Trouble the Water by Jacqueline Friedland

Trouble the Water

Abigail Milton was born into the British middle class, but her family has landed in unthinkable debt. To ease their burdens, Abby’s parents send her to America to live off the charity of their old friend, Douglas Elling. When she arrives in Charleston at the age of seventeen, Abigail discovers that the man her parents raved about is a disagreeable widower who wants little to do with her. To her relief, he relegates her care to a governess, leav...

Details Trouble the Water

TitleTrouble the Water
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Trouble the Water

  • Angela M
    3.5 stars. 1840’s Charleston, SC, slavery and the Underground Railroad, when abolitionist sentiments and actions can destroy your family. 1840’s England when a change in economic situation can change the life of a middle class family forcing them to send their 17 year old daughter to a place of safety with a friend in Charleston. There is hardship and despicable treatment and loss. Two people whose lives have not been easy will change each ot...
  • Suzanne Leopold
    Seventeen-year-old Abigail Milton is sent from England to live with family friend Douglas Elling in Charleston. Abby’s family is struggling financially and they hope that she will benefit from living in an upper-class home. Douglas is a widower who runs a shipping company and his role as an abolitionist has made him a loner in the pre-civil war South. He introduces Abby to a different society full of wealth & debutante balls. Douglas does littl...
  • Deanne Patterson
    1840's Charleston, South Carolina. This is a new to me publisher,SparkPress and I must say I am very impressed with this historical fiction book they have published . I am open to reading more by this publisher. The cover is the book is very eye catching. Abigail Milton (Abby) is from a middle class British family but when finances become an issue she is sent to America to live off the charity of their old friend, Douglas Elling. Very unsure of h...
  • Joanna Loves Reading
    This book started on a gut-wrenchingly vivid note, but it ultimately fell flat for me. Early on, I thought I would not be able to read it. I thought it was too heavy of a subject matter, but it didn't end up dwelling on any aspect for too long. The story was told from multiple characters’ perspectives and takes place primarily in Charleston, South Carolina. I would say there were three main characters. Douglas, a successful businessman in shipp...
  • Kate Olson
    Thanks to BookSparks for the free review copy of this book as a part of #SRC2018!I read this entire book in one day, and thoroughly enjoyed this historical romance set in 1840's Charleston, SC. The anti-slavery and Underground Railroad storyline was such a welcome one, and I definitely learned a lot about the slave trade. The only fault I can find is that I wish the book had been longer, but I'll hold out hope that it will be the first in a serie...
  • Tina
    I loved this so much! Simple writing and accessible historical fiction. I tend to get bogged down if an author gets too flowery with their writing, so I appreciated the straightforward manner in which Friedland writes. This is totally outside my comfort zone, but I found myself turning the pages and racing to the end like I would any thriller. Loved the characters and the omnipresent narration. This is Southern Historical Fiction/ romance wrapped...
  • Michele
    I loved this book! It's a cross between Jane Eyre and The Underground Railroad. It's a well researched book with a really interesting story. I started it on vacation and read it straight through. You'll root for the heroine and for some of the ancillary characters. Don't miss it!
  • Linda Zagon
    Kudos to Jacqueline Friedland , Author of “Trouble the Water” for writing such an intriguing, intense, captivating, and riveting novel. I love the vivid descriptions of the times, the landscape and colorful cast of characters. The Genres for this novel are Historical Fiction, Fiction, with an essence of Romantic Adventure. The timeline for the story is about twenty years before the Civil War, taking place in Charleston, and England. The story...
  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd
    #FirstLine ~ Douglas urged his horse onward at a feverish pace, gripped by panic that his wife might have been taken, or his daughter. A powerful novel with some heavy themes, but those themes were balanced with the richness of the characters and the brilliant story. I loved that there was more than one perspective shared in this book because it gave me a deeper understanding of the story and the characters within it. It was one of those stories ...
  • Sue
    This well researched historical fiction novel is a debut for the author. She did a fantastic job of creating very real characters in the historical setting of Charleston, SC, twenty years before the civil war. Abigail was born into the middle class in England but when her family fell on hard times they decided to send her to Charleston to live with an old friend, Douglas. Because she was only 17, Douglas hired a governess to teach her in both boo...
  • Gaele
    Surprisingly fast paced despite the very plot-heavy themes with multiple challenges, growth and an overlay of tension that keeps readers flipping pages, this was a unique presentation that brought together historic events, challenges and choices in ways not before seen. Abigail Milton is a British girl, born to the middle class in the 1800’s. Her family has encountered difficulties and debts, and since she is ‘of that age’ it is time to pre...
  • Melissa
    I will be honest, I'm not much into stories about slavery. However, The Invention of Wings changed that for me and set me on the path to be less hesitant about reading others. So when Jacqueline Friedland's debut came along, I was ready for it. While I was initially intimidated by Invention, I was able to dive right in to Trouble the Water. This isn't just a story about slavery. There are parts involving the Underground Railroad, but I learned ne...
  • Brisni (בריטני)
    This was a refreshing read for me. There's a nice complexity to the story and the writing style.Would have been an instant classic with a bit more development. There's a crossover of story lines that could have been more evolved. I could have easily read 200 more pages for that sort of expansion on characters and story.Yeah, it was a bit romance-y, but redemptive and believable. Overall, I enjoyed it.
  • Wendy
