Apr 27 2018

Review for Trouble the Water by Jacqueline Friedland

Posted by Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession in Reviews / 12 Comments

Review for Trouble the Water by Jacqueline FriedlandTrouble the Water by Jacqueline Friedland
Published by SparkPress on May 8th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance
Pages: 353
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
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Abigail Milton was born into the British middle class, but her family has landed in unthinkable debt. To ease their burdens, Abby’s parents send her to America to live off the charity of their old friend, Douglas Elling.
When she arrives in Charleston at the age of seventeen, Abigail discovers that the man her parents raved about is a disagreeable widower who wants little to do with her. To her relief, he relegates her care to a governess, leaving her to settle into his enormous estate with little interference. But just as she begins to grow comfortable in her new life, she overhears her benefactor planning the escape of a local slave—and suddenly, everything she thought she knew about Douglas Elling is turned on its head.

Abby’s attempts to learn more about Douglas and his involvement in abolition initiate a circuitous dance of secrets and trust. As Abby and Douglas each attempt to manage their complicated interior lives, readers can’t help but hope that their meandering will lead them straight to each other. Set against the vivid backdrop of Charleston twenty years before the Civil War, Trouble the Water is a captivating tale replete with authentic details about Charleston’s aristocratic planter class, American slavery, and the Underground Railroad.




This is a historical romance that takes place about 20 years before he Civil War. When the Abolition movement and the Underground Railroad were a part of life for some. Douglas Elling had taken a stand against slavery, but it cost him more than he ever imagined. The loss of wife and daughter made him cold and distant, but his fight did go away.

Abigail Milton has recently been sent to stay with the friend of the family, she’s only 17, impressionable and never been this type of society. She did not like Douglas at first, but he wasn’t around all that much so it worked out for her, but she finds herself being swept up in all the balls and dinners that she’s invited to attend. Who woulnd’t?! The author did just an amazing job capturing this era of time, from the houses to the people and how they carried themselves and their beliefs. It was so easy to get caught up in it all, the Gala’s and dresses and the dancing were just amazing. But there no shortage of lies and secrets to go around though and those who were set to ruin things for Abigail as well as Douglas.

Douglas Elling is a grumpy and standoffish man, but after the loss he suffered, I wouldn’t blame him at all. He did have a soft side to him, and I enjoyed those times so much much like I enjoyed his continuous fight for slavery to end. I coudn’t help but to root for him to succeed. And something about Abigail started to pull him out the rut he was in. Their times together were sometimes kinda intense, then as the story continues they seem to come together. It was sweet and endearing that these two could see the other for who they truly were. Especially when so much stood in the way.

Trouble the Water was a wonderful story of love during a time when all odds were against them.





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12 Responses to “Review for Trouble the Water by Jacqueline Friedland”

  1. Angela

    The setting on this sounds so lovely and developed, and I like that the male character has more dimension that it first appeared.

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