|About the Book|
Listen to me, he continued. Our color aint always liked by white folks, but I can tell ya this, it aint the color of the skin that counts, its the color of the heart.Laugh, cry, and sing with a beautiful, biracial girl who earns her way fromMoreListen to me, he continued. Our color aint always liked by white folks, but I can tell ya this, it aint the color of the skin that counts, its the color of the heart.Laugh, cry, and sing with a beautiful, biracial girl who earns her way from the backwoods of North Carolina to the White House. On her own and impoverished, Rose Adams, age fourteen, is directed to Virginias infamous Healing Springs Hotel by Henry Reynolds, a black depot porter. There, she works and lives among Americas elite.Joe Carrington, a white, wealthy guest--and a married man--becomes captivated by Roses beauty. He pursues her in unsavory ways and entices her to be his mistress. At Christmas, he leaves Rose, pregnant and alone. Desperately guilt-ridden, she turns to Christian friends who show her the way to God.Senator Timothy Martin, infatuated with Roses culinary expertise, recommends her to the White House kitchen. Her life there entwines with United States history--World War I, Spanish influenza, the Red Scare of 1919, and the Womans Suffrage movement. When the nation celebrates its independence, Rose sings for its veterans- when people grieve for their President, Rose grieves too. Through all of it, her life exemplifies that of Jesus Christ.For almost a decade, our heroine is in love with a man she cannot have. Wooed by prospective suitors seeking to win her affection, she patiently waits for the desire of her heart. Will God give Rose the one she loves, or must she love again? Only time will tell.