This is a great read. I started reading the book thinking it was going to be about a mother being taking out of the Jackson mental hospital in Louisiana. She was indeed taken from the hospital and had some major mental problems but the book was about a mother and her daughters in Jackson, Mississippi during the school desegregation.

Jody Luther is a 15 years old. She is in high school, has a job, takes care of her younger sister and deals with her mentally ill mother. If that is not enough it was happening during the civil rights movement in 1970.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for a honest review.

The Chautauqua Belles Tour of Mansion Series I

Review by Linda Morris

In 1885, after her dear Mother Patricia’s death, with both parents gone, Rebecca Galloway leaves her home in Newfane, New York. With a friend’s letter of recommendation, she travels by train to a Victorian Mansion in an elite section of Buffalo, New York in search of employment as a maid in the home of Alyce and Parker Eaton. Sadie, the trusted family cook, gives Rebecca a trial as a house maid, which Mrs. Eaton later approves. Her services are needed to serve that evening’s birthday dinner for Alyce’s younger Brother Marshall Chambers who is visiting with their parents from Rochester. Little does Rebecca know that, later that evening, a cruel twist of fate at the hands of Marshall will forever change her future.

It isn’t long before Sadie realizes that Rebecca is pregnant and gently confronts her. The scared young woman tells her of Marshall’s attack when she delivered the pitchers of the evening’s water to the bedrooms before bedtime. Sadie offers Rebecca support to help her figure out a solution by the time she begins to show and no longer will be allowed to work for the Eatons.

Alyce is livid when she discovers Rebecca’s secret, and she orders her out of her home. Sadie steps in and tells her about Marshall’s attack. Rebecca is allowed to stay overnight while Sadie comes up with arrangements for the young woman to stay with members of her family. By morning, Alyce, who has been unable to conceive, comes up with a plan to allow Rebecca to stay as long as she gives her child up to the Eatons to raise as their own. On the eve of June 19, 1886 Rebecca goes into labor.

Fast forward to 1904 in Madelia, New York. Rebecca Galloway lives in a room with her beautiful daughter Patricia in Anne and George Kaufman’s home-store, where she works as a clerk. Patricia has no idea that she has a twin sister living in Buffalo as the daughter of the Eatons. When her mother finds out that she is dying of cancer, she is forced to reveal the secret of the birth of her twin daughters. Even the Eatons never knew about a twin. They only knew that Rebecca disappeared from their home sometime after Sadie handed them their beautiful daughter, the first of two baby girls born that night.

While Anne and Rebecca have been as close as sisters, leaving Patricia in Anne’s care isn’t possible. Husband George has a roving eye, and Rebecca fears for her daughter’s safety when she is no longer there to protect her. She makes Anne promise to send Patricia to the Eaton’s in Buffalo immediately after her funeral. Will Patricia’s journey to find her twin sister lead to acceptance or rejection when she finally meets her and her parents?

This Christian Historical Fiction, arranged in three parts, weaves the devout Christian Faith of Rebecca, Patricia, and other characters throughout the storyline. Locations include the Hotel Athenaeum at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. This title is part of “The Tour of Mansion Series 1” that includes homes based on actual historical mansions that are open for public tours.

I have always been a fan of Historical Fiction Novels, and this one didn’t disappoint. The characters were interesting, and the plot held my interest such that I finished the 352 page book in two days. This well-written novel incorporates well-researched facts as to historical time periods and locations. This was my first read as part of a three-month free trial of Kindle Unlimited. I definitely will be reading another in the series.

South of Little Rock

This novel by the historian and biographer George Rollie Adams plays out in a small town that lies across the border of two states in the era of the segregationist Arkansas governor, Orval Faubus, and Huey Long’s Louisiana. South of Little Rock describes a moment in time and paints an authentic picture of a place in crisis. The plot develops across two cultures, white and black, that overlap but that, crucially, only partly interlace. The mystery at its center can only clear when these two societies coordinate to sew together disparate sensibilities and scattered pieces of evidence. Readers will note the novel’s crisp prose. They will also find it easy to admire the skill with which Adams renders the cadences of speech and the accents that tug both toward Greater Appalachia and in the direction of the Deep South. All in all, this novel makes for a rewarding read.

The Bernice Library wants this book (in hardback). Unfortunately they do not have the funds to buy a copy. If you would like to donate the book contact Shiloh to Canaan for the address. Thank You.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz


This is a novel based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz. Lale, being able to speak many languages, was given the job of tattooing the numbers on the incoming prisoners, he met Gita when she was in his line to be tattooed and was immediately taken with her.

Being the tattooist at the camp gave Lale much more freedom of movement then most prisoners and he came upon money and jewels from the murdered Jews to get food to keep other prisoners alive.

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing


This is a very special book about a girl named Catherine Danielle Clark (known as Kya) who lived in a shack in the Marsh lands of North Carolina. The story begins in 1952 when at the tender age of six, Kya’s mom walked out of her life, never turning her head back to wave goodbye. As the days passed, her older siblings gradually left as well, leaving Kya alone to deal with her volatile father. Pa would leave the shack for days on end, then suddenly reappear without warning. Eventually, even he left for good. This left fourteen year old Kya to fend for herself. However, this very clever and resourceful girl drew upon memories of watching Mom cook and clean, and navigating the motor boat with her Dad.


White Rose, Black Forest

White Rose, Black Forest



This is a story about an American spy and a Germany nurse who’s paths cross during the WWII.

A German girl who was formerly part of the White Rose movement and disillusioned with the Nazi regime finds an American spy who had parachuted into the country and, unfortunately, had broke both of  his legs. The story is about building trust. They both need each other in order to survive.

The Marshall’s Second Chance

The Marshall's Second Chance


Jenny Carson and Mariner were childhood sweethearts. Mariner moved away but returned as Marshall when the town was having more trouble than the sheriff could handle. Jenny owned the ranch that her father left her when he passed away, and her half brother Earle received stock and money to start his own place . He, however, remained as foreman at the ranch. Jenny’s fiancé disappeared shortly before their wedding and she later found out she was pregnant with Luca, an adorable little boy. There has been trouble in Kendal Crossing and the sheriff couldn’t seem to handle it all so they brought in a Marshall, who turned out to be Mariner. Mariner was ready to come back to his roots. That is the start of the story and from there it was a mystery to find out why all the crime and murders were taking place. Seemed they were after Jenny and Mariner but no one could figure out why.



Sold on a Monday

Sold on a Monday



Ellis Reed is a reporter who takes a photograph of a sign on a porch. It is the during the Great Depression and the family is selling their children. Remembering his own past he has no plans to publish the picture, until it becomes his big break.

Ellis and Lillian, a secretary, team up to help the family.