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Celebrated actress Lavinia Hargraves performs her most challenging role offstage. Although born in 1872 to Daniel Taylor, a white man and wealthy landowner in Southern California, Lavinia's mother, Lori, is a Negro and former slave. Lavinia, who appears white, is desperate to hide her Negro ancestry as well as pursue her dream of becoming the world's greatest actress. After eloping with the much older Vernon Hargraves, owner of New York's premier theater company, Lavinia is provided with all she could ever want: a new life as white, stardom on the stage, and an abundant supply of money. Soon Lavinia's seduction by a young and handsome actor sets in motion a devastating turn of events. Dashing millionaire contractor Andrew Standish comes into Lavinia's life at a time when she needs him most. However, the secret of Lori's existence could demolish her daughter's carefully constructed facade. To what lengths will Andrew go to uncover Lavinia's past?

©2013 Maria McKenzie (P)2017 Tantor

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WOW....I CRY BULL$&@!

THAT LAVINIA IS AN AWEFUL RETCH. THIS BOOK ANGERED ME SOOOO MUCH AND THE ENDING WAS DISAPPOINTING. IT APPEARS THE ARTHURS FOCUS ON LAVINIAS DECEIT TRULY CONTROLLED THE STORY AND MADE IT HARD TO FINISH. WHY WOULD A BAD CHARACTER HAVE SOOOO MUCH SUCCESS. I FEEL SHE OVER DID IT WITH THAT CHARACTER SO MUCH THAT AS A BLACK WOMAN I FEEL ASHAMED. THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL ANY PERSON OF COLOR WOULD BE ABLE TO PASS FOR SO LONG WITH SO MUCH EVIDENCE OF THE TRUTH. I LIKED THE STORY BUT I CRY BULL%$&$! I WISH SHE WOULD HAVE FOCUSED ON THE GOOD STUFF MORE. THE PASSION AND LOVE SCENES. THE SPIRITUAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, THE KINDNESS AND GOODNESS. LaAVINIAS ASS aND HER EVIL IS AN OVERKILL IN THIS STORY. SO MUCH SO THAT I DONT WANT TO GO TO THE NEXT BOOK TO SEE HER DAUGHTER BE JUST LIKE HER. I THOUGHT THEY WOUKD FOCUS ON ANDREW AND OLIVIAS NEW LIFE. To TAKE THE BITTER TASTE AWAY, BUT INSTEAD IT ENDS WITH MORE OF LAVINIAS SHIT. THIS BOOK IS REALLY SHAMEFUL. BLACK READERS BEWARE THIS BOOK WILL PISS YOU OFF! I’m kinda disappointed! Just too much and I can’t say enough THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL!