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The Freedom of the Soul (The Penbrook Diaries, Book 2) (Truly Yours Romance Club #5) [Paperback]

By Tracey Bateman (Author)
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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.8" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 31, 2006
Publisher   Barbour Publishing Company
ISBN  1597892211  
EAN  9781597892216  

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The captivating chronicle of a young woman's struggle to save her homestead, a young man's determination to expose a pretender, and the yellowed pages of a diary that links their lives together will keep readers spellbound from the first page to the last. Abandoned and abused, Shea Penbrook finds her ancestor Jason Penbrook's diary and unearths a legacy. Jonas Riley is sent to Oregon to investigate Shea's claim to his rightful inheritance-the Penbrook estate. Can love bloom in the midst of murder, deceit, and mystery, or will past histories and present betrayals wreck any chance of romance?

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Abandoned and abused, Shea Penbrook finds her ancestor Jason's diary and unearths a legacy. Jonas Riley is sent to Oregon to investigate Shea's claim to his rightful inheritance---the Penbrook estate. Can love bloom in the midst of murder, deceit, and mystery---or will past histories and present betrayals destroy any chance for romance? 288 pages, softcover from Barbour.
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Tracey Batemanis an award-winning author of more than thirty books including Thirsty. She lives in Missouri with her husband and four children.


Tracey Bateman currently resides in the state of Missouri.

Tracey Bateman has published or released items in the following series...
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  2. Westward Hearts

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Sweet Historical Romance  Apr 26, 2007
This book tells the stories of two times and two places. It bounces between the journals of Shea Penbrook's distant relative from Georgia in 1849 to Shea's story, which unfolds in Oregon and Georgia in 1949.

The author does a great job highlighting each character's voice and making them distinct. There is no confusion about who's talking or which time period the book is in on any particular page. I had concerns that it could become confusing to jump back and forth, but it didn't bother me at all.

In addition, the settings were described vividly so I could see the rooms and the different locations. The book was a pleasant read that I enjoyed. It allowed me to step back into different time periods and forget about my life as I became involved in Shea's efforts to find a meaning for her life.
awesome  Mar 27, 2007
As Batemaan's characters fight for what is rightfully theirs against slavery and a century's worth of racism, they learn valuable lessons in endurance, compassion, and God's sovereignty; at last, discovering freedom of the body and soul.
Once again, Bateman has filled each page with characters possessing a depth of emotion rarely seen in fiction. Unafraid to delve into the sensitive issue of racism, she reminds the reader of a person's true value which is found beyond the skin--the soul. The freedom of which can only be found in Christ. Without mounting a soapbox, Bateman delicately points out that even those possessing a saving knowledge of Christ can find themselves enslaved by pride, guilt, and an ugly past.
An engrossing conclusion to "The Color of the Soul", you will not want to skim a single paragraph. A skillful balance of drama, tension, and love, each chapter is better than the last. You will not be disappointed.
Colorful Eye-Opener!  Jan 23, 2007
Tracey Bateman's second installment in the Penbrook Diary Series is reminiscent of the classics--think To Kill A Mockingbird situated at Scarlet's Tara. Multiple generations battle the war of the races. Parallel injustices occur a century apart. In The Color of the Soul, Bateman deals with a reporter who uncovers a colorful family history in Miss Penbrook's diary. In The Freedom of the Soul, Bateman shows the cost of freedom.
Shea Penbrook discovers her white trash reputation is undeserved when she finds her great great grandfather's diaries. But as she reads his story, so much more is revealed. Great great grandmother Celeste is a one-quarter black slave, nursing Mac, the son of the master. As the story unfolds in the diary, Shea's own life takes a similar course.
Shea is inspired to fight for what is rightfully hers in Oregon as well as the plantation in Georgia. Enter Jonas Riley, the cocky son of the current heir of Penbrook Mansion. Shea tries to convince herself to remain void of emotion when it comes to Jonas, but sparks fly in both directions.
Be sure to pick up this colorful read for a taste of what entire generations have endured. I read this book first, and will certainly go back to read book one in this series of The Penbrook Diaries.
fabulous historical thriller   Jan 14, 2007
In 1949 Oregon Shea Penbrook feels all alone as she buries her Granddad; her fiancé died during the war in the Pacific and her dad not long afterward. At the funeral with her are the preacher she paid and the family helper who asks for his wages. Even before she can get home, her avariciou neighbor Jackson Sable demands she sell the place to him, which she is forced to do by an unfair legal ruling. Going inside her shack, she packs her possessions, but in the attic she finds the diaries of an ancestor who makes her believe she has some African American blood inside her. Lonely she decides to go to Oak Junction, Georgia to find her other roots.

Shea is shocked when she sees how blacks are treated as inhuman, but finds solace in the diaries that focus on the love between Mac the offspring of a wealthy white slave owner and Celeste one of their slaves. She wonders who Mac will marry, a white neighbor who condones his having a discrete tryst or the slave who captures his heart though she sort of knows the answer already. Meanwhile she meets Chicago based Jonas Riley who does not trust Shea, but has no choice except to invite the enemy into his home and more.

The sequel to THE COLOR OF THE SOUL, THE FREEDOM OF THE SOUL, is a fabulous historical thriller that brings to life two eras, the Deep South just after WWII and the Antebellum mid ninetieth century South prior to the Civil War. The prime story line focuses on Shea's need to belong to someone and somewhere, but also uses the diaries to tell the story of Mac and Celeste. Readers will appreciate this character driven look at racial relationships while rooting for the best to happen to the deserving Shea.

Harriet Klausner
historical romance with a twist  Dec 22, 2006
After her grandfather's death Shae Penbrook is alone. Although she can't bear the thought of selling her family farm to Jackson Sable, a man who has hated the Penbrooks for years, Shae has no choice. She has no money, and no one to care what happens to her. In clearing out the house she finds the Penbrook diaries. What she reads there sends her on a mission to learn more about the family secret.

Jonas Riley has come to Georgia and finds his friend, Andy, who is black was attacked by the Klan and left to die. Shae Penbrook found him and saved his life. Jonas is attracted to Shae, but he suspects she isn't exactly truthful about her reasons for being in Oak Junction. Jonas is in danger from the Klan too. Georgia, in 1949, isn't a good place to be if you are black. It isn't a good place for Yankees either, especially if they're from a northern newspaper covering a trial of white men accused of killing a white man and a black woman. Will the killer walk free? Oak Junction, Georgia is a tinderbox and too many of the residents are willing to strike the match. A lot of innocent people will be hurt in the explosion.

Both Shea and Jonas have secrets they are afraid to share. There is a growing attractiion between the two, but will that attraction be strong enough to survive the violence swirling around them? Tracey Bateman's Freedom of the Soul was developed from a bit of family history. From what little she knew about her ancestor she has written a thought provoking tale of a love that trancended racial bariers. She does a great job of blending characters from two areas in a suspenseful story that will grip the reader from the first sentence. Bateman is a good writer, and Freedom of the Soul is top of the line. I'm happy to recommend it.

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