The Color of My Heart - eBook
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Vendor: Ambassador International
Publication Date: 2012
Living in the foothills of North Carolina, Laura Carter has it all: a nice home, wonderful adoptive parents, two lovely teenage daughters, and a to-die-for handsome husband. As they celebrate freedom on the Fourth of July, she's certain that nothing could ever shatter her perfect American life: Or could it? An unexpected letter from her great-grandmother brings Laura face-to-face with her birth family. At their first, shocking meeting, she receives a stack of diaries that trace a heartbreaking voyage from Africa to Jekyll Island, Georgia, via a slave ship. Thanks to the missionary who lived with her ancestors in Africa and taught them how to speak and write English, Laura holds in her hands a gripping record of their lives. Could the realities of her mixed-race heritage destroy her family? Laura tries to live honorably, but her husband resists, and daughter Lakin has her own secrets. Lurking in the shadows is a small group called the brethren. The brethren's dirty deeds are meant to preserve the purity of race in a South that still wears old patches of hate. Will they succeed in chopping down Laura's family tree, or will the newest branches have a better chance at peace and acceptance in a more open-minded South?
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Its About Time MamawCleveland, TexasAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Color of My HeartJanuary 5, 2013Its About Time MamawCleveland, TexasAge: 55-65Gender: femaleLaura Carter had a happily ever after life with a handsome husband and two beautiful teenage daughters. She had the wonderful adoptive parent's that raised her as their own and with a strong belief in God. She knew nothing about her birth mother.
One day her fairy tale started falling apart when she received a letter from her birth family stating her birth mother was not well and needed Laura to come to her home. Her visit with her birth family revealed her roots were from Africa beginning with an educated African woman her small daughter that were kidnapped, shipped to America in the hull of a ship then sold into slavery.
At first Laura did not want to believe her mother and great-grandmother but the proof was in a set of journals written by women of color, all no doubt her ancestors. Out of concern for her the health and well being of her birth mother and one hundred year old great-grandmother she insists on staying with them as their caretaker. Even her daughters wanted to stay some to help and to learn more about their grandmother and great-grandmother.
This was news her husband did not want to accept. It made him sick that the blood running through the veins of his wife and children was tainted blood. Ever since he was a young boy he had been raised with an iron fist by his father and was forced to join a white supremacy group called the brethren. He did not approve of the groups tactics but feared his father's anger if he did not go along with their madness. Her husband feared what the brethren were capable of , especially his father, if they found out about his wife's roots and tainted blood.
Laura knew nothing of her husband's dark secrets but suspect something evil brewing. The relationship with Laura and her birth family flourished, but the relationship with her husband was becoming more like a nightmare than a fairy tale. Laura puts her faith and trust in God for the healing of her family.
Would his father really harm Laura and the children? What horrors await?
When it comes to Laura's father-in-law and the brethren I can't help but remember the expression, "O, what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive." written by Sir Walter Scott.
The author has written about how the color of ones skin can create a variety of opinions and feeling within our culture. Add the element of the women ancestors journals was major plus in this story. It lets the reader see the hardships and heartfelt feelings of these women without actually seeing a color. You will see them as men, women and children with the very same hearts and minds being punished because of the color of their skin, no other reason.
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female, for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Galatians 3:28-29
I received a free copy of this book from Ambassador-Emerald International for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
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