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Secrets of Heavenly

(Heavenly Plantation #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  855 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Olivia's marriage to an African-American man was unacceptable to her mother Emma, Southern-bred descendant of prominent South Carolina slaveholders. Olivia assumed that bigotry was the product of her mother's loyalty to long-dead relatives, an allegiance to maintain the family's white blood line. After Emma's death though, Olivia finds a letter and an old journal among her ...more
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published January 20th 2013 by Writing Out Loud Publishing
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Teresa Robison If you've seen movies like, "Twelve Years a Slave" or any documentaries about slavery, then you will find nothing any worse here. I just watched…moreIf you've seen movies like, "Twelve Years a Slave" or any documentaries about slavery, then you will find nothing any worse here. I just watched "Django" because I am so interested in the time period, but it was SO bloody. Quentin Tarantino. "Heavenly" is nothing like that!(less)

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Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a lover of historical fiction and in particular black history, I was excited to find this book. The storyline was good and touched on many of the horrific consequences of slavery such as families torn, and innocent child like relationships, growing into the typical adult slave/master relationship. There was some pretty good character development in certain key characters, such as Laz and Lilith. I could only give the story three stars though, on account of the very loose association between t ...more
Peggy E. Bachman
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Emotionally gripping story.

Loved, hated and pitied the characters. Can't wait to read book 2. Loved the family history point of view. Well written.
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rated

This is a chronicle of Willa, a young slave, as she is traded from one plantation to another, her rise to service in the Big House, her unjust fall from grace, forbidden love between slave and master, and finally her escape to freedom. We are granted, through the author's skillful storytelling, accurate glimpses of the abuses and brutalities of slavery, as well as the decencies that also existed in plantation life.

The Secrets of Heavenly is a wonderful read for lovers of
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to add this book to one of my favorites. It is peppered with a lot of "that doesn't sound believable" events for that era (1800's) but the fiction mixed with historical facts makes it an outstanding read. Just when you think you know what's about to happen (typical plot) the author provides a twist that will leave you wanting more. The journey of a slave girl that is mixed with love, friendship, family, and dreams....its not your typical race for freedom book. Excellent book!!
Diane Haderly
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I have read!! Paying close attention to the prologue and epilogue really gives this book an emotional historical element. A high level description...about two white plantation children that grow up in close contact with "a black slave." I would hope this gets the attention of the film makers.
Susanne Laurie
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing

It is a important store of our history. How some people feel that they are above others. And then there are people who understand societies and have courage to live there own lives.
Sep 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A different story line then usual. A little unbelievable at times; but then so was the horrendous treatment of slaves. This kept me reading, but left me with questions.
Michelle  Davis
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a young African-American woman, I am sometimes caught between opinions when it deals with reliving the past that my ancestors endured. It in equal parts horrifies and fascinates me to learn more and glean information through the eyes of the characters that I invariably encounter when reading one of my favorite genres, historical fiction. I picked this book to read because I grew nostalgic to read something that would transport me to the antebellum south and while this can be considered a vast ...more
Jodie Toohey
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Secrets of Heavenly tells the story of main character, Willa, as a slave until almost a decade prior to the civil war, through hers and other characters' points of view. The story takes place from 1842 to 1852 and hints to the impending end of slavery as newer generations blur the lines between master and friend and slowly turn against it. I imagine this is how abolitionism in the south might have evolved.

The story is good and seems to realistically depict slavery, as much as I can imagine o
C. Coleman
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story about life on an Old Southern plantation from both black and white perspective is very good. There are twists and turns to keep the story fresh. It's an easy read and the action is well paced to keep one wanting to read more. The only drawback is the girls' relationship is a bit too sweet.
I do recommend it for a good read about the Old South.
Pierce Moore
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I liked everything about this. Look for more by this wonderful author. Historical fiction is my favorite reading?.. Keep them co ing!
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good read. This is book 1, is there a book 2?
Cassie Richardson
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great read

I enjoyed this book. The characters were well developed with the naivity of marianne coupled with the family secrets. Loved it
Linda L. Morrison
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent read!!

If you're looking for an heart breaking emotional novel about the Southern way of plantations and the unforgettable outrageous way of slavery before the civil war began, this is the book for you. Teresa Robison has a sure fire winner in her first book. This reader hopes it won't be her last, and will be looking for a sequel.
Elizabeth A Sholar
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good read and family saga

If you enjoy family sagas set in our country's history this is a good easy read with interesting characters you will come to know as if it were your own story.
Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
Forbidden love, lust, violence and murder are all strong elements in this exceptional African-American slavery novel.

The book starts in the present day. Olivia's late mother never accepted her daughter's black husband. Why? Rummaging in her mother's wardrobe, Olivia finds the answer and an old journal written in the middle of the 19th century by a family ancestor, a white girl named Marianne. Reading this journal, Olivia is taken back in time, discovering shocking secrets that were kept hidden b
Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good first novel. I think the complex storyline, character development, and unpredictable plots definitely added to my interest and enthusiasm. I wanted so much to give more stars but I had two major issues with the novel. 1) the author often told the reader to much in regards to the characters feelings and mindset. I often think that an author should allow the reader to slowly understand how a character is feeling or to allow the reader to draw their own conclusion which leads ...more
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant. The author draws you into the lives of slaves and "privileged" alike, showing the good, the bad, and the ugly.
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Remarkable tale

Such a well written story. A believable story that the characters come to life before your eyes. It's a novel so well written that you are able to feel what the people feel, see what they see, rejoice in their triumphs and mourn in their grief. Some unsavoury characters, a few that are so naive they make you want to shake them. A story from the 1800's when times were so different from our times of today. The times today which remain full of unsavoury characters and class distincti
Anna Cazale
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An amazing look at a horrific time.

Rarely a novel brings me to tears as this one did. Willa's character will remain with me indefinitely. She suffered greatly but yet persevered. Although the characters were fictional the time in history wasn't. I would like to think that if this was written further that there would have had a happy ending but I am not that foolish. This novel makes you think and feel

Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Catherine Marie
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to find out one of my personal friends was a published author and therefore had to read her book. I'm not that big on historical fiction, Abut Terri did an amazing job! The narration kept me fully engaged. She didn't litter the novel with historical inaccuracies either. (The big reason I dot do historical fiction.) I can't wait for the sequel!
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully tragic

Beautiful story with great characters. Being Southern, I am drawn to these stories which show the beauty and ugly of the time period. It was hard to put this book down.
Patricia Brock
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read!

Well written and moving. You really feel for the characters and the hardships that they faced. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

Britney Turner
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'll never forget this book

Reading this book, I felt sad, angry, hopeful, happy, love, excited, and anxious. I somehow connected with many of the characters and felt everything they felt. This is one book I encourage everyone to read!!!
Cassie C
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book!

Loved, loved, loved this novel and how the author fully developed each of the characters. Wonderfully done! Hoping there is another book in the works to continue the story.
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very powerful educational historical novel in the 1800's in the south in North America about slavery, slave masters, plantation homes, children's manners, and lives of the families. Also some secrets that the families had. A well written book. A good read.
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
One of those books I'm sorry I read.
Ray Cerrone
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-gave-up
I found the concept of slavery's described in this book to be very disturbing. The book is well written and engaging, but I found that the subject matter was so upsetting that I closed the book and moved on.

I borrowed this title from the Kindle readers library.
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: around-the-year
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