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Publisher's Summary

For listeners of The Help, Orphan Train, and Before We Were Yours comes a heartbreaking and inspirational novel about redemption, family secrets, and the spirit of survival found at the hardest time.

Montgomery, Alabama, 1955

On a cold December evening, Mattie Banks packs a suitcase and leaves her family home. Sixteen years old and pregnant, she has already made the mistake that will ruin her life and disgrace her widowed mother. Boarding the 2857 bus, she sits with her case on her lap, hoping that the driver will take her away from disaster. Instead, Mattie witnesses an act of bravery by a woman named Rosa Parks that changes everything. But as Mattie strives to turn her life around, the dangers that first led her to run are never far away. Forging a new life in a harsh world at constant risk of exposure, Mattie will need to fight to keep her baby safe.

Atlanta, Georgia, present day 

Ashlee Turner is going home. Her relationship in ruins, her career held back by prejudice, she is returning to the family who have always been her rock. But Ashlee’s home is not the safe haven she remembers. Her beloved grandmother is dying and is determined to share her story before she leaves....

When Ashlee finds a stack of yellowing letters hidden in her nana’s closet, she can’t help the curiosity that compels her to read, and she uncovers an old secret that could wreak havoc on her already grieving family. As she tries to make sense of what she has learned, Ashlee faces a devastating choice: to protect her loved ones from the revelations or honor her grandmother’s wishes and follow the path to the truth, no matter where it may lead.

©2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd. (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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Memorable

Each character became a visual icon. I saw each one as an individual.
Also, connection to the title, enchanted my thoughts to think how such an iconic experience effected other passengers on the Birmingham bus.

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Great Book

This was a great book about history, love, family, racist, loyal wrapped all in one. Parts of book made laugh and some made me cry. The strength of the women in this book was black girl magic. The book shows you are not your situation.

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I loved this book. I will recommend it to all my advid readers. I look forward to reading book 11.

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Awesome!!!!

This book was very good. I enjoyed how the story was told and the narrators were great!

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Excellent read!!

I loved everything about this book!! Loved especially hearing Nana's story and many times I was sad, mad, overjoyed, teary eyed, so many emotions are in this story. The ending was splendid!! I had a hard time parting with the story!!

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I absolutely loved this story!

Know i want to know my heritage where I came from. loved it! great read

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Loved !

I loved and adored this story! So many emotions, I needed more time with this book! Bravo!

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  • 04-29-21

Brilliant book

I really enjoyed this book. Some hard issues to read, but it was well written and the characters well developed. Loved it.

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  • 04-23-21

Beautiful, inspiring and enlightening

Took me a chapter to get really intrigued but then it had me hooked. The story being told from different decades and beginning to join together had me enthralled. I have to say I didn't want it to end but it was a fitting end which touched me greatly.