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The Sweetest Hallelujah [Kindle Edition]

Elaine Hussey
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Betty Jewel Hughes was once the hottest black jazz singer in Memphis. But when she finds herself pregnant and alone, she gives up her dream of being a star to raise her beautiful daughter, Billie, in Shakerag, Mississippi.

Now, ten years later, in 1955, Betty Jewel is dying of cancer and looking for someone to care for Billie when she’s gone. With no one she can count on, Betty Jewel does the unthinkable: she takes out a want ad seeking a loving mother for her daughter.

Meanwhile, on the other side of town, recently widowed Cassie Malone is an outspoken housewife insulated by her wealth and privileged white society. Working part-time at a newspaper, she is drawn to Betty Jewel through her mysterious ad. With racial tension in the South brewing, the women forge a bond as deep as it is forbidden. But neither woman could have imagined the gifts they would find in each other, and in the sweet young girl they both love with all their hearts.

Deeply moving and richly evocative, The Sweetest Hallelujah is a remarkable tale about finding hope in a time of turmoil, and about the transcendent and transformative power of friendship.



Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3440 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EIE30VK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read in a long time 22 Sept. 2013
Format:Paperback
Bought this while on holiday and thoroughly enjoyed it. No sex, no romance but thoroughly satisfying. The characters are all believable and well drawn - I could not put it down.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, great, great 29 Nov. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Set in late 50's America when blacks still didn't have equal rights. Good story, very griping, could be a true story. If you liked The Help, you'll like this!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars unusual and challenging story 12 Jan. 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Not an easy book to get into at the start, but well worth persevering with. The story line soon develops into a gripping exposition of friendship under extraordinary circumstances and the consequences of taking responsibility. The characters are well crafted and the reader is an invisible spectator to the the ultimate triumph of love over hate and racism. Difficult to put down, the reader's own views are then challenged by the study questions at the end. The Sweetest HallelujahHighly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 1 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is special book. The story could be so sad but the author cleverly shows how friendship, love compassion, forgiveness bridges everything , healing wounds and bringing new life and hope. A wonderful start to 2014
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story 17 May 2014
By macca
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Got this book as reviewer said if you like The Help you will like this. Well I love The Help and I loved this. Its a sad story about a black woman dying of cancer and needing someone to look after her daughter. But its not depressing, the women in the story are strong, intelligent likeable characters. You will cry, laugh and most importantly want to turn over every page to find out how it will all turn out.
A brilliant page-turner of a book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice little read 6 Dec. 2013
By Gery
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I enjoyed this book. The characters are believable and likeable. I found myself caring about what happened to them as the story unfolded.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sweetest Hallelujah 29 Jan. 2014
By Molly S
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this book! It's a wonderful story and very well written. It made me laugh out loud and cry tears of sadness.

I could not put it down until I had read the last page.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming 22 Mar. 2014
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I really enjoyed this book and found it difficult to put down. The author clearly had a good understanding of how a child's mind worked, and I really felt I knew Billie personally. I highly recommend.
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