Taffy

Taffy Welcome to the sleepy all Black southern town of Bledsoe where Colored residents proudly declare ain t nothing white here cept milk and teeth It s A press and curl costs a quarter Records play

  • Title: Taffy
  • Author: Suzette D. Harrison
  • ISBN: 9781523298259
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Paperback
  • Welcome to the sleepy, all Black southern town of Bledsoe, where Colored residents proudly declare ain t nothing white here cept milk and teeth It s 1935 A press and curl costs a quarter Records play on phonographs And a telephone is a luxury Meet twenty three year old Taffy Bledsoe Freeman She doesn t need her gift of second sight to know her mockery of a marriaWelcome to the sleepy, all Black southern town of Bledsoe, where Colored residents proudly declare ain t nothing white here cept milk and teeth It s 1935 A press and curl costs a quarter Records play on phonographs And a telephone is a luxury Meet twenty three year old Taffy Bledsoe Freeman She doesn t need her gift of second sight to know her mockery of a marriage to a man twice her age is far from good After a seven year exile Up North, Taffy travels down home to the small town bearing her family s name, plotting her escape from a marriage not worth the price of a press and curl She only needs to retrieve the son her husband banished to her parents care, before boarding a train headed for the Windy City filled with liberty and opportunity Instead, Taffy stumbles into Roam Ellis her long lost love and the man Taffy meant to marry Twenty six year old Roam Ellis is a broad shouldered, hard bodied Pullman porter riding the rails coast to coast, outrunning the bitter heartbreak Taffy left behind Now, after a seven year absence, Roam is face to face with his first love Anger ignites Old wounds are exposed But when pain subsides, passion rises, thrusting Taffy and Roam into a hurricane of buried secrets and lies Reminiscent of the works of Bernice McFadden, Bertice Berry, and Andrea Smith The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner this Historical Romance is bathed in southern lore and sweeping imagery Lyrical and powerful, Taffy is a story of restoration and redemption that you won t soon forget.

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    About “Suzette D. Harrison”

    1. Suzette D. Harrison

      Suzette D Harrison, a native Californian and the middle of three daughters, grew up in a home where learning and literature were highly prized Her literary career began when her poetry appeared in a volume of creative writing published by her junior high school While Mrs Harrison pays homage to Dr Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison for initially inspiring her spirit and creativity, it was Alex Haley s Roots which she read at the age of fourteen that unveiled the tremendous power and importance of African American literary voices In addition to being the wife of a university professor and mother of the most gorgeous children God ever made, Suzette is a cupcake proprietor who loves singing gospel with a hint of jazz She s currently working on her next novel in between batches of cupcakes.

    871 thoughts on “Taffy”

    1. Anyone who really and truly knows me is very aware that historical fiction is one of my all-time favorite genres. I live for anything that gives me historical context of what my ancestors may have gone through. Any author that can take the African American plight, put into such eloquent prose and make it a story that has me captivated from beginning to end is someone that will ALWAYS be on my list of MUST-READ Authors!! I am new to Ms. Harrison but what I can say is that this will certainly not [...]


    2. Billed as a historical romance, it was better than most. Its been seven years since Taffy Bledsoe Freeman was married at sixteen and moved "Up North" with her husband many years her senior. Since then, Taffy comes home every year for the celebration honoring the founding of their town, Bledsoe. Taffy is finding it difficult to continue in a loveless marriage and the life that others have willed for her, which caused her to lose her one true love. Possessed with "second sight," a gift that has be [...]


    3. This book was ok I really wanted to like it moree beginning was so drawn outI found myself skipping pagesjust to get to the good partwhen it finally started to get goodI was confused about some of the charactersd at times I felt like this book spoke in different languagesI found myself referencing back to other pages trying to remember the relevance of the characters.I felt as if the story ended with questions would of been nice to know how things ended up for Taffy her boo!


    4. The writing style reminds me of J. California Cooper (an author I really enjoy). The language is lush and I really got a sense of the setting but there is too much story crammed into one book, too much repetition, too many instances of the characters becoming mouthpieces to give the reader a history lesson. And Taffy is a total Mary Sue. This book probably would have benefited from an editor that would have reigned the author in a bit. The potential for something really great is here.


    5. This is one of he reasons I enjoy reading!!Every once in a while comes a story that is a good story. Where reading let's you experience the feelings of the characters with sight, taste and smell and sound. This book is worthy of occupying space with Toni Morrison, Bernice McFadden, J.California Cooper and Phyllis McKinney Whetstone to name a few☺


    6. the story had a lot of potential , but it was just too slow. The latter part the book was good, lots of drama and all the secrets come out. I was disappointed it took until 75% in to pick up the pace.


    7. Great read! Love it. Can't wait for more this author !! Great literary works. Would recommend this book! Great literary read. I would recommend this book. It takes you to that era, You feel as if your Taffy.


    8. I like the novel, Taffy. She is trapped in an arranged marriage, has the gift of sight, lives life on her terms, and the love of her life is not her husband. When she returns home for her yearly visit, the past and her family's secrets come home to roost.



    9. This is one of the most beautiful stories I’ve read in a very long time. The vividness of the writing was amazing and the tale was told descriptively without being overbearing or boring. The story held a plethora of emotion, dealing head on with issues that made me angry to those which gave me hope.Taffy was an incredible woman who’d had to tolerate hardship which had made her grow up quickly. As the story progressed her strength, beauty, and good humor shone through although things had been [...]


