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The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton–#Review–4.5 stars

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Don’t Miss This Unforgettable Memoir–The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton–Coming 3/27/18!

The Sun Does Shine is an unforgettable, haunting story of a terrible injustice that was done to a black man from Alabama, Ray Hinton. In 1985 Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sentenced to die by execution. Ray spent nearly thirty years on death row before the state of Alabama admitted that they had made a mistake, and set him free. Although evidence and a polygraph test had proven Ray to be innocent of the crime, that he was accused of, he sat on death row for thirty years, anyway.

This memoir is heartbreaking and brought me to tears several times. When Ray Hinton decided to stop hating the people who put him on death row, his life and those around him began to change. Ray adopted his inmates as his new family and brought inspiration, laughter, and faith to everyone on his cell block. Even the guards couldn’t help but like Ray Hinton.

Although this story was difficult to read because of the terrible injustice, done to an innocent man, it’s a powerful novel; moving and unforgettable. This story will stay with me for a very long time.

Thank you St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Author’s page on Amazon)
Anthony Ray Hinton is a Community Educator for the Equal Justice Initiative, and was falsely accused of committing two murders outside of Birmingham, Alabama, in 1985. He was wrongly convicted and spent nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death row before he was exonerated and freed in April 2015. A deeply compelling speaker, he has become a powerful advocate against the death penalty and speaks nationally about the urgent need for criminal justice reform.



Mary Poser by Angel A.–Book Review

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Mary Poser is a cleverly crafted, delightful, and entertaining read.

Mary was from a strict Baptist home, and according to her mother, it was a sin to fall in love with a Hindu practicing man. The problem was, though, that Mary had fallen for Simha, an Indian film producer from the moment she had met him. Mary was a people pleaser to the extreme, so to keep peace, she knew that she’d have to deny herself the pleasure of Simha’s company. But, Mary couldn’t resist Simha’s charms, and the guilt of being with him almost did her in. Mary didn’t know whether she should choose her family and give up her happiness or choose happiness and give up the peaceful relationship she had with her family.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This novel is well-written with quirky characters, witty dialogue, and funny situations. The book touched on many serious subjects, such as racism, homosexuality, self-harm, self-acceptance, and love. In the end, as Mary discovered, there is only love.

Many thanks to the publisher, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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*The Sugar Planter’s Daughter*by Sharon Maas*5-Shining Stars

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The Sugar Planter’s Daughter is a powerfully written, emotionally charged, character driven novel, that takes place during the early 1900’s in British Guiana.

Winnie Cox, a Sugar Planter’s Daughter, is a kind-hearted and trusting soul, who willingly gives up her upper-class status to marry George Quint, a black man, from a poor neighborhood.

Winnie’s sister, Johanna, chose to continue her privileged life, by marrying a man whom she could easily manipulate and use, to restore her family’s sugar plantation. Johanna didn’t care about having a loveless marriage. However, after she witnessed the joy and love that her sister, Winnie, shared with her husband, and their sons, she had a change of heart. Jealous of her sister, Johanna set out to steal Winnie’s happiness from her.

This book is not only a story about love and betrayal; it’s about life; in all of its glorious joy, devastating hardships and difficult life lessons; and how it’s even possible to derive happiness from agonizing trials. Forgiveness like grief has many layers, and even though, an act of betrayal has been forgiven, betrayal’s poisonous sting can easily be resurrected.

Sharon Maas is not only an outstanding storyteller but a magnificent writer; she transports her readers into the hearts and minds of her characters. I was moved to tears more than once while reading and experiencing their lives, especially the heart-wrenching struggles of Sophie Cox Quint. Each page comes alive with fully developed characters, realistic dialogue and raw emotion.

I highly recommend reading The Sugar Planter’s Daughter, a beautifully written, moving story that touches the soul.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 shining stars~Review by Peg Glover

*The Gilded Years*by Karin Tanabe*5-Stars

The Gilded Years

The Gilded years is a compelling, fictional story based on a true and fascinating African-American woman, Anita Hemmings, who posed as a white student in order to enroll in Vassar, a prestigious women’s college, during the late 1800’s.

Anita Hemmings succeeded in her goal, of blending in with the college crowd, until her senior year when Lottie Taylor, the richest and most popular girl in school became her roommate. Lottie Taylor drew people to herself like a magnet. Anita knew that her days of being invisible were numbered, and that staying vigilant was crucial in order to keep her secret. But life with Lottie was infectious and exciting, that not even Anita could resist stepping into the limelight with her until pieces of Anita’s background were unearthed, and she found herself backpedaling.

The Gilded Years tore at my heart as I walked with Anita through her trials, feeling her guilt, shame, and humiliation. Life can be unfair, and people terribly judgmental. In 1897, Anita Hemmings felt the sting of that cruelty first hand.

Historical fiction is my favorite genre. I love it when a writer can make history come alive; Karin Tanabe is such an author. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Gilded Years and would highly recommend it to lovers of historical fiction. The author’s characters are well-drawn, their dialogue realistic and the story captivating.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars ~Review by Peg Glover