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Red Clay and Roses

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Alternate cover edition of: ASIN B00C2CNWGS

Outside the realm of genre fiction, Red Clay and Roses is literature in the form of a "faction" novel; a fictionalized true story of life in the Deep South during the time of Jim Crow Law, and before Roe vs. Wade. Women were supposed to keep quiet and serve, abortion was illegal, adoption difficult, and racism rampant. The discove
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Published March 27th 2013 by Kindle Direct Publishing (first published March 20th 2013)
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Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I began reading this book just as a sample of what the author was discussing on her blog and ended up not being able to put it down until I finished it. This is the sign of an excellent book.

What did I like about it, you may ask, or you may not, but I will tell you regardless. There is so much to like. First of all, this book is based on reality and although it is a harsh reality, this is beautifully written and researched. The amount of information the author uncovered during her research
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I highly recommend this book. This was probably the most important book I have read this year. This is not normally a book that I would pick up to read for myself but picked it up from a few other strong reviews. I would also say this book is one of the hardest books I have read, not difficult to read but hard to grasp that society can be so backwards and that hate and fear really hurt. S.K. Nicholls writes such a very well thought out book that really made me analyze myself and the world around ...more
Sue Vincent
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
At first glance you might be forgiven for thinking this a ‘woman’s book’. Its characters revolve around women and some of the issues raised are certainly primarily feminine; though even there the writer challenges preconceptions for these issues should be primarily human. It is not the literary equivalent of a chic flick… it is a book that makes you think. It is not always a comfortable read, but it is well written, well told and engrossing.

I saw a post by S.K. Nicolls on her website. Susan tell
Aug 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Red Clay and Roses is a historical fiction based on true stories, by S.K. Nicholls, majorly dating back to the period between 50’s and early 70’s.

It is a story based on the lives of people of a small town and the circumstances that they deal with everyday, with the racism prevalent against the African-American citizens in Georgia, similar to the situation in other Southern states, even when there was being seen a radical change in the rest of the country.

However, the story starts in the year o
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Red Clay and Roses takes the reader into the history of the south. With characters so interesting and believable, the reader effortlessly connects with those who make the story.

As I read, I felt that I was following Hannah in her journey of meeting individuals, learning their histories, and discovering, in some cases, unspeakable truths. Author, Nicholls, raises subjects that were, and in some cases still are, those that society wants to try and overlook. But Red Clay and Roses presents a story
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I strongly recommend this book for those who are interested in the history of race relations and women's reproductive rights, particularly in the Southeastern US during the early part of the 20th century. The story embedded in this book, particularly of the four major characters, Moses, Althea, Sybil, and Nathan, is compelling. Ms. Nicholls' writing style evokes some of the great writers of natural realism such as Theodore Dreiser. She weaves a sense of place and culture with details and dialogu ...more
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the revised and edited edition, so I can’t speak to how well the first edition was prepared. This edition seems to be very well written and well edited. I wanted to read it because it is a faction novel based on a true story. The introduction and conclusion wrapped the story up neatly, like brown paper around a surprise package. The first six chapters and the conclusion are written in the first person by the narrator, and Sybil and Nathan’s Story is written in the third person. The conclu ...more
Rosie Amber
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Red Clay and Roses steps back in history to Georgia and the deep south at a time where people struggled to survive and where changes to segregation and inequality faced fierce resistance.

The stories within are written around an old accounting ledger, found many years later, after it was hidden away. Hannah Schmidt pieces together the events and lives of the characters who were associated with The Good Doctor. She interviews relatives and follows leads from which she tells the reader of the ever
Barb Taub
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
They say all politics are local, and that history is written by the victors. But there is a genre of fiction (such as One Hundred Years of Solitude) that tells more truth than the official version. Red Clay and Roses makes politics micro-local, and makes history personal.

This isn't a genre I would usually pick up. But I raced through S.K. Nicholls' incredible book and then went back for a slower read. Red Clay and Roses tells the beautiful, bittersweet story of a generation through an unforgett
Papi Z.
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical fiction. This is my first reading of a book in this category. A serious book based on real events. This will be a serious, technical review... ha ha ha. Got you, didn't I? Anyhow, let's get to the meat of the matter.

Trying to write this review without spoilers is difficult. Such is my burden to bear. I enjoyed this book a lot, I found it to be technically sound and well paced. It is a book with a good deal of dialogue, personally I thought it worked well and was properly placed within
Pamela Beckford
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The word pictures were so well done that I felt like I not only knew the characters, but I have mental images of them. Historical fiction can be ho hum or it can be as if you are living it. The author did a great job of inviting the reader to live it with her. I thought the book started a bit slow...maybe not so much slow, but it seemed much of the very beginning was unnecessary. Of course, once I finished the book, I saw it all tie together.

I highly recommend this book. It w
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. Brought back many memories of life in the 50's, 60's & 70's. I would suggest it to friends. ...more
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
An enjoyable read for me, and a new author.

