Title: Journey of a Cotton Blossom
Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: September 15, 2016
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 the world that challenges their right to exist?
This is a historical fiction. Some parts you would think are facts and others you can tell is a work of fiction. This book spans from the 40s until the 90s. Racism is alive and well in the deep south of Mississippi.
There are different aspects of this book where the characters are faced with different aspects of our lives today we take for granted. This book talks about slaves, race, and homosexuality.
I was sucked into this book from page 1. I wanted to see how it ended and was rooting for Joseph and his son Isaiah all along the way.
I did not like how the book ended. It seemed to of just ended abruptly and I was left with questions unanswered. Overall though I did enjoy this book and recommend it for anyone that is a historical fiction fan.
I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% my own.