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Publisher's Summary

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.

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Didn't like the narration

The narration was very stilted and at times I was too distracted by this to enjoy the story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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TERRIBLE Narrator, and ok story

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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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too graphic

narrator was wonderful. at times I thought the sex scenes were needlessly and disturingly graphic.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Narration was worse than the writing.

The narration of this book makes this even more unbearable to get through. The only good thing about "The Daughter of Union County" was that is was free.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Couldn’t finish

So dull.... couldn’t force myself to finish it... don’t waste your credit! Wish I could return it!

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Plodding along

The story was ok but slow and very disjointed. The narrator screwed up a lot and was very monotone.

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Fascinating, riveting story

I truly enjoyed this book. My only criticism is the narrator needs to raise the volume and intensity of her voice when the story calls for it. She always sounded calm even when the characters were shouting or upset.

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Fascinating

I appreciated the incite the author shared and the narrator incorporated in her rendition. Thank you.

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Daughter of Union County

My white heart wept for the shameful ways blacks were treated some 100 200 years ago. It wasn't right, but I got to feel it first hand through the chapters of this book. To those of the past, I'm sorry; but to those now and the future "Be better!"

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On and on and on

I'm from the south and the storyline and characters although interesting were so lack luster and predictable. The performance was reasonable but the voices were hard to distinguish from one another.