Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad by Betty DeRamus is a fascinating read! I stumbled upon this book years ago and found myself immersed into a part of American history few learn about.
Outside of history buffs and those who study our nation’s racial complexities, the degree in which we’re taught about the Underground Railroad has always been in the context of the brutalities of slavery, the politics surrounding slavery and the injustices inflicted on a group of people based on race. And while these issues are vital in teaching from the past so that we grow and learn, most text books skip over the love stories that were just as integral to our nation’s make up.
With that being said, Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad is a mosaic composition of true stories of determination to preserve love during a time when blacks were considered mere property and thus stripped of the right to “family” and forbidden in many cases to marry.
What’s so special about Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad is the struggles that couples endured to commit their love. Black and white alike, this book details real accounts of persecution of interracial couples. However, in spite of stature, race or circumstance, tales of heroic risks shows how far individuals were willing to go for love.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance and more importantly, those that have in interest in historical romance.
Review by Trinika A.