fleeing the jurisdiction of the antebellum south to escape a certain outcome - death by hanging. Her mother's dying wish leads Carrie on a road fraught with danger, hope, self-discovery, a fight for justice and an unexpected romance. Imagine being charged with murder and bound over for trial for defending yourself. Although the law to exonerate a woman in this situation has been codified - it doesn't apply to you. Thus Carrie Bennet, the heroine of On the Wings of Freedom, finds herself fleeing the jurisdiction of the antebellum south to escape a certain outcome - death by hanging. Her mother's dying wish leads Carrie on a road fraught with danger, hope, self-discovery, a fight for justice and an unexpected romance.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Helton

    A fascinating and intimate fiction set in the antebellum eastern United States and depicting the inhumanity of the southern slave system. The story demonstrates the courage, determination and perseverance required to rise against chattel slavery through the strong character of Carrie Bennett. I recommend the book as a good read and an inspiring story.

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