It is Summer in the Greenwood District in 1920s Tulsa, Oklahoma. Small businesses in African American neighborhoods are doing quite well. Segregation policies aren’t strong enough to run out the developments of the Greenwood district.
Benjamina “Benny” Freeman and her family are a part of the developing businesses in Tulsa. While they own a wealthy ranch, Benny helps her mother run a dress shop in Greenwood.
Billy Ray Matthias, the son of the new pastor in Tulsa, eventually meets Benny and is convinced Benny is the woman God planned for him. While Billy Ray carries on his work at the local pharmacy with his brother, he wants to maintain a friendship with Benny—and hopefully more. However, Benny is emotionally unavailable. No matter her past or current struggles, Billy Ray continues to hold a place in his heart for her.
Meanwhile, the eruption of racial tensions in Tulsa is getting stronger. In the end, when Billy Ray and Benny are caught in the dangers of the chaos in their hometown, Billy Ray vows to keep her safe. But will she let him? And will she have enough faith to trust and to allow him into her heart?
I must say this is a great book I’ve read for this year. Son of a Preacherman is based on the infamous Tulsa Race Riot in the 1920s. I enjoyed getting to know the characters. The dialogue is excellent, which provided plenty of tension to keep me turning the pages. It all got to the point. There were many scenes I didn’t expect, yet I liked it all. This is actually my first book by this author and I look forward to reading more. As always, feel free to leave any comments.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Moody Publishers.
About the author: Marlene Banks resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has an associate degree in theology from Rhema Bible Institute in Keysville, VA. Her previous work was in the medical fields and the business world; however, she considers it her goal to bridge the gap between faith-based and secular literature. To learn more about the author, click here.