The Hidden Light of Northern Fires
Thomas Dunne Books
On Sale: August 29, 2017
Hardcover / e-Book
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Multicultural African-American | Historical | Romance
A novel rooted in the remarkable, but little-known, true
history of the only secessionist town north of the Mason
When escaped slave Joe Bell collapses in her father’s
barn, Mary Willis must ward off Confederate guerrillas
and spies, Joe’s vengeful owner, and even her own brother
to help the handsome fugitive cross to freedom.
Mary has always been an outcast, an outspoken
abolitionist woman in a town of bounty hunters and anti-
Union farmers. Helping runaways is the only thing that
makes her life in Town Line bearable. As the countryside
is riled by the drumbeat of civil war and the promise of
an extravagant bounty for the wounded fugitive, Mary
finds herself drawn to the stranger in forbidden ways.
When rebels cross from nearby Canada intent on killing
him, they bring the devastation of the brutal war to the
town and the farm, and threaten to destroy all that Mary
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