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The Color of the Soul (The Penbrook Diaries, Book 1) [Paperback]

By Tracey Bateman (Author)
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A Pandora's box opens when reporter Andy Carmichael, too light-skinned to be "black" and too dark-skinned to be "white," goes to Georgia to interview an icon of southern literature. The mysterious Miss Penbrook gives Andy journals that reveal a surprising twist. Will Andy discover the secrets that link their lives before it's too late? 352 pages, softcover from Barbour.

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Studio: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.8" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2005
Publisher   Barbour Publishing Company
ISBN  1593104448  
ISBN13  9781593104443  

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Tracey Batemanis an award-winning author of more than thirty books including Thirsty. She lives in Missouri with her husband and four children.


Tracey Bateman currently resides in the state of Missouri.

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If Only We Were All Colorblind  Dec 4, 2007
Andy Carmichael is a reporter from the North who travels down to Georgia to write an article on the story of a dying woman. Miss Pembrook tells him to read a set of diaries which she says chronicles the story of her life. What the reader discovers next is a life of race relations, where color of the skin seems to be the only thing that matters. However for Andy and Miss Pembrook, it is what is inside that truly matters as shocking secrets of heritage and ancestry are discovered.

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.
excellent  Jan 23, 2007

1948 Georgia is not exactly a welcoming place if your skin is the wrong color, but invited by a dying old woman to write her biography, Andy returns to the home of his youth just the same. Over a hundred years old, Miss Penbrook has seen the worst part of Georgia's history. A young woman during the last days of slavery, she survived the chaos of the Civil War and the long rebuilding of the South. This is the story she tells with a little help from three diaries written by three very different women.
"The Color of the Soul" is a split storyline jumping back and forth in time over the span of one hundred years. As the clock rolls back, Andy learns about Camilla and Catherina both least on the outside. However, a drop of Negro blood has destined Cat to slavery. Will her secret be revealed, or might she pass her illegitimate son off as a wealthy plantation owner?
Camilla, filled with hatred toward the white slave girl that her mother holds as dear as her own flesh and blood, sees no other recourse than to end all possibilities for Cat's happiness thus furthering her own.
Jumping forward to 1948, Andy sorts through these women's past in an attempt to write the biography that will win him a name. In the process, his own shameful past is unburied.
His wife in Chicago doubts his fidelity and with good reason. The KKK is breathing down his neck, and God pounds incessantly on his heart's door begging admittance.
In this intense historical novel, Bateman unashamedly unearths the most disgraceful segments of America's past--its slavery, and later, its bigotry toward blacks. Unafraid to write how it was, her characters are both extreme and impassioned, either in their racism, or their hatred of it. She has also not ignored those caught in the middle who were "too black to be white and too white to be black."
Not having been slack in her research, Bateman has produced a work expertly written. Each character leaps off the page, straight into the reader's heart leaving an impression that will not be soon forgotten.
Her dual storyline divided by such a broad span of time is such a creative and unique approach to the Christian novel that the reader cannot help but pull an all-nighter.
Society has set its standards, yet Bateman accurately challenges them burrowing under the skin of the matter and revealing the true qualifier--the color of the soul.
Highly recommend.
Awesome Page Turner  Sep 26, 2006
This book had me hooked on the first page. I could not put it down and finished it a day -which is a major feat for someone who normally takes weeks to read a book. Actually it was an easy feat for me because the book was so exciting with interesting characters and storylines. Bateman's historical insight into the plight of blacks and some whites between 1848 and 1948 was deep and not sugarcoated. The love stories, not only the romantic ones, but the love between parents and children, siblings, and mankind were poignant. This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
The Color of the Soul  Sep 26, 2006
This was a great book! I found that even though this was written over a span of one hundred years, I never had a problem wondering what year I was in. This book had me right from the start. You have to really get the characters in your mind to figure out how everyone fits together at the end.

I really enjoyed the history written about in this book. It makes you rethink just what the black people went through over the years.

If you are looking for a book that has a lot of turns, mysteries galore, and many interesting people--read this one, it is worth your time.

Wanda writes other type books (especially Amish) that I have enjoyed, but I think she did even a better job on this book. Some of her Amish books contain mysteries too.
Captivating  Aug 6, 2006
I bought this book because it was in the best seller section. This book is wonderful. I read the book in one day. It usually takes me weeks to read a book. Once I get to the climax I'll finish the book. But this book grabbed me on the first page. I had to find out what happened before I went to sleep!

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