Ms. Adams’ book is wonderful. You know the old saying, “When it rains—it pours”? Well, little Billie (named after Baltimore singer Billie Holiday) has had her share of ups and downs, and most of her downs were brought on by unsavory adults as well as by an emotionally unavailable mother (not taking either her new husband or Billie’s side) and an absent father. The story takes place between 1948 and 1966 between Baltimore and South Carolina.
I can’t leave out Grandma Gertie in South Carolina who had a special bond with her granddaughter, Billie, to the point of always knowing when Billie was in trouble in Baltimore. Ms. Adams did her due diligence in researching Baltimore City, Maryland, locales and history for her fiction novel. And, if you have lived in Baltimore, the locales in her book will hopefully dredge up pleasant memories for you. It brought back many memories for me.
Her book is fast-paced and thrilling because there are mysteries going on during the novel that make for a lot of suspense. Issues confronted are child molestation and revenge for same (the word “honeymoon” and its special meaning, age-old dilemma of who can a child tell), female child made into a numbers runner, the danger of payback, and whether love is even in Billie’s future.
Copyright 2013 Stella Adams, Plenary Publishing, Charleston. Look for her new book, Beneficial Life, just published in 2018 by Stargo LLC.
Written by Rosa L. Griffin