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, Adult 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Holly
    This book totally blew away my expectations for what I thought this book was going to be like, it truly is a great read! As the story begins with Abigail making the journey from England to Charleston, SC; you can't help but to wonder why is she been sent to live with someone she doesn't even know. Then when she does arrive in Charleston, meeting Douglas didn't exactly go as planned and you know then that he is hiding something that becomes more e...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lacy
    I LOVED this book. The heroine, Abby Milton, is a young woman in a tough situation. When she is forced to live off the charity of Douglas Elling, a wealthy Englishman living in Charleston, she is wary and dismayed by her situation. As the story unfolds, she learns that Douglas is an entirely different kind of man than she originally thought. The plotting and character development were very strong. I was transported to Charleston in the years befo...
  • 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 ...
  • Kim
    A young English woman lands on Charleston’s docks after a three month sea journey looking for the benefactor who had offered a year of protection. When she finds herself alone for hours waiting for her escort she is determined to find her way to the offices of this benefactor. and comes upon a scene that is troubling and unexplained. Douglas Elling, owner of Elling Exports and a large inherited estate is to be Abigail Milton’s guardian for a ...
  • Gina
    I won an ARC of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Set in Charleston 20 years before the civil war Trouble the Water is a historical romance that explores many issues of the time - class, slavery and abolitionism as well as high society social drama. All the characters were charming, even the antagonist, and the underground railroad portrayal was vivid. It is clear Friedland did extensive research and her descriptions do a good job of transp...
  • Mary Robinson
    With thanks to the author, Jacqueline Friedland, the publisher, Spark Press, and for the advanced reader copy."Trouble the Water" is an enjoyable historical fiction novel set in Charleston, SC in the 1840s. Abby is a young British girl sent to live with a dear friend of her fathers after her family's fall into debt. She arrives and finds the widower who is entrusted with her care to be a gruff and irksome man, and the ways of the Am...
  • Gina
    Thanks to Jacqueline Friedland & Caitlin Hamilton Summie for the ARC of "Trouble the Water."This book is a historical/romance fiction novel. I do enjoy reading historical fiction but the middle section of the book went kind of slow for me. Once I got to the last few chapters, I really enjoyed the book. I was puzzled as to why the book had the title but the last page reveals the real reason.If you enjoy reading historical/romance fiction set in th...
  • Brittany
    Trouble the Water takes place in Charleston, SC during the 1840's. It follows Abigail Milton who is sent from England to stay with Douglas Elling - an old friend of her fathers - after their family encounters some hard times. Suffice it to say Abigail's first impression of Douglas is not the best.He is not what she expected and it's obvious from the get-go that he's hiding something. Over time she begins to warm up to him but it isn't until she a...