Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Sweetest Hallelujah


By Elaine Hussey

This novel takes place in Shakerag, Mississippi during the 1950s. Betty Jewel, once a popular black jazz singer, is now is a single woman raising her young daughter Billie. They live with the very colourful Queen, Betty’s mother.  

Dying of cancer, Betty decides she needs to make arrangements for Billie’s future. She places an ad in the local newspaper seeking someone to raise her daughter. Billie, a very precocious little girl, discovers her mother is sick and dying.  On her own mission, she sets out to find her father.

Drawn to the unique newspaper ad is Cassie, a widow who works at the paper. She knows there is much more to this than meets the eye. A deep bond forms between this white woman and this special family of black women, even as racial tension is growing.  As their friendship grows they are changed forever, finding  that family can be about more than blood. 

This novel draws you in from the very beginning. It holds you to each page, moving you easily along. The life lessons in this special story will make you laugh and cry.

12 comments:

  1. Seems to be an awesome book:)

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  2. Sounds like a book I would love to read.

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  3. I almost read this the other day but I went for Naphilim, demons, and werewolves instead...my bad!

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  4. I plan to read this one soon and am so glad you enjoyed it!

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  5. That sounds like an amazing book. I need to check this one out, for sure!

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  6. It sounds like a great novel that I would enjoy reading.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  7. This sounds very, very good, Annie. I love the premise, and I know from what you've written that the interactions have to make for a very interesting read. Thank you for the recommendation!

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  8. This sounds like another book to add to my growing list of "must reads". Great review and thank you for sharing it.

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  9. Sounds like a good read. I'll have to look into getting a copy of that book.

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  10. This one is already on my list! Thanks for the review!

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