Fascinating historical fiction

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This book describes a little known raid conducted by the Union Army and a well known woman during the Civil War. Harriet Tubman, also known as Moses, worked with the Union during the war to free as many slaves as possible. This book recounts the amazing raid up the Combahee River deep in Confederate territory in order to free more than 750 slaves at one time. The book also details Harriet's personal life and struggles that led to her becoming one of the most important women in American history. This book is based on her life and her efforts during the Civil War, with most events portrayed actually factual, but also with some fictional events and people added into the narrative.
Overall, I enjoyed this book very much. Harriet Tubman has fascinated me since I was a little girl, and I jumped at the chance to read this book. The narrative was well done, descriptive, and realistic, and Harriet was very easy to empathize with. The depiction of the raid at the end gave me actual chills and made me shed a few tears. One thing I didn't care for was the invented affair Harriet had in the book with a fellow worker. I can understand the need to add people and details to a historical fiction narrative, but it especially bothers me when major events are invented, whether or not they actually happened (especially when they are of an immoral or questionable nature). That being said, I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley's Bookish First program. A positive review was not required, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.