Book Review The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck.
Easy to read, engaging story and irresistible characters, I really loved this story of race and the meaning of family.
Based in Florida in 1976, a time when racism still ruled in the south, though often hidden away and unspoken. It was still there and Ora Lee Beckworth, a recently widowed white woman lives her life working against it and shaming those who practice it.
Ora hires a homeless black man to do yard work for her. The neighborhood children call him The Pee-can man. Ora sees something in this lonely man and knows she can help him. Even Ora’s housekeeper Blanche, a black woman, questions Ora’s decision to hire the Pecan Man.
The lives of these people are forever changed when the unthinkable happens to Blanche’s youngest daughter Grace. Justice will not be served however, when this crime is known to have been carried out by the sheriff’s son – a white boy.
But when the Sherriff’s son turns up dead and The Pecan Man is arrested for murder, the test of wills begins. Who will tell the whole truth? Who will sacrifice themselves for those they love? And who will believe, even in 1976, that a black man could be innocent?
A beautiful and haunting story of sorrow and loss, love and discrimination, regret and friendship. And the true meaning of family.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Five stars for The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck
Read last week’s review of Where the Crawdads Sing