The Searchers: Daisy’s Search for Freedom Spotlight & Excerpt

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Welcome to the circulating blog tour and giveaway for The Searchers series of middle-grade historical fiction by Bertha Schwartz, hosted by JustRead tours!


daisy's search for freedomTitle: Daisy’s Search for Freedom (Searchers #1)
Author: Bertha Schwartz
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Genre: Middle-Grade Historical Fiction

It’s the 1850s and Daisy, a slave girl from Alabama, is thrilled when her Mama is brought to her plantation to be the new cook. Six Oaks Plantation has been Daisy’s home for years, and the future looks bright now that she and her Mama have been reunited. The happiness doesn’t last, though, when a dangerous encounter with a notorious slave hunter endangers Daisy’s life. She has no choice but to run. Leaving behind everything she has ever known, Daisy strikes out alone on the Underground Railroad.

Daisy’s search for freedom leads her deep into the woods. Along the way she is joined by Simon, a four-year-old boy and his pet kitten. Pursued by dogs, uncertainty, and a slave tracker determined to capture them by any means necessary, Daisy starts to wonder if she will ever be safe again. Does Jesus care about runaway slaves lost in the woods?

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“Mama, I can’t . . . ” began Daisy, urgently.


She was suddenly gathered into Mama’s strong arms. “You must!” Mama whispered. “You’re in danger here. Quickly, now!” Mama tied her apron around Daisy, having folded it to fit.


“What happened to Papa?” asked Daisy, fearfully.


“Hush,” Mama whispered. “Never talk about him.” She hugged Daisy again. “Lord, keep my little girl safe. Lead her home,” she whispered. “Never forget to pray, Daisy. And know that your Mama is praying, too. Now, go quickly and quietly.” Mama gave her a gentle push.


Daisy’s breath caught. She had no choice. Daisy closed the screen door behind her, being careful not to let it slam. She ran on tiptoes across the wooden floor boards of the porch. When she reached the grass, wet with dew, she was tempted to run. In bare feet, she walked swiftly to the orchard.


When she reached the board fence, she turned to look back at Mama. In the moonlight, Daisy saw the silvery sheen of tears streaming down Mama’s face. Mama motioned her to keep going.



Bertha Schwartz is a Swiss Amish transplant to the beautiful farmland of Nappanee, Indiana. She loves spending time with family and friends, including fifty-two nieces and nephews. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, sewing, and reading. Raised near the lovely Swiss city of Berne, Indiana, Swiss is her mother-language. Languages and different dialects are a special interest of hers.

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(1) winner will receive:

  • a set of all 3 books in The Searchers series (US only)

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight January 9, 2019 and lasts through 11:59pm February 4, 2019. Void where prohibited by law. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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4 thoughts on “The Searchers: Daisy’s Search for Freedom Spotlight & Excerpt

  1. I’m very interested in this series! I think it sounds great and I think my daughters would like it. Thanks for the chance to win!


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