A historical romance novel set in the 1920s in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Son of a Preacherman depicts the highly segregated life of African Americans in the Greenwood District, in Northern Tulsa and the tensions leading up to the Tulsa Race Riots.
Billy Ray Matthias is the handsome younger son of the church’s new pastor.Benny is the daughter of the oil rich Freeman family.Billy Ray is convinced that Benny is the woman God would have him settle down with. Benny, on the other hand, recently had her heart broken. She is not the least bit interested in getting involved anytime soon. As Billy’s pursuit of Benny intensifies, so does the political and social climate in the prosperous African American neighborhood known as the Greenwood District.
Racial tensions in Tulsa escalate when Dick Rowland, a black man, is accused by a local newspaper of raping Sarah Page, a white woman, on an elevator.Ethan Freeman (Benny’s brother) and Maynard Vaughn (a radical white attorney and Ethan’s mentor) despite continuous threats put their weight and energy behind helping Dick. While the White Glove Society, a racist group seeks to destroy not only Dick but all the African Americans in this successful black owned community.
As tensions come to a head and violence breaks out, Billy and Benny are caught up in the heat of chaos.He vows to keep her safe but will Benny let him?
Will faith in God be enough to sustain the people of the community as their lives are changed forever by deadly acts of hatred?
About the Author
MARLENE BANKS resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to being a prolific writer she has an associate degree in Theology from Rhema Bible Institute in Keysville, Virginia and is currently pursuing studies to initiate a Christian counseling ministry. Marlene is a member of Bethel Deliverance International Church in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. Her work resume includes forty years in nursing and business.
A divine gift of storytelling with her unique voice and love of Christ creates engaging and inspirational novels. She considers her fiction writing an avenue to communicate the Gospel and Christian principles. It is also Marlene’s goal to bridge the gap between faith-based and secular literature. SON OF A PREACHERMAN is her second release.
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Love can be found in some of the strangest places and this is true in Son of a Preacherman by Marlene Banks. Benny Freeman has been hurt in the past and has given up on ever finding true love. Billy Ray Matthias has tried to live up to his family’s standards seeming he is the son of a preacherman. After moving to Oklahoma with his family, Billy Ray meets Benny and knows that she is his soul mate. Billy Ray just has to convince Benny they are meant to be together.
When Billy Ray’s past comes to visit and threatens everything he is working toward, Billy Ray must act fast or lose his soul mate forever. When Benny finds out a person from Billy Ray’s past has come a calling, Benny must decide if he is worth the trouble. This couple has to deal with racial tension, mental disease, and family secrets while staying true to themselves.
Son of A Preacherman is about a young couple trying to fulfill God’s wish for their union. It is about family, truth, and overcoming trying times. The author does a wonderful job providing readers with authentic characters and an enriching storyline. I’m not a fan of historical fiction but found myself wrapped into the story, the characters dialogue, and behaviors. This book had me intrigued but also frustrated at times when ignorance was present. The twists and turns in this book will have readers wanting to continue turning the pages. I recommend this book to those you like historical storylines.
This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.