Son of a Preacherman  -     By: Marlene Banks
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Lift Every Voice / 2012 / Paperback

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In 1920s Oklahoma, the handsome pastor's son is determined to marry Benny, the daughter of a rich oil family---but she's not the least bit interested. As racial tensions in Tulsa intensify, Billy Ray and Benny are caught in the chaos. How will their lives---and the community---be changed by deadly acts of hatred? 315 pages, softcover from Lift Every Voice.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 315
Vendor: Lift Every Voice
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0802406181
ISBN-13: 9780802406187
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Publisher's Description

A historical romance novel set in the 1920s in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Son of a Preacherman depicts the highly segregated life of African Americans in the Greenwood District, in Northern Tulsa and the tensions leading up to the Tulsa Race Riots.

Billy Ray Matthias is the handsome younger son of the church's new pastor. Benny is the daughter of an oil rich family. Billy Ray is convinced that Benny is the woman God would have him settle down with. Benny, on the other hand, recently had her heart broken. She is not the least bit interested in getting involved anytime soon. As Billy's pursuit of Benny intensifies, so does the political and social climate in the prosperous African American neighborhood known as the Greenwood District..  

Racial tensions in Tulsa escalate when Dick Rowland, a black man, is accused by a local newspaper of raping Sarah Page, a white woman, on an elevator. Benny's brother Ethan and a radical white attorney by the name of Maynard Vaughn  despite continuous threats put their weight and energy behind helping Dick. Meanwhile, the White Glove Society, a racist group seeks to destroy not only Dick but all the African Americans in this successful black owned community. As tensions come to a head and violence breaks out, Billy and Benny are caught up in the heat of chaos. He vows to keep her safe but will Benny let him? And will faith in God be enough to sustain the people of the community as their lives are being changed forever by deadly acts of hatred?

Author Bio

MARLENE BANKS resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Along with being a prolific writer she has an associate degree in Theology from Rhema Bible Institute in Keysville, VA and is currently studying to initiate a Christian counseling ministry. Marlene is a member of Bethel Deliverance International Church in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. Her work resume includes thirty plus years in nursing and over eight years in business as a coordinator and administrative assistant. She considers her writing a means of evangelizing and relating Christian principles through fiction. It is also Marlene's goal to bridge the gap between faith-based and secular literature.

Publisher's Weekly

Racial and romantic tensions come together in this historical romance based in Tulsa, Okla., in the 1920s from Banks (Ruth’s Redemption). The handsome and valiant Billy Ray Matthias moves to Tulsa with his brother, Napoleon, and quickly becomes enamored of Benjamina “Benny” Freeman, a teacher with a complicated past. The weighty history of the town, the relationships between African-Americans and Cherokees, the Trail of Tears and Prohibition—among other things—are blended skillfully with some of the more tawdry inclinations of some of Banks’s characters. The narrative drags when the town’s resentful white residents are introduced and they plot to incriminate successful black business owners like Billy Ray and the Freemans, but the spirited characters, their steadfast faith, and their will to survive even a deadly race riot carries the story to a satisfying end. (June)2012 Reed Business Information

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 20, 2012
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A must read ,very real for that time in the world. But also shows how strong willed people are.
  2. Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Historical Oklahoma
    June 13, 2012
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This story takes place in Tulsa OK, and is based on historical fact. It takes place in Greenwood, an oil rich area, mostly inhabited by people of African American decent. They were despised by some White people, because of their jealousy and racial hatred. From what I understand about this 1921 point in history was kind of swept under the rug.

    The main characters in the book are the Freeman family, who own an oil rich ranch in Greenwood. Their Son Cord runs the operation and has [according to his family] made a poor choice of a wife. Their other son Ethan, is a well respected lawyer, and their sister Benny is trying to find her way. She was very much in love with an older man, when the unthinkable happened.

    The other family is Reverend Matthias, his wife and son's...Dr Napoleon, and Billy Ray.

    When Billy Ray and Benny meet...sparks fly, but they have a lot of strife and tribulation to over come, if they are ever going to get together.

    Another good page turner by Marlene Banks, I really enjoyed her Ruth's Redemption.

    I received this book from Tywebbin Virtual Tours, and Moody Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review
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