November 8, 2023

One Blood

"Deeply private like most Black people." ~ pg. 277

Three women are forever tied together by blood, love and family secrets. Grace is barely a teenager when she loses her Maw Maw in post-segregation Virginia. She is shipped up North to live with her Aunt Hattie. Her Aunt firmly left behind her southern roots for the Black socially ambitious world. Grace is a fish out of water and ends up pregnant by the son of a grand dame.

Lolo has it all: a doting husband, beautiful children and a lovely home. She will lie through her teeth to obtain and keep it. Then her daughter Rae finds out she is adopted. About to become a mother herself, Rae faces a powerful reckoning.

Generational trauma is real. One Blood is a classic story of the cliché: hurt people hurt people. It is raw, detailed and a powerful tale spanning from The Great Migration to civil unrest of 1960s to women's equality in the 2000s. I recommend for readers that like family drama, generational tales and novels written about us, for us, by us.

Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: One Blood
Author: Denene Millner
Published: September 2023
Pages: 425
Edition: Galley
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤

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