PETUNIA 1949 BY LEAH BREWER
About the Author
Petunia 1949 is a powerful historical fiction story that is written by Leah Brewer. This is my first exposure to this author. I was not prepared for the journey that this book took me on. You can feel the emotions coming off the pages.
Petunia does not come from anything. Her daddy is never around and when he is he seems to target Petunia. They are dirt poor in Arkansas. Petunia and her friend Opal have each other backs. One day Petunia is noticed by Verlon. She can’t believe her luck when she finds out that he wants to marry her.
She and her new husband move to Chicago where she begins to live. Her husband treats her like a queen and spoils her. Her family isn’t supportive of her and berate her for her new lifestyle. She gets pregnant quickly and her husband decides to enlist in the military. She finds comfort in her in-laws.
She finds herself back in home in Arkansas after a tragic turn of events. The town still doesn’t think she’s worth anything. She finds herself caught up in the racial tension along with her childhood friend Opal.
My heart broke for Petunia. She was never good enough it seems for her parents. Her father puts her down every chance she gets. The author writes in real situations filled with emotion. This was an amazing book.
Thank you to the author, publisher and HFVBT for allowing me to read a copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.