The Sweetest Hallelujah
Author: Elaine Hussey
Publication Date: August 1, 2013
An unforgettable story of two courageous women brought together by one extraordinary little girl.
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.
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.
This is a novel that deals with the ever popular white/black relations of the 1950s, but with a much different twist to it. The black woman who was once a singer has a child who's going to need someone to take care of her soon. The white woman desperately wanted children but could never manage to carry a baby to term. An ad is placed, the women meet and the novel takes a far more interesting turn than expected.
Unexpected secrets come to the surface and warm friendships develop. Racial tensions continue to strain and challenge the women - who only want what is best for the child.
A heartwarming story worth reading.