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The Governor's Sons Paperback – October 25, 2011
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From the Author
Essie Mae Washington Williams's memoir Dear Senator provided the idea for The Governor's Sons. Ms. Williams is the love child of South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond by his family's African American maid. After reading her story, I wondered what would have happened if a southern governor fathered a son by a black woman, and that son grew up to become a civil rights leader.
About the Author
Weaving together history, scandal, romance and suspense, Maria McKenzie is the author of the Amazon bestsellers The Governor's Sons, and books one, two and three of the Unchained Trilogy: Escape, Masquerade and Revelation.
Taking a brief departure from historical fiction, Maria is currently at work on her next release, the comedic mystery/clean romance, From Cad to Cadaver, featuring ex-FBI agent turned detective,Tracy Black, of Black Ops Detective Agency, and her partner, ex-Marine Raider Adam Slade. She's black, he's white, but the situations they stumble into are hardly black and white! Join them in a series of adventures that will keep you laughing!
Maria lives in Cincinnati with her husband and two boys. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, small business owner and author, Maria worked in Georgia and North Carolina as a librarian for several years.
She attended Wittenberg University and received a bachelor's degree in English, and later graduated from Atlanta University with a master's in Library Science.
You can visit Maria at mariamckenziewrites.com or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. She would love to hear from you!
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The story is well written and flows easily. It has likable and believable characters that I enjoyed getting to know. The first part of the story is an awesome story of forbidden love between a couple of different races in the 1930's in the South. I found the story interesting, and familiar at the same time. The character of Ash greatly resembled Senator Strom Thurmond in being a lawyer who was very concerned with his health living in the South and having an affair and a child with an African American woman. Also like Senator Thurmond Ash married a beauty queen and was a segregationist who hid the fact that he'd fathered a child with an African America. Because of some of the similarities the book was predictable in some areas but other things came as total surprises.
I enjoyed the book, but felt the ending was anti-climatic. There was no development of the relationship between Ash and his child and I felt it ended way too soon.I hope the author chooses to write a sequel with these characters. The relationship between a black civil rights leader who is the son of a segregationist would make a compelling story.
Overall this was a good read.
Altogether, the author writes quite well and the book can be a page-turner from beginning to end. However, I got bored with the second half because all of the romance build-up was over.
If I could, I'd give five stars to the first half. I cheered, laughed, nearly cried, hoped...thoroughly enjoyed it. I fast-forwarded through much of the second half because I was still in the mood for romantic reading. The genre just changed abruptly.
The story starts in 1936 with Ash Kroth, a young law student in a nameless Southern state whose ultimate ambition is the governor's mansion. He's smart, white, comes from a well-connected and moneyed family, and is driven to succeed. But he didn't count on falling in love with one of the family's maids - who happens to be black. As the romance develops, so does Ash's character, as he learns what's really important, and what isn't important at all. Then the story takes a somewhat unexpected turn and picks up in 1964.
Ash is now a popular, segregationist governor with three teen children who all present their own challenges. His son Gavin is getting mixed up with the wrong people - racists willing to resort to violence to achieve their ends. To add to the volatile mix of human conflict, Harland Hall, a well-known, black civil rights leader, is coming to town. As this crucible heats up, we see the effects of lies past and present while the characters all try to cope with the fallout.
Although billed as historical romance on Amazon, I would consider this historical fiction or a coming of age story, because the romance is only the first half of the book. One thing I admired about the book was that the characters used historically-accurate dialogue, rather than terminology that would be politically correct today. Despite the offensiveness of these terms, this adds realism to the book and enhances the reader's sense of being there. While gripping and emotional, the relationship doesn't resolve in a way that romance readers typically expect. The book's description is a clue to this, as the second half takes place almost 30 years after the first half. Thus, I wasn't too surprised about the romance, but still found the story and its ending satisfying.
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It was a joy to read, even as I wiped the tears from my eyes.
Horray for Maria Mckenzie.