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Book: Thorns Of The Roses - A Family's March to Freedom by Alfred James Phillips

Book: Thorns Of The Roses - A Family's March to Freedom by Alfred James Phillips

categories: Book, Historical Fiction, Biracial, Seperate-But-Equal, Montgomery Bus Boycott, Selma March, Heartwarming Family Story, Prejudice, Gandy Dancers, Adoption, Civil Rights, Endearing Characters, Racial Segregation


Alfred James Phillips

Author Alfred James Phillipsabout this book: 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 entertaining novel, "Thorns Of The Roses".

Alfred James Phillips lived in Montgomery, Alabama during the 1950s and '60s and witnessed the results of segregation as blacks struggled to gain their civil rights. "Thorns Of The Roses", is the story of a white family and their adopted negro child who live in the segregated south during that time. It is the chronicle of one family's struggle against the consequences of bigotry and prejudice.

Many stories have been written about those events but Phillips wanted to tell a new story, a story seldom told. A tale about white families that were saddened by those times of distrust and hate. "Thorns Of The Roses", is that story. 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 very troubled time in America's past. And he believes that maybe ... It's a story that can help heal a 'troubled time' in America's present.

The story asks, "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? And, after years of relative tranquility, can the mixed-race Miller family survive the experience of a traumatic wake-up call, as racial tensions begin to build across the south?

Experience the love, laughter, terror and tears when the family moves from North Carolina to Montgomery, Alabama and attempts to adapt to a 'separate-but-equal' society. Join the boy, Tommy John Miller and the Miller's maid, Hannah as they inadvertently share the Montgomery bus ride with Rosa Parks. And be there when Tommy John, now a young man, and his godfather and others are driven back as they attempt to cross the edmund pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama. But most of all, share the joy of the finish when Eunice Miller's pregnancy brings forth new life and Tommy John leads Eunice's prejudiced and alcoholic mother to redemption and reunion with the Miller family.

Experience the drama, suspense and humor of this wondrous and exciting wholesome family story which honors the triumph of the human spirit. "Thorns Of The Roses", truely is a heartwarming adventure of love and faith that will make your heart sing.

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