The Color of My Heart

by Sarah Martin Byrd

Genres: Fiction

ISBN: 9781620201145

288 pages

Price: $14.99

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Living in the foothills of North Carolina, Laura Carter has it all: a nice home, wonderful adoptive parents, two lovely teenage daughters, and a to-die-for handsome husband. As they celebrate freedom on the Fourth of July, she’s certain that nothing could ever shatter her perfect American life: Or could it? An unexpected letter from her great-grandmother brings Laura face-to-face with her birth family. At their first, shocking meeting, she receives a stack of diaries that trace a heartbreaking voyage from Africa to Jekyll Island, Georgia, via a slave ship. Thanks to the missionary who lived with her ancestors in Africa and taught them how to speak and write English, Laura holds in her hands a gripping record of their lives. Could the realities of her mixed-race heritage destroy her family? Laura tries to live honorably, but her husband resists, and daughter Lakin has her own secrets. Lurking in the shadows is a small group called the brethren. The brethren’s dirty deeds are meant to preserve the purity of race in a South that still wears old patches of hate. Will they succeed in chopping down Laura’s family tree, or will the newest branches have a better chance at peace and acceptance in a more open-minded South?


Sarah Martin Byrd lives with her husband at the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina and is blessed to have her only daughter and grandchild living close by. Sarah is a previously published novelist, newspaper columnist, and former advertising manager for a regional newspaper. She is currently working on her next novel, The River Keeper. When not creating new stories, she enjoys camping, canoeing, fishing, and spending time with her family.