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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  160 ratings  ·  13 reviews
It all began in 1927, in the small town of Rudell, Mississippi, after the sudden and tragic death of Cora Harvey's parents. She has nothing left except her burning desire to become a singer. But her dream will never come true in Rudell, especially if she marries the man she adores, Dr. David Mackey. So when she sets out for Chicago, everyone in the close knit community, in ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 14th 2002 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2001)
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Nicolette Listenbee
I almost don't have any words. I am thankful to have found this book and to have read the lovely writings of Donna. I will forever hold the lessons and stories in this book close to my heart.
Okay well cant lie this wasn't the easiest to read but I am glad I stuck with it as it follows three generations of women in the early 1900s in small town Rudell Mississippi heavily dependent on the Black church and their strong sense of community which was enviable as in this small town for better or worse everyone knew everyone and helped out whenever they could..The story begins with preacher's daughter beloved Cora with her shy lovable ways and powerful singing voice with dreams that stretch ...more
I picked this up at Barnes and Noble about 5 yrs ago, not knowing who this writer was and never reading this type of book before, and i was pleasantly surprised to learn that I liked history- albeit harsh histrory- mixed in with my fiction. I keep this on my book shelf to show that I do have good taste in reading
Enjoyed the historical content in this book... from Jim Crow to Blues and Jazz. I loved the characters in this book they were full of depth.
Read both: Rhythms and then What Mother Never Told Me. Characters tend to hang around you for a couple of
Karen Cruz
Great story following three generations of women who are struggling to find their identity and discover love.
This is one of those books that stays with you long after you have closed the covers. A powerful story.
Michelle Henley
This is clearly one of my favorite DOnna Hill books.
Rhythms is a story about four generations of black women beginning with Cora and her Mama. Cora is just coming of age at the beginning of the book living with her parents in a small Mississippi Delta town. Her father is a Baptist preacher and her mother is doing everything she can to raise Cora as a lady. We learn of Cora's beautiful singing voice as she sings in the church choir and we see her as she attracts the attention of the town's only black doctor. Cora has grown up wrapped in the protec ...more
This book shows what people would do for there dreams and not to forget them.This book was sad at times and very emotional.There are many messages this book brings to me and makes me think about.
1)Never forget who you love
2)Always forgive others
3)Don't take what you have for granted
4)Don't give up on your dreams
and many others.This book is worth reading and I'm sure you will be enlightened from its contents.
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This is one of my favorite books.. the storyline is beautiful.. it doesnt tell too much but doesn't leave out anything... So much to the mind, to envision both sides of the same story....
I read this quite some time ago, just found the book in my closet. I remember it was a great story of families and how their love is enduring.
Daphne James
Enjoyed this book. Interesting read. I was not pleased with the way the book ended. Maybe there is a sequel.
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