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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,129 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lois Leveen Narrator: Robin Miles Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Based on a remarkable true story, The Secrets of Mary Bowser is an inspiring tale of one daring woman's willingness to sacrifice her own freedom to change the course of history.

All her life, Mary has been a slave to the wealthy Van Lew family of Richmond, Virginia. But when Bet, the willful Van Lew daughter, decides to send Mary to Philadelphia to be educated, she must leave her family to seize her freedom.

Life in the North brings new friendships, a courtship, and a far different education than Mary ever expected, one that leads her into the heart of the abolition movement. With the nation edging toward war, she defies Virginia law by returning to Richmond to care for her ailing father - and to fight for emancipation. Posing as a slave in the Confederate White House in order to spy on President Jefferson Davis, Mary deceives even those who are closest to her to aid the Union command.

Just when it seems that all her courageous gambles to end slavery will pay off, Mary discovers that everything comes at a cost - even freedom.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Raimundo | 2/17/2014

    " I so very much wanted to LOVE this book but i just liked it. It was too long, the historical preferences and accounts were wonderful, but I didn't so much care for all the "fictionalized" parts. The story of Mary Bowser should be required studying, but this book needed a historian not a novelist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carleen | 2/15/2014

    " Interesting read, a bit tedious at times, perhaps writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Denise Dolence | 2/12/2014

    " Best book I've read in a long time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alicia Brooks | 2/9/2014

    " Fascinating, personal story about the civil war from a perspective that I haven't read before. It makes you realize what life was really like in the years before the war, during and near the end. It felt like it ran out of steam a bit toward the end and petered to a stop a bit but otherwise completely engrossing and well-written book. "

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