What I’m Reading: Under the Tulip Tree

I was on Hoopla and downloaded a few audiobooks hoping I’d find a really good one.  I’ve had good books lately, but I’m looking for an AMAZING book…you know the ones that stick with you for a long time.

One of the books I selected was Under the Tulip Tree by Michelle Shocklee.

The book has a Christian Fiction element.  I don’t mind that as long as it doesn’t get too preachy.  This one was perfect.  I truly loved the book and am thrilled to be recommending to all of you.  It’s a good story that deals with racism and enlightment around it.  It is set just as the Great Depression takes hold of the country.  I love reading about that time in history.

Here is what Amazon had to say:
Sixteen-year-old Lorena Leland’s dreams of a rich and fulfilling life as a writer are dashed when the stock market crashes in 1929. Seven years into the Great Depression, Rena’s banker father has retreated into the bottle, her sister is married to a lazy charlatan and gambler, and Rena is an unemployed newspaper reporter. Eager for any writing job, Rena accepts a position interviewing former slaves for the Federal Writers’ Project. There, she meets Frankie Washington, a 101-year-old woman whose honest yet tragic past captivates Rena.

As Frankie recounts her life as a slave, Rena is horrified to learn of all the older woman has endured―especially because Rena’s ancestors owned slaves. While Frankie’s story challenges Rena’s preconceptions about slavery, it also connects the two women whose lives are otherwise separated by age, race, and circumstances. But will this bond of respect, admiration, and friendship be broken by a revelation neither woman sees coming?

Amazon readers gave the book 4.5 stars.

You can find the book HERE on Amazon if you are interested.

2 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: Under the Tulip Tree

  1. elizabeth

    Have you read any of the seven sisters series really great by lucinda riley eagley awaiting the final book in the series. They are modern but with a great look at history in seven different countries around the world.

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  2. Joann Hyde

    Hi Jo, this sounds like a good book, will have to check it out. If you have not read or listened to The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek I highly recommend it. It is about the library women in Appalachia and the family’s she goes to see. It kept my interest and it sounds like a book you may like. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your quilts. Hope your Thanksgiving was good under these times.

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