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REDFIELD FARM explores the paradox between peoples' professed beliefs and their actions. The main characters are Quaker and live in a solidly Quaker community. Quakers are non-violent yet the actions of the two main characters will go to any lengths to help fugitive slaves escape. Quakers believe in equality, yet when a mixed-race child is born they turn their backs and arREDFIELD FARM explores the paradox between peoples' professed beliefs and their actions. The main characters are Quaker and live in a solidly Quaker community. Quakers are non-violent yet the actions of the two main characters will go to any lengths to help fugitive slaves escape. Quakers believe in equality, yet when a mixed-race child is born they turn their backs and are uncomfortable with the child. Quakers are pacifists yet two brothers go off to war to fight for their country. Ann Redfield's strength is derived from her Quaker faith, yet she is thrown out of the church for an act of love. She is steadfast in her determination to live her faith, not just profess it. Ann's life is testament to the true meaning of the Quaker teachings.REDFIELD FARM is thoroughly researched for accuracy. The author is a history professor and historical researcher....

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ISBN : 9780978924744
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Number of Pages : 287 Pages
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Redfield Farm Reviews

  • Melki
    2019-03-07 10:46

    "Equal in God's eyes don't mean equal in man's eyes."Yes, this is indeed one of those "Ladies Book Club" books I'm always railing against. A female main character, social issues, historical fiction - yup - it's tailor-made for a bunch o' gals to sit around and discuss whilst sipping wine. And, it is actually this month's selection for my real-life book club.I was all set to hate this book's guts.But . . . I loved it.Do not, I repeat DO NOT read the Goodreads description of this book. It's gives away something I did not want to know, and you won't want to either. All you need to know is that this is about a Quaker family in Pennsylvania who help escaped slaves traveling the underground railroad. Does it really deserve five stars? Probably not. The writing is serviceable, but not fantastic. Some parts of the plot require quite a suspension of disbelief, and others may want to make you roll your eyes. And yet, taken as a whole, I think it works. Lastly, it meets my personal criteria for a five-star read - 1. yes, I would read it again, and 2. it made me cry. Maybe it's just the hormones, but I sniffed more than Trump at a debate over this exchange:"It's beautiful, you know," I told him."What is?""Life. Beautiful in its beginning. Beautiful in its ending. Beautiful because it goes on. Because when you think its over, it has just begun. One life ends and another begins, and we are all a part of it. None immune to its sufferings; none excluded from its joys. It's all there for the taking.Oh, you Quakers . . . you spout wisdom, make me cry, AND give me nutritious oatmeal. Is there nothing you can't do?

  • Dem
    2019-03-05 07:38

    Redfield Farm by Judith Redline Coopey- A novel of The Underground Railroad.This is a well written and easy to read Novel set in the time of slavery and the Underground Railroad. I have to admit I was ignorant about the The Underground Railroad and enjoyed reading and learning about this time in history.This is an interesting story very simply told. The story is set in the mid 1800s and the main characters The Redfield family are Quaker and live in a solidly Quaker community. This family are non-violent yet brother and sister Jesse and Ann will go to any lengths to help fugitive slaves escape. I enjoyed the insight into Quaker life and how they put their own lives at risk in their involvement in gaining freedon for slaves. I really enjoyed this novel as it had enough historical facts to keep me interested.

  • Mary Mascari
    2019-02-24 10:45

    Not a bad book, really. More of a series of vignettes around one character than a unified novel. Interesting setting and a likable main character, but it never really grabbed me. I only finished it because I was waiting for new books to arrive in the mail.I'm not sure if too much happened in the book, or not enough. She just skimmed through huge events in a few paragraphs, and nothing really bad happened. I mean, people died and got injured, but it was always kind of OK. I don't buy that she would have slept with Josiah so casually, and laughed out loud when the man she married showed up just as her sister suggested she find a husband. Since everything turned out OK very quickly, there wasn't a lot of suspense.

  • Carole
    2019-02-28 08:50

    I loved this book so much, I didn't want it to end. I admired the faithfulness of Ann, the main character, & was pleased by the end of the story. I liked that there was no bad language, or sexual scenes in this wholesome book. I telling all my friends to get this fabulous novel. One of my all time favorites!

