Place Called Jubilee by Timothy J. Garrett
Publisher: Rock Yard Books (February 26, 2019)
Category: Historical Fiction, Suspense
Tour dates: March, 2020
Available in Print and ebook, 247 pages
Deception, witchcraft, and the secrets of a long-dead former slave churn the life of ambitious young clergyman Coleman Hightower – even as fear, bombings, and riots rock the nation.
Historical novel A PLACE CALLED JUBILEE tells Coleman’s story as he leaves his mountain home and arrives in Washington D.C. in 1961 as the Civil Rights movement explodes across America. Coleman’s plans for a prestigious life are torn apart by his forbidden longing for beautiful and fiery activist Rosalee.
His search for meaning turns into a desperate journey that takes him and the woman of his dreams all the way to Jubilee, Alabama – a place where intrigue, betrayal, and murder combine to make Coleman wonder if he will win Rosalee’s love or even leave the tiny town alive.
Guest Review by Sol A.
An absolutely powerful story about protest, civil rights, religion, love, ancestry and being true to yourself above all else. This book took me on a journey that I was not expecting, but one that I was very happy to be taken on. When I started reading, I thought this would be a straightforward historical fiction about a time in history that I wasn’t very familiar with. Boy, was I wrong.
This book was magical for me, in more ways than one. I found myself unable to put it down throughout and ended up reading it through very quickly and feeling a sense of sadness when it was over.
Without spoiling too much, the gist of the story involves a white pastor-in-training, Father Coleman, who meets and falls in love with a black woman around the time of the Civil Rights movement in the U.S. Coleman is torn between his love for the woman, Rosalee, his calling as a pastor and his need to stay impartial in his personal politics. The scope of the story travels from Georgia and Washington D.C. all the way to Alabama as Coleman searches for meaning and seeks out how to follow his own personal truth.
The writing in this novel was breathtaking and so well-researched that I became fully immersed in the story with no need for respite. The fullness of Garrett’s writing was both intimate in its look at the human mind and global in its usage of the American south. At times I forgot that I was reading a book and actually thought that I was watching a movie because the atmosphere was so riveting. I recommend this one very highly to anyone who is interested in well-written historical fiction.
Praise for A Place Called Jubilee
Notable Indie #1 in the Shelf Unbound Magazine 2019 Best Indie Book Awards.
“A very dark time in our history. Not my usual type of read but could not put it down when I got started. Felt like I was right there in the story. Great read.”-Janice, Goodreads
“Highly Recommend. Loved this book. I feel I really got to know the characters. Waiting for a sequel.”-LM, Amazon
“I couldn’t put this book down. I love historical fiction and suspense. This book gave me both. The characters were well developed, the vocabulary was challenging and the descriptive language drew me in.”-CH, Amazon
About the Author
Award winning author, Timothy J. Garrett lives with his wife Cynthia in his native northeast Georgia where he spent 16 years working as an E.R. physician and is now a healthcare executive. History and historical fiction are his writing passions though his influences include Southern gothic luminaries like Cormac McCarthy, William Faulkner, and Flannery O’Connor.
While Tim has written extensively for the healthcare industry, the award-winning A PLACE CALLED JUBILEE is his first published novel.
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This giveaway is for the winner’s choice of print or ebook however, print is open to Canada and the U.S. only and ebook is available worldwide. There will be 3 winners. This giveaway ends April 22, 2020,midnight pacific time.
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