by Nea Ana Simone
Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 1583143173
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Readincolor Reviewers
In Reaching Back, debut novelist Nea Anna Simone introduces us to Mignon Samuels. Samuels finally gets the courage to escape her marriage to her 'not so prince charming' husband, and enlists the aid of her stepfather Richard Warner to help her.
Thinking that it is finally time to explain to Mignon of her life, Richard hands her a leather journal. "Your mother has asked me to give this to you, " he tells her. "She thought now was a good a time as any to read up on your family history."
As Mignon settles back and flips through the pages of the journal, she is taken back through history of her great-great grandparents, The Devereauxs of a small Louisiana town named for the largest plantation and landowners, cousins Robert and William.
Every time a child is conceived by one of the Devereaux clan, there is great fear the child will 'reach back' into their slave ancestry and tell their heavily guarded secret. Even the children too dark to pass for White, marry someone with light skin in hopes of being accepted by society. They too will learn that everything what might look good to you is not good for you. How many lives will be ruined by this family's web of lies and deceit?
Simone weaves a horrid tale of slavery, rape, incest, family betrayal and much drama. Reaching Back was a very enjoyable novel. The plot, twists and turns will have you reaching and turning the pages to find out what lies ahead for the characters. I highly recommend this novel and I look forward to reading what else Ms. Simone has in store for us.
Vanessa A. Johnson