The emotional depth of these characters, mainly Daniel's is what I loved most about this story and I'm always down to learning a bit of history when I'm reading especially when it comes to black and brown people both freed and enslaved who helped during the civil war.
I think the author did a good job of covering things about the war. Some of those things included that White people weren't the only ones to profit off of the despicable acts of slavery. Ms. Cole also gives us a character who deals with self hate which still runs rampant in communities of color in the Year of Our Lord 2019. The idea of being better than your brothers/sisters because you are no longer "in the fields" with them still goes on and it needs to be addressed more. Folk tend to talk over one another when certain subjects come up but...that's a conversation for another day.
I marked this as a romance on my Goodreads shelf but in all honestly, we get very little romance in An Unconditional Freedom and I didn't mind that at all. Daniel and Janeta's relationship was more than heated gazes and bodies. It was a relationship of two people doing what they can to survive in a Country that refused acknowledge them as human but this was also a relationship of two people fighting their own personal demons during a time that threatened to do them both in...more so for Daniel. His suffering and dealing with PTSD was done in a good way. I’m glad this author didn’t gloss over it.
I do wish she had covered...maybe just a little more of Janeta's travels before she met up with Daniel and the Loyal League. A woman, especially a black woman traveling alone during the Civil War could not have been safe at all.
I will say that the plot and world building was a tad lackluster IMO. Although I loved both Daniel and Janeta as characters, I felt like "their" stories overpowered the plot causing a bit of a disjointed drawn out tale with a ending that felt rushed and somewhat unfulfilling.
Still, An Unconditional Freedom is a good story and if you have a love for Historical Fiction, then definitely add this one to you reading list.
**Thank you to the publisher/Netgalley for the opportunity to review.
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