  • Debbie
    2019-03-03 07:00

    I regret that this book has been sitting on my Kindle for more than a year. Why didn't I read it sooner?? Through the voice of Ann Redfield, Judith Coopey tells us what life was like for Quakers during the Civil War. Quakers who helped the Underground Railroad. Ann Redfield is a curious girl who grows into a strong woman. Though she falters once (I won't spoil the story), her faith and values guide her through life. I must admit, though, I found myself asking repeatedly, "Do women like Ann actually exist? Women who are in such command of themselves, so sure of their faith, and who are strong enough to endure so much??" I sure hope so. As for Coopey's writing style, she has a way of using Ann's voice to introduce us to other characters and events as if we were there ourselves. She includes interesting details about Quaker life, the Underground Railroad, and life in the mid-19th century, but she does it without wasting words. She also provides closure at the end of the book, which is something I value greatly when I'm hooked on a story. I'm not a fan of wondering about what happened to the characters I've come to love. In my opinion, Coopey is a truly talented writer. I'm actually downloading her other two books now, Waterproof: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood and Looking for Jane. I will save them for a time when I can savor every word.

  • Jill
    2019-03-01 09:37

    I haven't read a book this well written and powerful since The Help last year. I got this book for 99 cents on an Amazon daily deal and I'm so glad I chose it. I loved the story of Ann and her brother Jesse and their work on the underground railroad. The book was well researched and very informative about the years leading up to the civil war. This author had the ability to create suspense from seemingly nothing. Every time one of the siblings went on a "delivery" of slaves attempting freedom, I was on the edge of my seat hoping for a safe return. The suspense was never forced, but seemed to flow naturally from the page. I'm impressed. I don't know if this is the only book by this author, but I intended to find and read more by Judith Redline Coopey. Happy Reading!

  • Alesa
    2019-02-22 08:59

    Redfield Farm is about a lot of things that I'm interested in: Quakers, the Underground Railroad, mixed-race children, etc. Also, it got good reviews. So I was excited to read it. However, the writing felt amateurish to me. The characters didn't grab me. And it always grates on me when an author describes someone as "skipping" down a lane. Really, who skips (except a young girl, and even then, very rarely). So I gave up. When you've got a Jane Smiley novel from the library, and it's just begging you to open it and read it before it has to go back to the library, then it's okay to give up on a book that just isn't quite making it. Right?

  • Mindy
    2019-02-20 13:50

    This is a book that is written simply and beautifully. There are no fearsome enemies to build the plot, but more about the vicissitudes of life. I didn't expect much when I downloaded the Kindle version since it was not overpriced. The book certainly delivered on ploy, them, and simplistic beauty of the words.

  • Em
    2019-02-23 07:57

    I had high expectations after reading "Looking for Jane" by this same author but was greatly disappointed with this book. Thankfully, I came upon "Looking for Jane" first, if reversed I would never have read another book by this author.The main character "Ann" did not add up. Here we have a very mature young woman with strong convictions of her faith, respect of family and home responsibilities. She is hurt emotionally by a man who she presumes to marry but he marries another. Here's my problem with this story... shortly after this news and totally out of her character with no regard for her own self respect, strong convictions to her Quaker faith or her family she has a quick fling in the small hideaway upstairs with a man who they are hiding in order to help him escape to Canada!!! I really found that hard to believe according to the strong character painted of her by this author! Supposedly she was a VIRGIN yet she is able to gather her clothes and look presentable in a moments notice when they hear people entering the house...another hard to believe scene. This man they are hiding had confided to her he was married and in love with another woman yet was more than happy to accommodate her pathetic misery and pride by servicing her needs. Somehow according to this book, she respects that behavior in him after just getting dumped...this did not add up either. Of course she became pregnant from the fling and later takes a journey to find the man and his wife and gives the baby to them. His wife so understanding of his former infidelity gladly takes the baby in and raises him. The book was so unrealistic nothing added up. Possibly it could have been believable had they painted Ann as rebellious and needy for men in youth but after learning from her mistakes turns into a fine mature woman.

  • Jeri
    2019-03-16 10:37

    Moving story about a Quaker family in Pennsylvania who becomes very involved in the Underground Railroad before and during the Civil War. But the story doesn't start or end there - gives insights into the Quaker life during the period, the strength of one woman, Ann Redfield, who keeps her family - and extended family - together during many many difficult times. Her devotion to her older brother involves her in the Railroad, which leads her to an innocent tryst with one of their rescues, which leads to his freedom in Canada and her pregnancy - can you imagine having a child under those circumstances? She's a pretty phenomenal woman, and this is just one of many of the trials put before her and her family -- good historical read about what the Quakers did to help the slaves during the period and also a good read about a special, strong woman. Almost 4 stars but not quite.

