Other Side of Freedom
Cynthia T Toney
When the reward is the most costly sacrifice of all.
In a southern farming community in 1925, thirteen-year-old Salvatore and his Italian immigrant father become involved against their will in a crime that results in the murder of an innocent man and family friend. Will Sal keep the secrets about that night as his father asks, or risk everything he and his family cherish in their new homeland, including their lives? Amidst bigotry, bootlegging, police corruption, and gangland threats, Sal must discover whom he can trust in order to protect himself and his family and win back his father’s freedom. Sal’s family, their African-American farmhand, and the girl who is Sal’s best friend find their lives forever changed as dreams are shattered and attitudes challenged in a small community called Freedom.
"Finally — good historical fiction that will appeal to male and female readers alike... One detail in this novel that particularly fascinated me was the presence of Italian immigrants in Louisiana during this time period."
—Barb Szyszkiewicz, FranciscanMom.com
Growing up, Cynthia spent several days each spring on her grandparents' strawberry farm, where she learned to pick the berries and watched them being packed into pints and flats for shipping.
"This novel is great for fans of crime drama and fans of To Kill A Mockingbird. Much like Harper Lee’s famous novel, this story will resonate with young teenagers who are being introduced to a dangerous world. The Catholic themes aren’t overt. Instead, the story reflects Catholic themes in a natural way, emphasizing honesty, family, and integrity."
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