Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Sedahlia by Cynthia D. Toliver November 30, 2015

Filed under: Book Reviews,Monday Musings — Melissa Finnegan @ 8:55 pm
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ABOUT THE BOOK (459 pages): After fleeing post-Civil War Georgia, John Masters, Sr., his wife Virginia Masters, and their rebellious servant Jessie Lindsey have built new lives in Texas ranch country. Now their offspring, Johnny Masters and Rachel Lindsey, are in love. On the isolated, sprawling Sedahlia ranch, their youthful dalliances are largely overlooked until Rachel becomes pregnant, forcing Rachel to leave Texas for a freedman’s school in Georgia. From the insulated Sedahlia ranch to the Jim Crow south, the rails both separate and unite – parting lovers, reuniting family, pushing out the old, bringing in the new. It is in these settings that the Masters and Lindseys live and love, and their personal needs and mores collide. The repercussions rumble through this family and the surrounding community, tearing them asunder and bringing them together as only love and tragedy will.


I am a 1980 graduate of Rice University and a native Texan. I have enjoyed a varied career as a chemical engineer, environmental consultant, educator and author.

Writing is something I’ve always done. I love the creative process, from beginning to end. As a writer I become invested in the characters and their stories. If I’ve crafted them well, my readers will do the same.

I also host a Christian blog, Back to Eden at

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My thoughts:

Wow. I not even sure what to say. This book is amazing. The story was unlike anything I have read in a very long time. It is a thick book, no doubt about it, but it is book that pulls you into the life of this family and won’t let go.

The trials faced by the characters in this book was heartbreaking and the scary part is these types of activities probably actually took place to someone simply because of the color of their skin.

I kept waiting for things to get better for the characters in this book and honestly  it looked like it might not ever get better. But there is hope in the end.

Now, as much as I loved this book I do need to caution readers, there is a lot of intimate moments in this book both pre-marital and marital. It isn’t overly graphic but it will paint a very vivid picture of what is going on and it happens several times. If things are easily awoken in you this might be a book to avoid. But if that doesn’t bother you and won’t lead you down a path you shouldn’t go then you should be fine.

Also, there isn’t an overflow spiritual stuff going on. I wish there was a bit more but there are some characters that have faith and try to bring that into other characters lives who are seeking and lost.

For me this book was amazing and I loved being brought into the lives of these characters.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million,  or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 


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