    10. There are few novels that render me speechless, but I can truly say that "Taffy" has succeeded in taking me on the literary journey of a lifetime. The prose are very lyrical and colorful, I have "not" read this caliber of writing in some time; It is as if the words are dancing around on the page, and asking me to join in.First we begin with a plot filled with true African-Americana dealing with beliefs and traditions from African culture mixed with historical fiction and romance. The main charac [...]


    11. EnjoyableThis book was enjoyable however I felt like it was drawn out. I kept going until reaching the end because I wanted to see how this would play out. When the story reaches its peak, I was thoroughly entertained. I had a good laugh at some of the conversation Taffy had with the other characters and felt her heart in the beginning trying to save that young girl. This story definitely had some wow factors that when revealed of course would make you want to finish til the end. Overall, reader [...]


    12. TaffyVery interesting read. Taffy Marie Bledsoe and her family had a history of hoodoo and voodoo along wth mental illness. But her first 💘, Roam Ellis, was all she craved. He felt the same way about Taffy in spite of all the small town gossip over the years about her and her family's reputations. Roam did ask for Taffy's ✋ in marriage. She accepted.I will definitely read more works by the author Suzette D. Harrison. I gave this book 5 ***** for strong southern characters, story line set in [...]


    13. Twists, turns and eloquently written! This is literally fiction at its finest!I yearn to read stories written in this time setting and this one is up there with my favorites. I'm not one to give a synopsis of what all takes place, however I will say if you enjoy long well written, suspenseful, African American historic fiction from the early twentieth century then this book is for you!


    14. A truly amazing book that held me captive from first page to last. The lyrical flow of the words, the spiritual and culture-based influences, multi-layered themes, along with well-developed characters and settings, all combined to provide one of my best reading experiences in a while. Kudos to author Suzette Harrison. I can't wait to read more of her books.


    15. This was nothing but a bad black stage play. The writing was awful. Entirely too many characters to keep up with and many of them were unnecessary. It was extremely slow with some parts being way too descriptive and pointlessly drawn out. The author tried to pack way too much into the last quarter of the book which was the only part that was halfway interesting.


    16. WowI love stories like this that take you back in time. I will admit that I had a hard time reading this at first and stopped for about a week but I am so glad I picked it up again. I laughed, cried, and cried from laughter with this book. Great job! Will definitely read more from this author



    17. Interesting readThis book was interesting, yet confusing at times. The language in which it was written would sometimes confuse this reader. Story was woven well.


    18. A pleasant surprise I wasn't expecting to like it but the rich language and the hidden pretense to issues still burdening men women and people of color make this a great read.




    19. What's done in the dark.Good read, lots of twists and shocker. Just wanted a little more for the ending. Karma is real, read it!


    20. Great book set in 1929 appox. Story of a young and a lifeless marriage. She desperately wants out. Her life has been plagued with secrets that surround her and her family.She goes back to her hometown to leave her husband, who is a despicable womanizer. In the process she sees her 1st love and apologizes for breaking his heart. In the process they find love is still holding the other . Together they decide to have a better life when she can get a divorce. Someone puts a contract her. Her grandmo [...]


    21. Great read. 5 starsI recommended the book to my book club. In many black families we share sayings, gifts past down from previous generations from the mother land. Many may prefer not to acknowledge the meaning or significance but for me it has been a great companion. The book also bought nice memories of the "red bone" I grew up with.


    22. This was my first book by Ms. Harrison but most definitely not my last. The cover captivated me initiallyd I am so very grateful that the story was just as if not more beautiful than the cover. Octavia Bledsoe better known as Taffywas a model child. One day after being gone for months with her Mother, Taffy returned to her namesake hometown of Bledsoe, baby in arm. "ruined" according to the townspeople. No one was hurt more than her longtime lover Roamwho did just thatter hearing about her infra [...]


    23. Great read!I enjoyed this novel, from the beginning. Strong storyline and characters made it difficult to put down. When the truth is finally revealed, I was so shocked. Never imagined the outcome. Loved how the story was woven through generations. The love of family was well defined and, true love, electric! Truly enjoyed this novel, and highly recommend as a great read! Best book I have read in a while! I purchased the kindle version, but I am purchasing the printed version to add to my librar [...]


    24. Welcome to the south and small town of Bledsoe. Main character is Taffy Freeman with the gift of second sight. Having been in a prearranged marriage for seven years she is finally working at getting rid of the husband who is not a husband and regaining the son being raised by her parents. This young woman has endured hell at hands of her mother, grandmother, and useless husband. Has some African American history and drew me in by the mysteries in Bledsoe. Has shocking ending and hope for a seque [...]


    25. The book started slowly with much character exposition. I didn't know why some characters entered in some places. But the beginning was like a roller coaster climbing to a summit before speeding, twisting, and turning to the end, with about every loose end tied and every motivation explained. Be patient, readers. You will be rewarded with situations that you don't see coming. The prose seemed overly folksy, but then it's the South of the 1930s. I recommend this book.


    26. The Past Can Dictate the FutureTaffy's story had me captivated, intrigued, salivating (after Roam) and loving Angel. Family will either love you or hate you and lies always come back to bite you in the butt!


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