Published by Bent Pine Publishing on January 14th 2015
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Received form the Author in exchange for an honest review.
The book begins in 1946, when Benjamin Church is returning home to Alabama, after serving in the war. He had dreams of being a pilot but worked as a mechanic instead. While he was serving, his beloved Mother passes away and he returns home to his father and begins to help his father farm the land that they lease in Grinders Corners.
At his father’s insistence he attends a dance where he is captivated by a beautiful young woman in a red dress. He falls in love with Delia and in the beginning of their romance tells her that she is the one he is going to marry.
They marry sooner than planned when Delia becomes pregnant. Thrown out of her family home for disgracing her family, Delia marries Benjamin and moves in with him and his father. The farm is not what she expected, but she makes the best of it and forms relationships with Otis (Benjamin’s father) and those in the community.
Life seems good for them in their community but when they go into other towns they see the signs telling them that they are not wanted or that they need to use a separate entrance. Racism and segregation is real and it affects their lives.
Their life is not always easy. They suffer heartbreak early in their marriage but have a happy life until one night everything changes. It was heartbreaking to see how prejudice and racism marred the handling of the police investigation and no justice was found.
As Benjamin attempts to find a better life for he and his son, he travels north. Hoping for acceptance and a brighter future. Along the way he meets people who show him kindness and give him assistance. But they also experience more ignorance, racism and prejudice.
This book is the 3rd in the Wyattsville series but read as stand alone book for me.
The Author did a great job of bringing the characters to life. I loved how they spoke. Her use of the Southern drawl was fantastic. It is amazing how just the use of language can enhance a story. For me it really helped to bring this book to life.
I teetered between a 3 and 3.5 star rating for this book but finally settled on a 3.5. Although, I enjoyed this book, I find I did not enjoy it as much as the Authors other books.