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"A fully immersive, intricately crafted story inspired by the pages of history. In Pheby, Sadeqa Johnson has created a woman whose struggle to survive and to protect the ones she loves will have readers turning the pages as fast as their fingers can fly. Simply enthralling." (Lisa Wingate, number one New York Times best-selling author of Before We Were Yours)

Called "wholly engrossing" by New York Times best-selling author Kathleen Grissom, this harrowing story follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia.

Born on a plantation in Charles City, Virginia, Pheby Delores Brown has lived a relatively sheltered life. Shielded by her mother’s position as the estate’s medicine woman and cherished by the Master’s sister, she is set apart from the others on the plantation, belonging to neither world.

She’d been promised freedom on her 18th birthday, but instead of the idyllic life she imagined with her true love, Essex Henry, Pheby is forced to leave the only home she has ever known. She unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the bowels of slavery at the infamous Devil’s Half Acre, a jail in Richmond, Virginia, where the enslaved are broken, tortured, and sold every day. There, Pheby is exposed not just to her Jailer’s cruelty but also to his contradictions. To survive, Pheby will have to outwit him, and she soon faces the ultimate sacrifice.

©2021 Sadeqa Johnson. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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When trusting your gut goes right insteada lef

I read the description of this book & was so intrigued that I pre-ordered(PO) it immediately. I normally don’t PO anything but food so of course, I agonized every week leading up to its release: “why would you PO a book you know nothing about! You’ve never even heard of this author!” Well, thank God my gut made me too lazy to reverse the PO because I. Couldn’t. Stop. Listening. To. This. Story. It felt like I was listening to my own ancestor telling me about her life. As Robin Miles narrated, I was nervous when characters were nervous, hoping for them like real family. The fact that this story is merely inspired by true events, and not a real, whole *ss slave narrative, makes me say, “Ms Sadeqa, you deserve all the flowers!” This was my first time reading her work, and I can’t wait to experience more.

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Truth in fiction - don’t miss it

This book is outstanding. It was difficult to listen to and impossible to put down. I
will miss this book, the narrator and the main character, Pheby. When books are this good, they leave me feeling hungover, and it will take time to get this story out of my so I can hear another. It’s astonishing to listen to, and the author’s note at the end will help you u d’état and why the story and the people in it feel so real. Cannot recommend it highly enough.

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  • Shenieque
  • 2021-01-17

An excellent book!!! Must read!!!

I loved every bit of this story and the adventure. I cried, smiled, laughed and celebrated throughout this entire book. I feel in love with with many of the characters and despised a few. I couldn’t put it down for a second. I need a part two :)

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  • Tyffany Rhodes
  • 2021-01-16

You will get trapped in the story.

This may be the most powerful story I've ever heard. There parts where I held my breath waiting to hear what happened next. It's sad and bitter sweet but it's a story I felt like I just had to hear.

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  • Shannon
  • 2021-01-13

A hard but Important Listen

A beautiful, if heartbreaking, story. This is such an important book as it goes a long way toward dispelling the Myths we have been fed about the kind-hearted slave owners of the American South. This really is historical fiction at its best. Both the author and narrator are incredibly talented.

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  • Elizabeth Early
  • 2021-01-19

A Real page turner

A compelling story about the cruelties of slavery. Told in the voice of “the yellow wife”, a mulatto concubine of a vicious slave trader, it tells intimate stories of the lives of field hands, house slaves, stable hands, and the masters they served. Primarily though, it chronicles the life of “the yellow wife” from childhood through maturity with such passion that one’s empathy for her travails is heart wrenching. Although this is a novel, it is based on the history of a notorious slave trader in Richmond, Va.

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  • Nancy
  • 2021-01-18

Excellent❤🍷❤🍷🤓💞

All I can say is this book is goooood😁😁. I have always enjoyed books like this one. I felt like like Pheobe could have stepped in with the relationship between the Jailer and her son Morgan. I suppose back in that time she had to survive at any cost. I really liked the end. Overall the book was truly excellent. I truly recommend this book. 💘🍷🤓💞 please write more books like this one. 😊

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  • Lynn Hall
  • 2021-01-31

Our history...lest we forget!

This was a 4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for me...it evokes a visceral response in the horror of slavery and the shear determination to survive the miseries of circumstances...very reminiscent of 12 Years a Slave...you have no voice, no humanity, you are nothing more than furniture to be sold...based on a true story of the Lumpkin Jail in Richmond Virginia.

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  • sha
  • 2021-01-21

Amazing

This book was exceptional. The story was simply heartbreaking at times but you had to keep reading. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't put it down. I went to bed thinking about it after reading the first half and the next night I had to finish the rest. It was absolutely an amazing and emotional story.

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  • Kshaw
  • 2021-02-04

Exceptional Writing and Reading

Difficult, but necessary topic. This book is a book that lingers in your mind . Will look for more audiobooks by the author and narrator.

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  • Nicola
  • 2021-01-18

Loved this !!

I really loved this story! Please write more like this! I finished in two days.

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  • Booklover757
  • 2021-04-19

Great History!

Not only was this a great story, but the history was excellent. I grew up in Virginia and did not know a lot of the things that was was brought up in the book. I would recommend this book to my book club. It was an excellent read.