Rhythms by Donna Hill
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It all began in 1927, in the small town of Rudell, Mississippi, after the sudden and tragic death of Cora Harvey's parents. She has nothing left except her burning desire to become a singer. But her dream will never come true in Rudell, especially if she marries the man she adores, Dr. David Mackey. So when she sets out for Chicago, everyone in the close knit community, including David believes that the next time they see Cora, her name will be in lights. However, it's not long before Cora finds herself back in Rudell and back in David's arms harboring a secret she dare not reveal. . .A secret that will cause her daughter, Emma to flee Rudell with no intention of ever looking back. And even when Emma finds the perfect man and happiness at last, she is determined to do whatever it takes to keep her family's shameful past at bay. Then the dream that began with Cora comes full circle with her beloved granddaughter Parris whose melodic voice fills the dimly lit nightclubs of New York City. Yet, when tragedy strikes, opening a door to the past, Parris discovers the hidden truths that have ripped the family apart---but which may ultimately bind them together at last.

From the dusty roads of the Delta to the pulsing metropolis of New York City, Rhythms is a rich, unforgettable tale about loss and healing, redemption and love.


About Donna Hill

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Donna Hill is the "Essence" bestselling author of "Divas, Inc., In My Bedroom" and "If I Could." She is a public relations associate for the Queens Borough Public Library and lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her website at www.donnahill.com.
Published August 20, 2001 by St. Martin's Press. 337 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Cora’s overwhelmed by the big city, but she’s soon befriended by good-time girl Margaret, who gets her work bussing tables and, later, cleaning houses.

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Hill sacrifices what might have been a fascinating exploration of Cora's struggles to bring up a mixed-race daughter in a tightly knit black community in favor of fast-forwarding 18 years.

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There’s certainly a lot of intentional craft and intricacy put into the music, which if you do have an understanding of music on that level, that’s obviously something that’s hopefully potentially rewarding about listening to it, but we also try to play with a general melodic and emotional sensib...

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