I truly enjoyed this saga of the three generations in this family. Cora, Emma and Parris were all strong women in their era of time. In this novel, the reader learns of the saga of 3 generations of women who dream of getting out of the small town of Rudell, Mississippi and realizing their dreams in the Big City.
Cora has a beautiful voice and wants to get to the city to sing. After the untimely death of her parents, Cora finally is able to realize her dreams. She leaves behind the love of her life and goes to Chicago. Only Cora finds that making her dreams a reality is at best difficult. She returns to Rudell, disillusioned and broken.
Emma, Cora's daughter has never been happy in Rudell. At the first opportunity, she flees and goes to New York. Everything seems to be going her way until she marries and has a baby. A midnight visit to Rudell makes things okay.
Parris, Emma's daughter inherits her grandmother's voice and her desire to sing in the Big City. With her grandparents blessings she moves to New York, meets Nick and begins to sing in his nightclub and the sparks fly. Parris has the means and the opportunity to do what the others could not.
The sad thing about their stories were that their lives were all sheltered from truths. Cora was not aware of the ways of the world because of her mother, Emma was not aware of what unconditional love felt like because of her mother, and Parris didn't know why she felt incomplete in her life's trials because of her mother. The one great thing about their stories is that they all met and loved strong men. The ending was very touching and very good. I couldn't put this book down and finished it in one setting. The romance in this novel was warming and just right, the drama was perfect and characters were totally developed. Donna Hill's writing in this story was well done, a reader could just picture the scenes, the action and the scenery. But, I will say this is not a book to be missed.