Dust On the Bible
This moving novel with a fresh perspective takes readers back to 1944 South Carolina where money was scarce and war was brewing. Readers will be captivated by a twelve-year- old farm girl named Lily, who survives tough times with her hard-scrabble family. It is a vivid and emotionally captivaating tale from start to finish.
Few authors have explored the lives of a people who suffered so miserably at the hands of their fellow man. Kedzie takes the reader back to a time we will never have a chance to witness ourselves, thank God. This story exposes the heart of antebellum slavery without falling into the standard traps of unrequited love or historical intervention. We get to know the characters through their dialogue and relationships. Short chapters make reading before going to bed a delight.
Stanard has the remarkable ability to immerse the reader in the unstable times of the antebellum South. The frantic pace of the story gives a palpable sense of urgency to Kedzie’s predicament, all while speeding toward its eventual resolution … A stellar, heart-wrenching chronicle of human bondage. —Kirkus Reviews
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Master of Westfall Plantation
Master of Westfall Plantation, the second of Bonnie Stanard’s trilogy, holds up to the first novel’s high scores. This is the story of Tilmon Goodwyn and his effort to maintain absolute power over slaves who have the wiles to thwart his will. The characters are believable and their antebellum dialogue (all well researched) add authentic richness to the story. MASTER moves along at the same time frame as Kedzie, so you see the story from all angles and perspectives. Twists are added here that further complicate the plot.
A masterful account of the cruelty inherent in the institution that sparked the bloodiest war of our nation’s history. Gone With the Wind this is not.
Sonny, Cold Slave Cradle
Another triumph of the storyteller’s art, rich with character and incident. While the earlier books tell essentially the same story from opposing points of view, SONNY only obliquely refers to the events related in those books. SONNY has many of the joys and triumphs as the earlier two books—electrifying scenes, sentences propelled by active verbs, and dialogue so acute and colorful that it leaps off the page. To the long list of unforgettable characters Stanard has created, it adds the unhappy, spiteful, cunning, and alarming Anner and the cautious, hooded Puddin.
Westfall, Slave to King Cotton
After three novels that ingeniously interrelate, sharing the same basic set of circumstances even while telling radically different stories, Westfall moves forward in time to recount the outcome of all the narrative threads previously encountered. The result is a tapestry of vivid richness, density, and formidable design.
What Missing Means
The Reinharts are fiercely private people who hold a great deal inside, who don’t talk much about their troubles, and who—though living in a farm and relying on others—come to depend on themselves most of all. Though they are a tight-knit clan and look out for one another, not all is paradise on the farm. There are subterranean angers and resentments, missed opportunities and large regrets, submission to the will of the group. This novel dramatizes the hidden sorrows, problems, and desires of the family members in subtle and complex ways, without pointing them out or putting undue emphasis on them.