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David Beasley

Davus publishing,

150 Norfolk St, S., Simcoe, ON N3Y 2W2, Canada,

ISBN: 0-915317-14-1, 2004, pp.462,CND and US $19.95

Very Highly Recommended

Historical fiction/Romance/Mystery



Reviewed by Liana Metal



David Beasley writes fiction and non fiction.  SARAH’S JOURNEY and his other books are featured on his site at .


SARAH’S JOURNEY is set in the United States and Canada in the 1800s.  Sarah, a half negro girl, is born into slavery in Virginia, but flees to freedom in Canada in 1820 where there is no slavery.  The story starts when Sarah is 16 year old and follows her life till her death in Upper Canada.  As the story unfolds, Sarah encounters the violent face of racism that marks her life as a slave and later on as a free slave. She has a lot of children, many of which are white.  What is going to happen to them?  Are they going to be regarded as slaves for ever? 


Sarah is a heroine of admirable courage and spirit whose saga is inspiring and positive.  She overcomes the difficulties in her life with optimism and helps other people cope with their life.  The author has managed to depict a real life character in the most skilful way and make the readers identify with the plight of Sarah who is struggling to have the privileges that she was deprived of.   This story is a document against racial prejudice and is based on real events and characters.  The author’s views about racism are echoed in many parts of the story such as these quotes: ‘If blackness was a stigma in society then she would bring up her children as whites.’ And ‘they think of black and slavery together now.’ Though it is a historical novel it is by far very different from the other novels of this kind as it presents a historical account worth reading. 


SARAH’S JOURNEY is a real page-turner.  The reader follows step by step Sarah’s life and is curious to know what happens next, so that once started, this novel will be read from cover to cover. The novel includes romance elements, mystery elements and a lot of adventure that will keep the readers’ interest intact. The writing style is rich and complex at times, yet simple and easy to read by all kinds of readers. It caters to a wide readership but those who are keen on historical novels will love it best.


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