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Unspoken secrets are shared between Beatrice, The Good Doctor's wife, and Moses Grier, their black handyman. The Grier's daughter, Althea, suffers a tragedy that leaves her family silent and mournful. Her brother, Nathan, a medical student, looks for answers from a community that is deaf, blind, and dumb.

A summer romance between Nathan and Sybil, an independent, high-spirited, white woman, leaves more unresolved. Nathan is thrust into th
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Red Clay and Roses tells a unique story that centers on a chiropractor’s secret ledger, which, upon further investigation, provides more than just patient information and payment methods. The author finds a complicated and heartbreaking tale of interracial love and women’s productive rights in the era of the civil rights movement. Part one of the book sets the stage with the discovery of the ledger and the author inquiring as to its meaning. She meets with “the Good Doctor’s” wife, his farmhand, ...more
Francis Guenette
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Nicholls’ novel is a story of real life events overlaid with a façade of fiction. Knowing this gives the stories an emotional impact that might not otherwise be present if one thought the author had simply ‘made it all up’. There is immediacy to the writing – as if one were turning the pages of someone’s diary.

A book, written in the way Nicholls has written Red Clay and Roses, breaks many of the conventions that readers expect when reading a novel – not necessarily a bad thing. We can all do wi
Teresa Karlinski
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A rushed visit to a small town in Georgia, family stories and times revisited, a hidden ledger and secrets abound.

Sybil, a smart woman ahead of her time, has gumption, is open-minded and knows about secrets. During the racial upheaval in the 50s to 70s, she remains open-minded and true to herself. Nobody tells her how to live unlike other women of the time. She owns a beauty salon, her husband is jailed and a colored lover waits. She juggles her life and experiences loses she wishes she’d avoide
John W. Howell
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I picked up a copy of Red Clay and Roses a while ago and like others put it in my TBR pile. I understood from the promotional material, the book is a fictionalized true story. I was a little apprehensive going in, since I was not sure how one could fictionalize what is true. I learned early in the book Susan Nicholls took real events and turned them into a fictionalize account of how those events played into the lives of her characters. My apprehension turned to total commitment to the story. Th ...more
Luanne Castle
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Once I started reading S.K. Nicholls’ roman à clef Red Clay and Roses, I had to be pried away from the book for work and sleep. Her masterful storytelling is ideal for this southern story that, like Faulkner’s, covers generations of customs and politics and changes. She explores the tragedies of racism and gender inequality with a firm hand and a warm heart.

We hear the story through different voices. The nurse who learns the secrets and mysteries of the past tells us the story of the present—wha
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indies
This book weaves a fictional tale into the setting of the tense race relationships in the South in the 50s and 60s. A nurse finds an old ledger used by a doctor of chiropractic medicine who performed abortions on the side. Through that book she uncovers the stories of the people surrounding the "Good Doctor," including an African-American family who works for him as well as a young white woman who has an affair with the family's son. The amount of research behind this book is impressive, yet it ...more
Rebecca Larsen
Feb 04, 2014 rated it liked it
3 Star

"Think for yourself. Don't think too much of yourself."

Red Clay and Roses takes you on a journey through time, as one woman learns secrets about the people from her hometown. Brings to light what living in a small town in Southern Georgia was like back in the 1950's and 1960's. Back when the prohibition was going strong, Vietnam war, the Great Depression. I do have to warn that their is a lot of racism in this book that keeps with the time period during which the story is placed. (This bo
Lori Crane
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am originally from the great state of Mississippi, and this book feels like my old uncle is sitting in his rocking chair on the front porch telling me a story. I have always struggled with dialects in the written word, both writing them and reading them. Some read pretty awful, some are difficult to get through, but once in a great while an author nails it. S.K. Nicholls absolutely rocks it in RED CLAY AND ROSES. It's a stunning book of taboos, racism, and civil unrest, based in the deep south ...more
Mark Myers
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book lulls you into its pace with a good and believable story. Since I live in the south, I found the Civil Rights Era history fascinating. The characters are very real. While reading about one, I found myself impatient to get to the next chapter so I could learn what was going on with the another. Colorful secondary characters litter the streets of Lagrange and give the story an authentic feel.

Even though this isn't a fun read, it is a great story and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, pas-pour-moi
This is a fanciful imaginative fictional look into life in the Deep South during the 1950s and 1960s. The novel predominantly delves straightforward into lust, rape, murder, criminal abortion, lies, adoption, and denial. I did not enjoy this poorly-written piece. Gross and vulgar.
Pat Newman
Aug 01, 2014 rated it liked it
The first part of the book promised more than the whole thing eventually delivered. I enjoyed it, but am not raving.
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S.K. Nicholls is author of Naked Alliances, Book One in the Naked Eye Series. Her family owns and operates a nudist resort located in Central Florida, Cypress Cove. She has a deep understanding of the lifestyle choice and how it harbors clandestine elements of intrigue and fascination. Social issues are at the forefront of her writing that is touched with a humorous edge. She lives in Orlando, Flo ...more

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