*I was granted an advance copy of this novel from the publisher via Edelweiss*
Dolen’s first novel was so vivid, I had dreams about it. Balm is a wonderful, welcome followup to Wench. Truly enjoyed reading about Hemp, Madge, Sadie and especially Michael and his brother, Sgt. Heil– the spirit that wouldn’t go away. I’m a lover of historical fiction, so Chicago just after the slaves were freed was such a compelling setting. I really felt for Hemp and his search for his wife as well as Madge trying to create a life for herself after leaving her mother and sisters in Tennessee.
Dolen’s writing is clear, concise and provides unmatched imagery into this world. Highly recommend- this release comes out Tuesday, May 26th. I’m definitely sending a copy to my mother!