I have decided to post the March LWD Book Club selection a day early in order to help spread out the usual first-of-the-month blog posts. I’ve chosen “Wild, Beautiful, and Free” by Sophfronia Scott for our March book club read.
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Wild, Beautiful, and Free
by Sophfronia Scott
We will be visiting New Orleans in a few weeks so a book with a Louisiana connection feels right. This new release is already highly rated on Amazon so I’m looking forward to a good read.
From award-winning author Sophfronia Scott comes the story of one young woman’s bold journey to reclaim her birthright and carve out her own place in a world that tells her she doesn’t belong.
Born the daughter of an enslaved woman and a Louisiana plantation owner, Jeannette Bébinn is raised alongside her white half sister―until her father suddenly dies. His vindictive wife refuses twelve-year-old Jeannette her inheritance and sells her into slavery.
Now on her own, Jeannette must fight the injustices she faces because of her mixed race. She escapes enslavement and travels from Mississippi to Philadelphia to New York to Ohio, all while searching for purpose, love, and her place in a country torn asunder by the burgeoning Civil War.
Everything seems to fall into place when she meets Christian Robichaud Colchester, the white proprietor of Fortitude Mansion, a safe haven for escaped slaves where Jeannette teaches. But despite their instant connection, Jeannette isn’t convinced she belongs in his circle.
In a world that tells her she doesn’t fit anywhere, Jeannette must decide what’s more important: bending to the expectations of others or embracing her true self.
WHAT ARE YOU READING LATELY?
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That sounds like a very interesting book, Dee. I have a tendency to spend lots of time reading. And while I enjoy it immensely, I often stay up too late or don’t give the people and tasks around me the attention I would like. Similar to how some people are affected by Social Media. So I have decided to read just 1 or maybe 2 books in March, aside from my daily readings which are short excerpts from a few books. My chosen book for this month is West with the Night by Beryl Markham. I’m giving myself a rule of just one chapter each night. I’ll evaluate and see how I feel at the end of the month. The weather is glorious here in the South so I’d rather spend it outdoors gardening or going for nature walks. I don’t think I’d impose this reading cut back in the midst of winter! ❤️
Enjoying your Blog!
Deanna Piercy says
I know what you mean about staying up too late reading. I find it better to read something non-fiction at bedtime as I’m less likely to get over-involved. I’ll have to take a look at your current read.
Sounds like an interesting read.
I’m juggling books I want to read with books I need to read. Finally got caught up on the couple I had in exchange for reviews (which the people had, thankfully, been great about being patient with me about) so this month it’s just whatever I decide to read for various book clubs, the book of the month for the crafter book club I facilitate (this month we’re reading “The Amish Clockmaker” by Mindy Starns Clark) and reading books I decide to read “just because” (like my slow re-read in braille of the Harry Potter books, and my progress with the Borrowers books, which I’m now on the 2nd book of).
Deanna Piercy says
I enjoy books about the Amish. I’ll have to check that one out.
It’s the third in a series. The first is “The Amish Groom” and the second is “The Amish Blacksmith” – both those and “The Amish Clockmaker” are by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan ? (can’t remember her last name). There’s also one that’s by a different author, but is the 4th book in the series despite that, called “The Amish Widdower” who I can’t remember the author name of, but I know they’re listed together as a series on Goodreads, and available to buy on Amazon.
Deanna Piercy says
Thanks for the info!