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All We Were Promised

By Ashton Lattimore
All We Were Promised by Ashton Lattimore digital book - Fable

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A housemaid with a dangerous family secret conspires with a wealthy young abolitionist to help an enslaved girl escape, in volatile pre-Civil War Philadelphia.

The rebel . . . the socialite . . . and the fugitive. Together, they will risk everything for one another in this “beguiling story of friendship, deception, and women crossing boundaries in the name of freedom” (Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Friends).

Philadelphia, 1837. After Charlotte escaped from the crumbling White Oaks plantation down South, she’d expected freedom to feel different from her former life as an enslaved housemaid. After all, Philadelphia is supposed to be the birthplace of American liberty. Instead, she’s locked away playing servant to her white-passing father, as they both attempt to hide their identities from slavecatchers who would destroy their new lives.

Longing to break away, Charlotte befriends Nell, a budding abolitionist from one of Philadelphia’s wealthiest Black families. Just as Charlotte starts to envision a future, a familiar face from her past reappears: Evie, her friend from White Oaks, has been brought to the city by the plantation mistress, and she’s desperate to escape. But as Charlotte and Nell conspire to rescue her, in a city engulfed by race riots and attacks on abolitionists, they soon discover that fighting for Evie’s freedom may cost them their own.

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29 Reviews

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Thinking Face“I enjoyed this book. It moved a bit too slow for me. The story build was suspenseful, but the ending felt rushed, and took too long to finish as it was being rushed. I would have liked it to develop more during the scenes where Charlotte and Nell were kidnapped. I don’t think that part of the story was realistic based on history. However, I appreciated the happy ending. I was disappointed with how James’s story ended and would have liked to see him developed more. Overall, it was a good read and I would recommend it.”
Believable charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readSuspensefulHeartbreakingThought-provokingRacism
Slightly Smiling Face“This was a cool historical fic. I liked that it wasn’t set in a plantation and I got to see “freed” black people. But I also like the lesson that we’re all considered the same regardless of where we were born and that we’re not truly free until we’re all free.”
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Historical fiction novel, I learned a lot about Slavery set pre-Civil War Philadelphia. Told from the perspectives of three young black women, and their fight towards freedom. This novel is thought provoking.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersEasy to readOriginal writingAddictiveImmersive settingRealistic settingHeartbreakingThought-provokingRacism

About Ashton Lattimore

Ashton Lattimore is an award-winning journalist and a former lawyer. She is the editor-in-chief at Prism, a nonprofit news outlet by and for communities of color, and her nonfiction writing has also appeared in The Washington Post, Slate, CNN, and Essence. Lattimore is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and Columbia Journalism School. She grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband and their two sons. All We Were Promised is her first novel.

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