Book: WHEN THE ROSES BLOOM by Alfred James Phillipscategories: Book, Civil Rights, Adoption, Bus Boycott, Separate-But-Equal Rights, Mixed Race, KKK, Gandy Dancers, Railroad, North Carolina, Out-of-Body, Historical Fiction
Alfred James Phillipsabout this book: Alfred James Phillips lived in Montgomery, Alabama during the 1950s and '60s and he witnessed the results of segregation as blacks struggled to gain their civil rights. Many stories have been written about those events but he wanted to tell a new story, a story seldom told. A tale about whites that were saddened by those times of distress and hate and did their best to treat all God's children the same. He has woven some of his experiences into this fictional saga of faith, hope and love, sharing 'real' history while relating anecdotal stories about a 'troubled time' in America's past.
When "The Roses Bloom" is that story. Could a white family living in the South in the 1940's honor their Negro friends' last request by adopting their child after the parents are killed in a fiery automobile accident? And was this the child that was promised to Eunice Miller or was her out-of-body experience not really a visit to heaven after all, but only a dream? The reader will experience joy and love, laughter and tears, as the family attempts to adapt to a 'separate-but-equal' society. The story is about a family of faith and is infused with the undeniable truths of self-reliance and personal responsibility. It is a story for all ages. It will cause some to laugh and some to cry. It will provide some interesting history for those wanting to learn. And it will bring back memories for others, some good, maybe some not so good. Emotions that he prays will help some to heal their guilt and others to heal their hurt and bitterness.
Reviewed by Marianne Moates Weber, author of "Truman Capote's Southern Years." "Books about history often are dry, fact filled tomes crammed with names, dates and events. While these are important, another way to learn about history is to read a good novel on the subject. Author Alfred James Phillips provides a compelling view of the civil rights movement with a bevy of endearing characters in his novel, "When The Roses Bloom".
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