  • Bria
    2019-03-18 13:38

    This is more than a story of the underground railroad. It is the story of a lifetime in a Quaker family and a beautifully woven story, at that. It follows the life of the main character, Ann Redfield, in first person through her own and familial adventures, toil, terror, joy, love and laughter. I could tell that the historical setting of this book was researched meticulously and was not surprised at all to learn in the About the Author at the end that the author is a native of Pennsylvania and a student of her state's history. If you're looking for a down-home historical read detailing the life of a Quaker family in the mid to late 1800s, including the Underground Railroad and the Civil War, this is it!

  • Carol
    2019-02-18 10:36

    What an interesting story of a Quaker family involved with the Underground Railroad. All the side story lines keep this book moving and my interest peaked. Many books are written about slavery, however Judith Redline Coopey opens our eyes regarding the people who risked their lives freeing slaves during this turbulent time period. Great story!

  • Kari
    2019-03-10 09:45

    I would probably rate this 2.5 ⭐️ s if I could. However, I didn't like it enough for a 3 star rating. All throughout the book I kept asking what is this book really about? It seemed to be about the Underground Railroad at first. And then about being a Quaker, then moved to an interracial relationship but then it changed to being black in a white world, and then rounded out with being about the civil war. And that's where the book lost some stars for me. Ultimately I decided it was a book about life and how life goes on regardless of these huge events that shape the world around us. Not my favorite book, but it was interesting none the less.

  • Virginia Myers
    2019-02-17 10:39

    This is a very good book if you are interested in Civil War history. It brings out the heroism of the “conductors” along the routes of the Underground Railroad which was the lifeline between slaves and freedom in Canada. It tells the story of a Quaker family in Pennsylvania who put themselves in danger in order to assist hundreds escape the miseries of slavery. I agree with the description printed on the back of the book: “The author brings a deep understanding of the details of the Underground Railroad which lend authenticity and truth to this tale of a life well-lived and a love well-founded.” In addition, we learn about how they were torn between their Quaker beliefs against violence are tested by the increasing violence of the war around them. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and felt empathy for them. The book was easy to read and kept my interest – not sure whether this is an indicator of me or of the author’s ability to spin a tale.

  • Tom
    2019-02-23 08:39

    Historical fiction.A good wholesome book about a family of Pennsylvania Quakers and their role in the inderground railroad prior to, during, and after the civil war. The story is told by, and follows the life of the main character Ann Redfield from her earliest memories to just prior to her death, as an aging woman. Dealing with far more than just the underground railroad it is a story about the Quaker community, which to be honest, really sounded wonderful during this time period, before modernization began to challenge their communities. Some what "Steinbeckish" as it deals with the trials of basic life and everyday tradgedies rather than any single momentus event, it pulls the reader into Ann's life. The underground railroad provides for moments of tradgedy as well as moments of uplifting rewards. Highly recommended for anyone who just wants to relax with a good story, and easy read, and insight and knowledge to another time and place in history.

  • Jana
    2019-02-25 14:53

    This book took place during the 1800's on a Quaker farm in Pennsylvania. We follow the Redfield family, as told from Ann Redfield's point of view. Ann and her family become a part of the Underground Railroad moving slaves to freedom. Along the way, we follow the comings and goings of Ann's ever-changing and growing family; the joys and the heartaches, their love of their family, community and Friends, enduring the betrayal of others, the dangers of being conductors, and the ravages of war. I appreciated Ann's down-to-earth ways, her ability to love, to give all, to be human, and to be forgiving. It's a page turner of a novel and reminds me a lot of "These is My Words". I found the Quaker religion fascinating and learned more about the Underground Railroad and the history that goes along with it. I highly recommend this book.

