When Sarah Talton’s father suddenly passes away in the summer of 1860, she is left with a teenaged sister to care for, and the family farm and several slaves to oversee. Determined to keep their land out of the hands of opportunists, she embraces her father’s iron will and hardhearted demeanor.

Her life changes when she is given charge of a runaway slave, Jacquerie Bodin, from Louisiana.  As Jacquerie assists Sarah in her quest to develop a romance with a Frenchman who speaks no English, Sarah begins to question the values and beliefs instilled by her father and upheld by her neighbors in Winston, North Carolina. With the Civil War looming, and community leaders clamoring for blood and obedience, both women find themselves traveling a dangerous road that will lead either to their ruin or to their freedom.

Historical fiction isn’t the easiest genre to write, primarily because of the restrictions in the language of character dialogue and the detail that goes into scene description, but I confess that the vast amount of research that went into this novel was a joy for the author, and hopefully makes the story more authentic for the reader. As you follow Sarah and Jacquerie along their journeys, you will notice a number of local landmarks in Winston, Salem, and surrounding environs. By incorporating as much local flavor as possible, my hope is that the reader can easily imagine the entire cast of characters in this unique time and place in American history, and their story comes to life in the imagination.

 


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  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Cameron Kent has a heart for people, especially the underdog and it shows in his writing. This novel is based in then Winston, NC, preceding the Civil War. Interwoven is the town of Salem and Yadkin River, near where I grew up. It is a glimpse into the mindset of southern slave owners and how they actually believed owning slaves was a biblical concept. It's a story of how one slave owner became friends with a runaway slave and saw first hand that every person deserves to be free. I loved it!"

    Sandra M.Road to Devotion will warm your heart
  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "I would recommend this book to anyone who has stood up for what they believe in and for those who have suffered the consequences in doing so."

    C. Gillispie
  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "I enjoyed Cameron's book immensely. I could see the story unwind in my mind as I read it. Unfortunately, I see similar characters and a similar story in real life even today. Change can be good, but real sustainable positive change can also be painful. We must endure the pain, for the reward. Thanks Cameron."

    Teddy B.
  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Engaging story with insightful understanding of a complex era. The broad range of human emotions is captured in the characters, enough so that it reaches the heart and creates a bridge between the past and the present."

    John Stephen P.
  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Normally, I hate period pieces and historical novels. As Edna Mode of the Incredibles says: "It detracts from the now." But I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed reading this book--I actually devoured it over the span of just a couple of days. _The Road to Devotion_ is a glimpse into the lives of a few (mostly female) characters in the South during the 1860s, amid considerable social and political turmoil. Kent examines humanity, justice, morality and even a little romance without being preachy or trite. The truths uncovered in the book are universal and timeless, and I really felt as if Kent transported me 150 years back in time (and I enjoyed the ride). The action in the story is skillfully woven together with an unflinching look at the injustices of the time, and the characters' thoughts and feelings. The novel is entertaining on several levels and hints at deeper issues for the reader to ponder on as well. Nicely done, Cameron--I eagerly await the next book."

    B. JonesLife Truths Revealed in Civil War Novel
  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "BRILLIANT!! "The Road to Devotion" is a marvelous, must-read book for people of all ages! Cameron Kent's latest novel is truly top-notch historical fiction. You only have to read a few chapters before it becomes very evident that the man has "done his homework" ~ ~ and NOT just in Civil War history. A farm in Winston, NC sets the stage for a heartwarming story of farm owner, Sarah Talton and runaway slave, Jacquerie Bodin. A very unlikely bond and friendship forms between these two women as, chapter by chapter, their story unfolds with accurate historical references. From Moravians, Presbyterians and Quakers to references of the Yadkin River, Salem, NC and Charleston, SC ~ ~ I love the "local flavors" that are blended into the canvas of this story of faith and of hope. Whether describing a Carolina morning sunrise or a Christmas wreath hanging in the church window, with extremely vivid detail, Cameron paints a picture with his words ~ ~ leaving nothing to the imagination. Other nice touches to this story include the lyrics to hymns and African-American spirituals that are scattered throughout, as well as a Biblical scripture reference that introduces each chapter, solidifying the message of truth. Trust me, you definitely will NOT be disappointed on your journey with "The Road to Devotion." Awesome, Cameron!!"

    Jennifer W.A Journey of Truth
  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "This is a super historical that showcases the importance of constantly questioning one's values as new experiences happen. The story line is fast-paced but driven by the powerful characters especially the siblings, their late dad, Braxton, LeGare and significantly Jacquerie the slave. Fans will relish this strong Civil War drama as the thirtyish Sarah learns the Road to Devotion is lined with 'hope, grace, love and faith'."

    Harriet K.Super Historical
  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Cameron has captured perfectly a human interaction that can transcend stereotypes, even deep prejudice, even societally imposed slavery. I consider perhaps the greatest evil of slavery, beyond the basic evil of the slave trade, to be the generations who were denied learning. How many minds were forced into atrophy! It is through the exchange of knowledge that both Sarah and Jacquerie realize a liberating destiny that neither could have had without the other. Cameron has created two thoroughly believable characters living in antithetical but parallel worlds. He has found a credible way to draw them into interaction then into friendship. That is a difficult task when dealing with the anti-bellum South where all law, mores, social structure, and economic interaction worked to separate. When it succeeds, as it has in "The Road to Devotion", it makes obvious to the reader the depth of the abomination."

    Charles R.Discovering Truth Beyond Self