Bound is an emotionally challenging, even heart wrenching,
factual depiction of slavery. Yet it is an inspiring,
mind-expanding novel, chronicling the life of a woman
of courage, determination, resilience, and a will to
survive. Rosalie Turner presents a contextual history
of life in Africa as natives were taken away from their
homes and became captives, the Middle Passage and the
fragility of their lives as slaves in America's 1800s.
Written with clarity and substance, Freedom Bound gives
rise to the power of the human spirit to overcome great
adversity, reminds us of the price of freedom and informs
us of how precious freedom is to all people of conscience.
An extraordinary novel, Freedom Bound should be in home
and educational libraries."
Beverly Wade Hogan
"I loved this book. Freedom bound enslaves the
heart from the very first page. The life of Anna Kingsley,
a woman of courage, grit, and determination, is a beacon
to others to rise above circumstances. Bravo to Rosalie
T. Turner, a powerful storyteller."
Best-selling women's fiction author
"This well-researched and enchantingly written
historical novel provides a unique insight into the
complex paradoxes which accompanied slavery in America
in the early nineteenth century. Rosalie Turner has
created out of the fascinating life experiences of real
people a sensitive and inspiring story of love, courage,
and resilience that sustained them through their many
trials. She has opened a rare window on a largely unremembered
and unrecorded chapter in the American experience. This
book pulls back a curtain covering a dark and forbidding
time and leaves us both informed and inspired."
Former MS Governor, William Winter Institute for Racial
"Personal freedom is deeply
ingrained in humanity, regardless of the times and circumstances,
as reflected by Rosalie Turner in the struggle of Anna,
a young female slave to secure her freedom. She brings
to us a glimpse of daily life on a plantation, including
the many hardships, hopes for the future and the courage
to face each day's challenges. By seeing this era of
American history through the eyes of a slave, it makes
the period come alive in ways history books can only
record. This book is a 'great read' for people interested
in this period of American History, but enlightening
for anyone who reads it."
G. Curtis Jones, Jr.
President Emeritus, Phillips University
Board Member of Tougaloo College