Journey of a Cotton Blossom by J. C. Villegas
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Born amid the bigotry of the Deep South, mixed-race Joseph is a slave in all but name. Separated from his mother at birth, he yearns to run away from his loveless home and find her. It’s a journey that will take him from plantation to plantation and hardship to hardship, yielding joy, sorrow, and love along the way.
Years later, Joseph’s son, Isaiah, faces his own journey: coming to terms with his homosexuality. But society is still slow to accept change, and Isaiah fears rejection from even those closest to his heart.
From 1940s Mississippi to the civil rights era of the ’60s and the push for LGBT equality, Journey of a Cotton Blossom follows three generations of a family fighting for liberation. J. C. Villegas paints an eye-opening story that will inspire readers to open their hearts to love. Though her characters face different types of discrimination, they all draw strength from love and from their faith in God. Can Joseph find the mother he has never met? Can Isaiah survive injustice and adversity? And can they each learn to love themselves in the face of a world that challenges their right to exist?
What an awesome and inspiring story!! A story of hope. A story of perseverance in the face of bigotry and ignorance. Two generations of fighting for equality. It is a romance, but it is also a drama. Life is both and this is the story of many lives. Fantastic strong characters and clear concise writing kept me turning the pages.
As an independent reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock, I give this one the full five hearts. I rejoiced in their happiness and cried with their pain.