  • Mary Anne
    2019-02-20 14:43

    Maybe actually a 3.5 star book for me. The story was interesting to see how lives were impacted by the underground railroad during the civil war - not just the fleeing slaves, but also the people helping them. Since this book focused specifically on Quaker families helping the escaping slaves it was a little different than others I have read about this era. It was interesting to see how the Quaker beliefs and faith gave people the impetus to help others. The book follows Ann amd her brother Jesse as they grow from their teens into old age. It paints a very nice portrait of the family support to get through the hardships of those times. A very interesting read.

  • Carlotta
    2019-02-28 13:48

    This book was well written and plan to check out some of Judith Redline Coopey other historical novel books.This story provides insight into the underground railroad and those who risked their lives fighting the injustice of slavery in the mid-to-late 1800's. in the Redfield Farm the characters were well developed, the story started with information which peeked my interest and held it throughout the book. I found it hard to put down because I cared about the characters, what they were trying to accomplish and what would happen next.

  • Debbi
    2019-02-21 06:53

    The story of a Quaker family told by one of the sisters, Ann Redfield, takes place not too far from Gettysburgh, Pennslyvannia before, during, and after the civil war. It is a story of the Quakers helping to pass slaves through the Underground Railroad and it really brings home the risk and sacrifice they made. The novel had 3 generations of Redfields in it although it centers on Ann Redfields'. So you learn about each one's life and what they do with it. Learned some about the Quaker religion Surprised me several times and some tearjerker moments as well.

  • Sharon Huether
    2019-03-05 08:38

    Redfield Farm: A Novel of the Underground Railroad By Judith Redline Coopey This story was so touching, I cried through last part of the book. This story was baised on the historcial facts of moving slaves from the south into Canada. Groups of Friends (Quakers)who were pacifists risked their lives to see that slaves became free. The main character in the story gives her most precious gift back to his father so he can have a better life with his own people.

  • Diane
    2019-03-17 09:46

    Not a lot of substance. Any descriptions of the underground railroad could have been taken out of middle school level history book...expected a much more researched representation. Background story was okay but I felt there were too many peripheral characters that got in the way. About 1/3 of the way through it started to slow down for me, though it did pick up I just wanted to get through it for book club.

  • Jeanette
    2019-03-05 07:47

    Plenty of others have already summarized the storyline of the book so just a short opinion on this one. I loved it! It was another deal I got from Amazon and was pleasantly surprised by how good it was consdering the price. There were a few times that throughout the book that I may have got a bit bored but overall I found it very engaging. I loved the main character and admired her strength and courage during times of adversity. I look forward to reading more by this author.

  • Jackie
    2019-03-03 12:43

    Amazing! I finished reading earlier today, and I can't stop thinking about this book. It was a beautiful story of love, tragedy, family, and unbreakable bonds. This book painted a beautiful picture of the Quaker lifestyle and their important involvement in the underground railroad. I can not say enough about this book. It is a MUST READ!!! Amazingly this book was only 2.99 on the kindle!!! I would have paid top dollar!!!!!

  • Bethany
    2019-02-23 10:33

    I read this book in one sitting...I was immediately drawn into the story and couldn't put it down until I finished it. I haven't read a book that hooked me so completely in quite some time...This is the story of Ann and her family; simple Quaker people who are drawn into the midst of the underground railroad movement. The story is fast paced and keeps you turning pages as fast as your eyes can scan them. Give it a read, you won't be disappointed.

  • Mary Beth Roselli
    2019-02-27 14:57

    I was interested in the topic but found this story a little predictable which brought its credibility down. Though the story was still a good one, I felt it was more story than a lesson of the cause.

  • Terri
    2019-03-17 12:53

    Interesting quick read, a bit implausible but a nice interweaving of history and a good family yarn. I have always been interested in the Underground Railroad and the Quakers' important role. My home states of PA and MD are both key to this bit of U.S. history.

  • Carolyn
    2019-03-07 07:40

    I'd say 4.25 stars. I learned a lot in the book about the Underground Railroad. I love learning things while I read very entertaining stories.

  • Talkalicious
    2019-03-03 06:38

    An absolute thrill to read. I couldn't put it down. Waiting for someone to get caught, love, desire, hope and conviction. I admired Ann Redfield, so much strength and selflessness.

  • Susan
    2019-03-02 08:56

    Very fine story about the role of the Quakers and the Underground Railroad.

  • Laura
    2019-02-16 14:54

    I liked this book. It was a very "lightweight" historical fiction. I was expecting something a little more indepth. It was enjoyable a a "beach" type read for me.