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The Representative's Revolt: A Home to Milford College novel Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B019YN8BS6
- Publisher : Liliaceae Press (December 28, 2015)
- Publication date : December 28, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2153 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 194 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #609,864 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I haven't read many (any?) stories about the Reconstruction period in the South, from a Black POV. That in itself is worth the price of admission here; it's a story we don't often hear, and it's told well. Virgil has to handle many difficult emotional issues - the disintegration of the advances made by Black men in government, the aftereffects of being enslaved, and an attack that has left him partially paralyzed and feeling less of a man.
Amanda has her own dream, of building Milford College into a place where Black men and women can come for education for their new lives. She must balance the needs of the college with being a mother, and dealing with a somewhat testy husband.
Both partners must also fit their desires and conflicts within the framework of their Christian faith.
My only quibble with this excellent book is a minor one - it's told in alternating third person POV, and I would have liked a scene break or asterisks when going from Virgil's POV to Amanda's. That left me confused a few times.
Although it's set in an historical time period, and well-researched judging by the author's notes in the back of the book, it feels very relatable to men and women juggling similar issues today. Highly recommend.
The opening chapters of this novel are heartbreaking-- an attempt on Virgil's life, a loss of livelihood and his stalwart self assurance and independence. It becomes Amanda's responsibility to get her husband home where he can heal, rebuild his strength and his confidence.
Back in Milford, the College is in need of funds and though Virgil initially forbids her-- "I never vowed to obey you"-- he finally allows her to go on a fundraising tour. While there, Amanda is offered a helping hand from a man she is loathe to accept help from. A marital tug of war ensues about what Amanda's 'job' and where her priorities should lie... with her husband or her dream?
There are a couple of really compelling underlying stories that the reader will enjoy as well as the main story of Virgil literally getting back on his feet comes full circle. This book is a page turner, with the crescendo and conclusion quite satisfying.
Once again, Huguley has poured her entire being into masterful historical fiction and romance, words that paint our history and bring to light the struggles of those that went before us. The times were surely hard... but the love was surely strong.
Suffice to say, Milford College is an educational institution that is being forged through a time in the history of America in great turmoil. Slavery just ended less than a decade ago. The characters are all thrown into new situations. The supporting characters really show this. March, their daughter is growing up in the eve and dawn of slavery's end. There's a scene in the book where Virgil is irritated by March singing the Negro spirituals I love but for him, they bring back bad memories. Mandy on the other hand, never heard of them because she didn't grow up south.
Virgil's distrust of white men and of the Milfords especially stays with him. Although a preacher, he's still bound by the flesh. Mandy has to deal with being an educated black woman who has the burden of education for a new generation to grow. When Virgil gets shot at the beginning of the book, he fights to survive because there's so much to be done. Their story is rife with love, tensions, and outside forces. Making difficult decisions while having to try to keep hearth and home together.
Toward the end, it gets a little sad and tore my heart some but then it ends with the idea of not letting the past affect our future progress. All in all, a wonderful mix of romance and African American history