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"Hussey tells a beautiful story of redemption filled with strong female characters and rich in detail..." -Booklist on The Sweetest Hallelujah


Betty Jewel Hughes was once the hottest black jazz singer in Memphis. But when she finds herself pregnant and alone, she gives up her dream of being a star to raise her beautiful daughter, Billie, in Shakerag, Mississippi.

Now, ten years later, in 1955, Betty Jewel is dying of cancer and looking for someone to care for Billie when she’s gone. With no one she can count on, Betty Jewel does the unthinkable: she takes out a want ad seeking a loving mother for her daughter.

Meanwhile, on the other side of town, recently widowed Cassie Malone is an outspoken housewife insulated by her wealth and privileged white society. Working part-time at a newspaper, she is drawn to Betty Jewel through her mysterious ad. With racial tension in the South brewing, the women forge a bond as deep as it is forbidden. But neither woman could have imagined the gifts they would find in each other, and in the sweet young girl they both love with all their hearts.

Deeply moving and richly evocative, The Sweetest Hallelujah is a remarkable tale about finding hope in a time of turmoil, and about the transcendent and transformative power of friendship.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 4071 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 346 Seiten
  • Verlag: MIRA; Auflage: 1 (1. August 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00EIE30VK
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.3 von 5 Sternen 3 Kundenrezensionen
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Good plot, interesting characters, but could have done with a little research: Miss Queen has a "peacemaker" in 1955, but pacemakers were only implanted as of 1958. It also seems unlikely that a household of poor black women in the South would have had TV in the mid-nineteen fifties. I put the book aside to start another, hoping that I won't find more inconsistencies when I pick it up again
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Ich bin durch Zufall auf dieses Buch gestoßen und war begeistert. Ein sehr gut geschriebenes Buch zu einem spannenden Thema. Allerdings ist der geschichtliche und gesellschaftspolitische Hintergrund nicht wirklich erfasst. Die Geschichte lebt eindeutig von den starken Hauptpersonen. Ich habe das Buch im Original gelesen und denke, dass das auch etwas zum Flair des Buches beiträgt.
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This book has a very interesting twist to the coming together of Afro-Americans and Whites in the South of the U.S.A. I enjoyed it a lot and can highly recommend it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen LOVED IT!! 31. Juli 2013
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I have been sitting here trying to decide how to say exactly what I think about THE SWEETEST HALLELUJAH. As a Southern girl I found so many things to identify with that the story became something that I could have heard friends or family talking about as I grew up. The story was so compelling that I found it difficult to stop reading. My sister lost her battle with cancer recently and I felt so connected to Betty Jewel and invested in her efforts to make sure her daughter was taken care of by a loving mother. As the story unfolded I became more and more connected to the journey of each character in this book. I was touched, moved and compelled. Doing the right thing will not always be easy but it is ALWAYS the right thing. You never know what a difference your actions can make in someone else's life. This book took me on an emotional journey that I will not soon forget. You will NOT be disappointed. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A delightful book. A joy to read 2. August 2013
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I loved this book from beginning to end. The author truly captured the south in a very difficult time. She showed how love for a child can overcome even the hatefulness of prejudice. I loved the strong southern women depicted in this book. It is the kind of book that, when you finish it, you hate to loose your newly made friends.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful characters, awful truths, healthy tears, great read! 31. Juli 2013
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I haven't written a book review since college, and I must say, my hands are unsure...hovering over the keyboard, waiting for my brain to give them instruction how to proceed in reviewing a book that meant so much to me, personally.

The Sweetest Hallelujah had my interest from page one. I live in the area that the book is set in - Tupelo, Mississippi, but I did not live there in times like these, amid racial turmoil. Seeing my hometown come to life like this was so very interesting. The characters are so rich and so well written that I could almost see them, hear them, feel their tension.

Betty Jewel is a young black woman, a dying mother who, in desperation, places a want ad in order to find someone suitable to raise her only child in her absence. What is born of desperation ends with a beautiful friendship unheard of in those times. I could feel her desperation; I could hear the clock ticking in her head as she wondered when her end would come. I can only imagine the sweetest hallelujah she must have felt once her wishes were fulfilled.

