Fourteen years after the end of slavery, Lord Henry Hardin and his wife, Lady Bertha, enjoy an entitled life in Union County, Arkansas. Until he faces a devastating reality: Bertha is unable to bear children. If Henry doesn't produce an heir, the American branch of his family name will die out. So Henry, desperate to preserve his aristocratic family lineage, does the unthinkable.
When Salome, Henry's colored mistress, gives birth to a white-skinned, blue-eyed daughter, Henry orders a reluctant Lady Bertha to claim the child as their own...allowing young Margaret to pass into the white world of privilege.
As Margaret grows older, unaware of her true parentage, devastating circumstances threaten to shroud her in pain and shame...but then, ultimately, in revelation. Despite rumors about Margaret's true identity, Salome is determined to transform her daughter's bitter past into her secure future while Henry goes to extraordinary lengths to protect his legacy. Spanning decades and generations, marked by tragedy and redemption, this unforgettable saga illuminates a family's fight for their name, for survival, and for true freedom.
©2016 Francine K. Howard (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
The basics of the story were interesting, but the heroine was so insipid that you just wanted to choke her! ( figuratively, of course)
The time jumps were a little jarring. But basically, the narrator was so boring that it made the book boring. I'm curious as to whether or not I would have liked the book better if I had read it in print format. I'm sure I couldn't have liked it any less.
I LOVE audiobooks. Audible is the only way I read my favorite books.
The story was OK, but it wasn't the best. It was oddly paced with weird time jumps. The worst thing about this was the narration. The reader was boring.
Overall, the story was good. I felt at a certain part in the story, it should've ended and the remainder expanded into a new book. None of the characters, except one or two, were likeable. The narrator was awful! She put hesitations within sentences that were incorrect and inappropriate, making the dialogue very choppy. I would even venture to say it should re-recorded using someone who the skill of proper narration..
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