The Daughter of Union County by Francine Thomas Howard

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Fourteen years after the end of slavery, Lord Henry Hardin and his wife, Lady Bertha, enjoy an entitled life in Union County, Arkansas. Until he faces a devastating reality: Bertha is unable to bear children. If Henry doesn’t produce an heir, the American branch of his family name will die out. So Henry, desperate to preserve his aristocratic family lineage, does the unthinkable.

When Salome, a former slave and Henry’s mistress, gives birth to a white-skinned, blue-eyed daughter, Henry orders a reluctant Lady Bertha to claim the child as their own…allowing young Margaret to pass into the white world of privilege.

As Margaret grows older, unaware of her true parentage, devastating circumstances threaten to shroud her in pain and shame…but then, ultimately, in revelation. Despite rumors about Margaret’s true identity, Salome is determined to transform her daughter’s bitter past into her secure future while Henry goes to extraordinary lengths to protect his legacy. Spanning decades and generations, marked by tragedy and redemption, this unforgettable saga illuminates a family’s fight for their name, for survival, and for true freedom.

 

About Francine Thomas Howard

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Francine Thomas Howard is the author of Page from a Tennessee Journal and Paris Noire. Exploring the multicultural legacy of African-descended people throughout the diaspora, her stories reflect her own African, European, and Native American heritage. Originally from Illinois, Howard earned a BA in occupational therapy from San José State and an MPA from the University of San Francisco. She left a rewarding career in pediatric occupational therapy to pursue another love, writing. Desiring to preserve the remarkable oral histories of her family tree, she began writing down those stories with little thought to publication. That all changed when she turned a family secret about her grandmother and grandfathers into Page from a Tennessee Journal. Howard submitted the novel to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and now publishes with Lake Union Publishing.
 
Published August 1, 2016 by Lake Union Publishing. 433 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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