Betty Jewel's mother, Queen, is a godly, peaceful woman who jumps off the page. I caught myself imitating the sounds Queen would make under her breath. I could visualize her moving around her kitchen to bring forth the soul food she knew would heal people and forge friendships.

Billie is the daughter that Betty Jewel is trying to save. She is spirited and intelligent and motivated by her own desperation once she finds out the truth about her mother. I can see her determined face in my mind as she sets out to find the father she never had. I do not want this book to end. I want to read more about Billie; to see her grow into a young woman who crosses lines and breaks boundaries.

Cassie is the white woman who steps right into their world and changes everything. She is drawn to the ad that Betty Jewel placed. What she finds there will shake her to her very core. Yet she will not back down, even after the awful truths she unearths on her journey. Her refusal to back down eventually leads to a friendship stronger than anything she had ever known, and a family she never knew she would have.

This book gripped me from page one and it will be a favorite of mine of those books that I tell everyone that they just HAVE TO READ!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen entertaining 1950s Deep South family drama 30. Juli 2013
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The Sweetest Hallelujah
Elaine Hussey
Mira, Jul 30 2013, $14.95
ISBN: 9780778315193

In 1945 Memphis, Betty Jewel Hughes ends her career as a jazz singer when she finds herself pregnant. Ten years later in Shakerag, Mississippi, single mom Betty Jewel learns she has cancer with little time left. Not concerned for herself, Betty Jewel worries what will come of her beloved Billie Jo once she is gone.

Desperate as she has no one to replace her, the dying black mom puts out an ad for someone to love and raise her ten year old daughter. Touched by Betty Jewel's plea, white reporter Cassie Malone decides to do a story on the mother whose dying wish is for her child. A recent widow still grieving her loss, Cassie and Betty Jewel connect until they learn a secret that shocks the journalist's soul while the tweener wants to meet her daddy. Not everyone is a saint when it comes to Billie's care, but most are nurturing kind people.

This is an entertaining 1950s Deep South family drama that captures the stratospherically high racial tension that explodes just after the Brown vs. the Board of Education ruling. In that environs, black and white do not mix yet Betty Jewel and Cassie forge a friendship in spite of the secret as both want what is best for too precocious Billie.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Loved the Characters. 3. September 2013
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I just read a couple of the negative comments and I have to say I do understand why they said them and although I agree with them quite a bit..I still really enjoyed the book. For this to take place during the time frame.. I would guess close to impossible with all the characters living through it but still...... :)

I seem to have been reviewing fun, entertaining horse books, adventures and mysteries lately, nice for desert but every once in a while, you need "the real deal" meal. I know you , being a reader, understand what I am referring to. "The Sweetest Hallelujah " is one of those books. Written about a time in the South where race mattered. A WHOLE lot. This has a bit of the same feel as "The Help" but it is more personal and about something even more difficult to deal with considering the time frame and setting.
The characters are richly drawn and the writing just flows. A bit of supernatural adds a gentle humor and pathos to the story and it is woven though in, throughout the book.
Cassie Malone, Betty Jewel, Queen and the center of the whole story.. Billie, and the beauty of the people they are and then become fill this story with a wonderful magic when you learn how they are connected. Cassie, the wealthy housewife who has recently lost her beloved husband Joe. Betty Jewel who is in the last stages of dying with Cancer and Queen who is her Mamma, a true grande dame of the South tho she is a Negro and the white folk would never consider her so. This is the character that I would have wished to pull out of the pages and keep for myself! Finally... Billy. Daughter of Betty Jewel, grand daughter of Queen and soon to be beloved of Cassie wherein lies the story.
I think you will fall in love with the supporting characters of the book too . They are all colorful and well developed. It is a hard story to tell as it was a scary time for people of two different races to develop this incredible friendship let alone spend real physical time together without ending up in jail or hung off a tree limb. I loved it and I feel that most readers will get a lot from reading it. Spend some time getting to care about these people. Oh..and, the language is so well done. So perfectly, gently southern but you can tell the difference of who is speaking by the characters who had a chance to go to collage.. beautifully handled.
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