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The Girl at the Back of the Bus

By: Suzette D. Harrison
Narrated by: Jordan Frazier & Sirena Riley
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For listeners of The Help, Orphan Train, and Before We Were Yours comes a heartbreaking and inspirational novel about redemption, family secrets, and the spirit of survival found at the hardest time.

Montgomery, Alabama, 1955

On a cold December evening, Mattie Banks packs a suitcase and leaves her family home. Sixteen years old and pregnant, she has already made the mistake that will ruin her life and disgrace her widowed mother. Boarding the 2857 bus, she sits with her case on her lap, hoping that the driver will take her away from disaster. Instead, Mattie witnesses an act of bravery by a woman named Rosa Parks that changes everything. But as Mattie strives to turn her life around, the dangers that first led her to run are never far away. Forging a new life in a harsh world at constant risk of exposure, Mattie will need to fight to keep her baby safe.

Atlanta, Georgia, present day

Ashlee Turner is going home. Her relationship in ruins, her career held back by prejudice, she is returning to the family who have always been her rock. But Ashlee’s home is not the safe haven she remembers. Her beloved grandmother is dying and is determined to share her story before she leaves....

When Ashlee finds a stack of yellowing letters hidden in her nana’s closet, she can’t help the curiosity that compels her to read, and she uncovers an old secret that could wreak havoc on her already grieving family. As she tries to make sense of what she has learned, Ashlee faces a devastating choice: to protect her loved ones from the revelations or honor her grandmother’s wishes and follow the path to the truth, no matter where it may lead.

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It didn’t take me long to find out who was who, by the time I got to the end of this book it was totally satisfying… A must read…

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Loved it

Beauiful love story and history lesson. Multi layered , it kept me listening !

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Beautiful!!!

I absolutely loved this story. For the most part I stayed engaged and didn’t want to stop listening. One of the narrators (Sirena Riley) was a little annoying. So much so that I skipped over a lot of her narration. Her voice and her tone did not fit with the emotions of the character that she was portraying. While narrating, she sounded as though she was always happy, and always smiling even when her character “Ashley” was sad, hurt, or angry. She had the same annoying sound of “happiness” throughout the whole entire novel. Overall, she is a good narrator. I just did not like her for this particular role. I would have enjoyed the novel more had she been she been replaced with someone else. The other narrator Jordan Frazier portrayed the emotions of her character exceptionally well which made her part of the story much more enjoyable. Her voice and tone were perfect for her role. The story still deserves 5 stars. I can’t wait to listen to more from Suzette D. Harrison.

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Repeat

another recount of black history past and present; of how we can make the most out of a situation regardless of what’s stacked against us daily. Nice, hard read.

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Historic teachings and Love

This is a great story of life in the Civil Rights era as well as love
Everlasting. The narrators are great it will be worth the credit. I loved it ♥️♥️

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Awesome!!!!

This book was very good. I enjoyed how the story was told and the narrators were great!

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great book.

It was a great plot. It was touching and moving. It was also tearful and happy.

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Excellent

A must read! Looking through the eyes of love determination and willingness to go the extra steps for family!

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