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Publication Date: May 1, 2023

Genre: Historical Fiction



Spitfire, Petunia Hollings was born in 1935 in the deep South. She spends her childhood working the cotton fields and longing for her daddy to love her as he does her siblings.

Spending time with her best friend Opal is one distraction Petunia looks forward to. Opal’s skin color was never a problem. Or so Petunia thought.

After young love sweeps Petunia to a new life in Chicago, she learns to accept love as it’s offered instead of expecting more than one can give.

When circumstances force her to return home, her friendship with Opal helps Petunia’s fractured heart start to heal.

Then a new, even more dangerous threat surfaces. Will Petunia find the strength to overcome the hatred surrounding her?


About the Author

Leah Brewer is a multi-genre author who writes clean novels. Even though she was the youngest of six and the only girl, she had a lot of time on her hands. She was born to her parents in a small town in Central Arkansas later in life. Growing up, you could find Leah playing make-believe near the White River or as she waded through water deep in the woods.

Leah is a Writers Ink of Northeast Arkansas member and is currently working on her third installment in her Seeds of Faith series.

Before she started writing, you could find Leah behind a computer working her telecommunications job that she’s had for over twenty-five years.

Leah spends her spare time with her husband, Mark, their grown children, and her brand-new granddaughter, Charlotte.

You can find Leah at or

My Thoughts 

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. 

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, May 1
Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, May 2
Review at Tammy Reads

Wednesday, May 3
Review & Excerpt at Connie’s History Classroom

Wednesday, May 10
Review at Older & Smarter

Thursday, May 11
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews

Friday, May 12
Review at Novels Alive
Review at Girl Who Reads
Review at Reading is My Remedy


Enter to win a copy of Petunia 1949 by Leah Brewer + $25 Amazon Gift Card!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on May 12th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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