An Unconditional Freedom, Alyssa Cole 
An Unconditional Freedom: An Epic Love Story of the Civil War
Book
Drama
Historical
Romance
Book
Drama
Historical
Romance
No rape or sexual assault
Rape or sexual assault mentioned in passing (in discussion and/or implied)
Sexual harassment (e.g. verbal or non-consensual touching/grabbing)
Sexual relationship between adult and teenager
Child sexual abuse
Incest
Attempted rape
Rape strongly implied/details surrounding a rape discussed in detail (i.e. the events before/after)
Detailed/vivid description of rape

Description

This book takes place during the United States Civil War. The couple in the book consists of a Black American man and a dark-skinned biracial Cuban woman. The male protagonist saves a slave girl from being raped by the slave owner. The female protagonist was born from a union between a slaveholder and a slave woman. The protagonist's mother somehow persuaded the slaveholder to free her, marry her, and treat her and her daughter as equal members of the family. There is a suggestion that he may have fathered another child with a different slave woman because the protagonist notices a slave girl who resembles her. The female protagonist's home gets taken over by soldiers who flirt with, attempt to touch, and otherwise harass her and her sisters. At the start of the book, she has a white sweetheart whom she believes she loves, but it becomes clear to her that he is using her, and she describes their sexual encounters as him "taking his pleasure" from her. There are instances where he initiates sex with her when she is visibly upset. Finally, she mentions that people often think that she is her father's mistress. A side character relates how his wife was raped by a slave owner. Two male characters openly contemplate "sharing" the female protagonist, assuming that she does not understand their language, which she secretly does. A group of Confederate soldiers threaten to rape the women present in a group of traveling slaves, but they are stopped.

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