    I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of this book. It starts out right away with action, and the excitement doesn't slow down for the entirety of the book. This is a plot-heavy, fast-paced book. Once you get past the first couple of chapters, it's hard to put down, so beware! I've read many books that involve the Underground Railroad, and this one has just moved to the top of my list. The real focus of the book is the relationships betwee...
  • Arthur Berkell
    I generally don't read fiction and certainly don't read romantic novels. "Trouble the Water", however, is in a class by itself. It brings you back to the aristocratic Old South - back in time when etiquette was strict and moral rectitude was valued if not demanded. Your eyes are opened in a very real way to the manner in which slaves were regarded and how they were treated by their owners. (In today's parlance, even the word "owners" is repugnant...
  • Daria
    What an amazing debut novel set during the pre-civil war era. I don’t usually read historical romance but this story just grabbed me from the beginning. It was so well researched and written that you really felt like you were in Charleston in 1846! Even though it is a romance, it also covers the important issues of that time, namely slavery and abolition without being trite and cliche. The heroine, Abby is a strong independent woman, which is r...
  • Dianne
    A book to cuddle up with on a cold winter's eve or to take your time and savor on warm breezy day. Settle in for a read that makes you laugh, makes you cry -- all in all makes you feel renewed and optimistic about life. You'll miss it when it's over. Looking forward to reading more from this spectacular new author...
  • Ellen
    Set in Charleston, S.C. During the 1840's, Trouble the Water is a richly detailed story about beytral, loss, love , deeply seeded beliefs, and the power of freedom.I fell in love with this book - the setting, the building relationship between Abby and Douglas, and the driving power of Clover to seek freedom and a better life for unborn children all drew me in. But what truly captured me was Clover through her strength of conviction, belief in sel...
  • Patty
    Douglas Elling has been secretly helping to do what he can to halt the slave trade in his adopted home town of Charleston, S.C. He thinks he can walk a fine line with his neighbors but soon learns that it’s not as easy a thing to do as he first thought and he pays a heavy price for his abolition work. His life changes and so does he but his life will soon change again when the daughter of a childhood friend comes to stay with him.Abby was sent ...
  • Brenda
    I really enjoyed this book. The story moves along at a fast pace, but that doesn't mean you don't become attached to the characters or remain uninterested in their fates. Quite the opposite! There are trials and tribulations, tragedies and triumphs, and one inspired act of retribution that had me cheering out loud. Pre-civil war Charleston is described in such awesome detail that it almost becomes another character in the story. It was so interes...
  • Nicole
    "Abigail, my darling," Douglas smiled carelessly, "they're talking already. Let's at least make it interesting."I savored this book. It was so enjoyable to read. Over and over, Trouble the Water reminded of Jane Eyre and once even, of Cinderella. The romance in this book is my favorite part. While there are some aspects I found implausible, it was easy to let myself get swept away in the romance.This novel is set twenty years before the start of ...
  • Kayla
    I was expecting this book to be heavier in history and lighter on romance, but it was the other way around. The plot and characters felt somewhat under-developed, and I didn’t think some of the characters’ actions were realistic. I also didn’t like the part of the plot that was hinting about Abby being abused. I decided to move on to another Georgette Heyer book instead of finishing this one.
  • Mira Singer
    loved it! So thoughtful and poetic. How the last paragraph really ties everything together, the way she structured the parallel narratives, the grace with which she covered so many hard subjects in the characters’ struggles and their world. I already eagerly anticipate whatever project she might turn to next.
  • Reyna Gentin
    I just finished Jacqueline Friedland's wonderful debut novel, Trouble the Water. A love story set in pre-Civil War Charleston, Friedland successfully sets the scene of the turbulent times her characters inhabit without overdoing it. I don't read a lot of historical fiction, but Friedland made the period accessible, and the backdrop provided a way to consider more serious issues along with the romantic ones. Friedland took on the ambitious task of...
  • Good Book Fairy
    My Review: 4 starsTrouble the Water was well-researched and transported me to pre-Civil War Charleston, South Carolina. I’m a sucker for novels where there is a hidden abolitionist among the characters. It’s always good to see who people are behind the masks he or she wears in the public.This historical background and research was impressive but often came at a cost as it was dropped into conversations, that didn’t always seem natural. Frei...
  • Maureen Timerman
    Most of this book takes place in the 1840’s in Charleston South Carolina and we meet slavery head on, but there are so many other stories going on here, a bit of romance, unrequited love, jealousy, abuse, and more.The author has given us a man who has suffered greatly from the hate of others, and we find him rebounding back to life, and then it seems to be snatched away from him. There is also a young woman who is sent to live from England to a...
  • Heather
    There’s promise in this book, but it badly needs a better editor. The two storylines have only marginal cross over. The author totally abandons the story of Clover, a slave escaping on the Underground Railroad, for most of the last 1/3 of the book. Then, just as the main storyline is wrapping up in a pleasing fashion, she yanks the rug out from under readers hoping for a romantic reunion scene by abruptly switching gears to a strange epilogue f...
  • Jenea Whittington
    This is a historical romance that takes place about 20 years before he Civil War. When the Abolition movement and the Underground Railroad were a part of life for some. Douglas Elling had taken a stand against slavery, but it cost him more than he ever imagined. The loss of wife and daughter made him cold and distant, but his fight did go away.Abigail Milton has recently been sent to stay with the friend of the family, she’s only 17, impression...