The Color of the Soul: The Penbrook Diaries

The Color of the Soul: The Penbrook Diaries

by Tracey V. Bateman


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The Color of the Soul: The Penbrook Diaries by Tracey V. Bateman

Andy Carmichael, a reporter given the chance to cover the story that will make his career, finds more than he bargained for within the pages of Miss Penbrook's diary. The Color of the Soul will keep readers captivated from beginning to end.

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ISBN-13: 9781593104443
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/2005
Pages: 315
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.81(d)

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Bee57 More than 1 year ago
Awesome Book. Kudos to Tracey Bateman.. You will definitely enjoy this book from the beginning till the end. I too agree with the other reviewers that the story will be with you long after you have read it.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
Have you ever read a book that after you finish reading you feel totally drained? That's what happened to me after reading this book. I got so caught up in the characters and in the story that I felt like I was in the book. This was one of the most powerful books that I read this past year. The story just hooks you from the beginning with a mystery that is throughout the book. If you are a fan of happily ever after historical fiction, do not read this book. If you are not prepared to face the reality of racism in this country, you are not the right reader for this book. The characters' stories in this book just break my heart with their plight. I am so glad that I was not born during this era. The prejudice and cruel treatment that was suffered just because of the color of skin sickens me. There would be parts in this book where I wanted to scream with anger because of how the characters were treated. What was worse was that these were people who would claim to be Christians and then turn around and act in ways that disgusted me. But really, this just shows how well the book was written to evoke such a powerful response in me. I do love the time period that this book takes place. The late 1800s to early 1900s is the time period in American history that fascinates me the most. If you read any historical fiction book next year, this book needs to be on your list. It's a story that's unforgettable and needs to be read by all. Thank goodness I have the sequel in my TBR shelf. It's definately on my list to read next year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is superb. I've read other books about African Americans, but this book has an interesting plot that keeps one interested from page one until the very last page. I am anxiously waiting for a sequel. Ms. Bateman is to be highly commended for her storytelling. This is a must read novel of excellent porportion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was well-written-- especially the dialogue--and kept me guessing and surprised to the very last page. The author did an excellent job of weaving between 1948 and the mid-late 1800s, tying the stories of past and present together in a way that pointed to God's redemptive nature. Though this is the first book in a series, it didn't leave the reader hanging at the end (like too many series books do). All the threads of the story were satisfyingly wrapped up, yet I turned the last page eager to revisit the characters and curious about whose story Book 2 will tell.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
The Color of the Soul is an amazing story that packs a powerful punch. Gritty and true-to-life, once you start reading it's impossible to put this book down. The novel have a flavor of Roots by Alex Haley with a twist of the modern pre-civil rights feel of the deep south. A young black man discovers his true heritage as he learns family secrets through reading the Penbrook Diaries. Intricately woven detail, excellent characterization, scandal and intrigue all set this novel apart from most. The author clearly has a gift for writing historical fiction and probing deep issues of the heart. She does an excellent job at making the reader think about all that they hold dear and will have the reader choked up through half the book. The strongest emotion I experienced while reading The Color of the Soul was regret. I wish Cat had made different choices in her life and I totally identified with her plight and the plight of the men who loved her. This story is an excellent portrayal of how people think they know what's best. If only Cat had trusted in God rather than trying to manipulate things herself, she may have had the love she longed for and the life she dreamed of. Unfortunately, by the time she discovered all that she had lost, it was too late. I hated for the story to end and am SO looking forward to the sequel to this novel. :)