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In The Face Of The Sun | Denny S. Bryce | Book Review

Denny S. Bryce is quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors. I was captivates by her debut Wild Women and the Blues and now In The Face Of The Sun. Both stories are multigenerational tales involving African American families. In The Face Of The Sun follows Francine (Frankie) as she travels from Chicago to Los Angeles with her estranged Aunt Daisy. At the same time, there is a reflection on the events that occurred in 1928 Los Angeles. As the story progresses, it becomes very obvious that the events of 1928 are directly connected with the current events of 1968.

Frankie only met her Aunt Daisy within the past couple of weeks upon chance. Their paths had never previously crossed as a Daisy has been estranged from Frankie’s mother due to a tragedy that occurred in 1928. Frankie is using Daisy as a method of transportation from Chicago where she is attempting to escape her abusive husband. At first, the two women are only tolerating each other but as more time passes they find themselves becoming closer. Honestly, they still drive each other crazy and Daisy’s friend Tobey only adds to the tension.

I found both time periods with this historical fiction to be well researched. It felt like I was right there with these characters. 1928 and 1968 were both important eras in African American history and I loved the way it was presented. The story goes back and forth until you find out just how interconnected all of these events are. There are several significant American history events such as prohibition, Hotel Somerville, Black only clubs hotels/clubs/stores, assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Black only newspapers, and Black Hollywood all of which play an important role in the progression of the story.

The way the story was written allows the reader to make the connection with the past and present. There are so many parallels. It made me excited whenever I was able to make the connection and see how it may possibly help move the storyline forward. The characters feel so realistic and are wonderful examples of characters that are not always as they appear. Individuals can be complicated and their histories play a role in how they act and are perceived. All of these characters are so multilayered and each have dreams, thoughts about love and relationships, and regrets. It is all written so well.

In The Face Of The Sun does have a bit of an abrupt ending which left me reeling. Things were semi wrapped up in an epilogue but I still wanted just a touch more. All of it was so captivating, I wasn’t necessarily disappointed but instead it was hard to let go of this story I had gotten so attached to.

Rating: 4 Stars

*I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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