When Emily Harrison takes a job as governess for the Bennington girls she has no idea what she is getting herself into. After the death of her parents, Emily is forced to sell their farm and seek employment until her fiancée returns. With the Benningtons Emily find a very kind family, but with one flaw. They’re slave owners. As a Quaker Emily is appalled by slavery and becomes very outspoken against the institution. She goes so far as to confront Mr. Bennington publicly drawing the ire of those who witness it. But Emily refuses to back down and is soon involved in work with the Underground Railroad.
Alexander Hunt is drawn to the “Yankee governess” despite her haughty and prickly ways, not to mention their difference of opinions. But she has her secrets that he hasn’t discovered yet. Come to that Alexander has his won secrets. As the Civil War begins he takes his place in the headlines as the legendary Gray Wraith who has been wreaking havoc on Union forces. As time goes by tensions run high. Can Emily and Alexander learn to trust each other?
Let me start by saying that I like “The Quaker and the Rebel” but there was also much that I didn’t like (e.g. mention of immoral incidents, overly sappy). The two main characters were not exactly agreeable people. They were both irritating – not shallow, just…unlikable. Mr. and Mrs. Bennington were really the only people that seemed to have any sense. Rather than firing their fiery governess they were very understanding of Emily even sheltering her. And speaking of Emily, she does good true but goodness – she’s so ungracious. But there was lots of history and humor. Some of the characters could be very witty while trading good-humored banter.
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