Rose’s Pledge by Sally Laity and Dianna Crawford is the first book in a planned trilogy about this 3 Harwood sisters. It is set in colonial America, prior to the American Revolution. Rose’s family has fallen on desperate straits in Bath, England. In order to avoid having her father thrown in jail, she takes it upon herself to try to resolve the debt, while still allowing her father and brother their dignity. In order to satisfy every last cent of debt, she sells herself as an indentured servant.
Her sisters accompany her on her journey and she is able to secure positions for them. She had promised her father that all 3 would stay together and that she would make sure the girls stayed focused on the values and religion their parents instilled. However, that is not the case. The 3 girls are separated, with her position ends up being more precarious than the others’. The majority of the book is the story of Rose’s journey and how her faith affects her journey, her relationship with her “owner”, and her relationship with those around her.
I enjoyed this story a lot. I was pleasantly surprised by the direction the story took. I look forward to the remaining stories in the trilogy, especially the next sister – Mariah’s Quest (coming in Summer 2012).
This book is going to be released on January 1, 2012.
I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book from the publisher using the NetGalley system. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.