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One Day She’ll Darken by Fauna Hodel and J.R. Briarmonte @1DayShellDarken @justjanuary @GraymalkinMedia #Audiobook #BookReview #OneDayShellDarken

Hello book friends, I’m back from a wonderful few days in London with my little boy, my legs feel like I’ve walked about a hundred miles, and my bank balance is significantly lower than zero ☹ But I had a wonderful time there, so it was all worth it!

Anyhoo, I’m delighted to bring you a review for this amazing book I picked up when I had a credit-crisis!!

Why Did You Pick It Up Vicci?

Well, I really didn’t know anything about this story, I had a spare credit and couldn’t find a book that jumped out at me to read, so I went back to my old favourite method of choice, Narrator!
Once I saw that this was being narrated by January LaVoy, and it also had *something* to do with the Black Dahlia case I was sold.

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My Thoughts

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This was such an interesting story about a girl named Fauna, the title is a nod to her light skin, because she was born mixed race as her father was black.

1951 – While working in a Casino as a Ladies Room Attendant, a young black woman called Jimmie is approached by a white woman who has had one too many drinks, she strikes up a conversation with her about her life and children.
Jimmie finds this very odd, but the woman is white, so probably a good tipper, so she plays along with her to see if she can get more money out of her.
In the conversation, the woman admits that her daughter is pregnant by a black man, and the child cannot stay with them for obvious reasons, so she is looking for a good “black home” to send her too, Jimmie enjoying the drunk talk tells the woman that she would be happy to take the child off of her hands, for a price of course, as her and her husband have never been able to conceive, gives the woman her address, and swiftly gets a crisp $50 tip, talk about good luck, drunk women!!

Except a few months later, Jimmie gets a new member of her household, a brand new baby girl, called Fauna, Jimmie’s husband isn’t happy about this at all, but goes along with it, considering that there is money involved, it might be a sweet deal, except she doesn’t look black, she doesn’t look black at all, and people notice it too, which makes Jimmie very angry.

We’re not categorized by the color of our skin. And just as Jesus was color-blind, so, too, is love. Our love for each other, for our brothers and sisters, and now for this baby is also color-blind. The only reason we see different color is because of a self-inflicted disease we call racism.”

And a sweet deal it is, they both come to love their daughter very much, as she gets older, they tell Fauna, now named Patty, that her real mother gave her away, but the whole time, they wait for her black to start showing through, except it really doesn’t.

But Patty is brought up a strong independent black girl, and she has plenty to say about people who don’t believe her, in fact she starts to take her birth certificate everywhere with her just to prove it as it clearly says “Father – Negro” on it.

But unfortunately, she is too white to fit in with the black kids, and too much like a black kid to fit in with the whites.

Jimmie, is not quite the loving mother she is portrayed to be in the neighbourhood, she is an alcoholic, and is very abusive toward Patty, and her string of lovers after her and her husband separate, also add to this, so much so that Patty eventually leaves the home and starts to find out a lot of information about her life that was kept from her by her “mother”

Lets just say that everything isn’t as it seemed!!

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Narration by January LaVoy was as always perfect, and this story was so brilliantly told by her.

Also a TV series called I Am The Night on TNT, I haven’t seen it myself, but I am anxiously waiting for it to come to UK TV so that I can.

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About The Book

The inspiration for the TNT TV series I Am the Night.
The Black Dahlia Murder is near-legend in the annals of true crime. But behind the shocking case of a young actress’s gruesome slaying lies the story of another woman.
Was Fauna Hodel the child of incest, and the catalyst for a sensational trial that left her well-to-do family scarred by scandal, even as the accused sexual predator walked free? Taken as an infant from her teenage mother, Fauna was placed in the care of a working-class black woman, who raised the white child as her own.
Together, as a close-knit mother and daughter, they weathered years of poverty and bigotry, alcoholism and sexual abuse, pregnancy and even deathβ€”until the time came for Fauna to seek out her real mother, and uncover her lost past.
But as Fauna will learn, some truths don’t want to be told.
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Girl A: The truth about the Rochdale sex ring by the victim who stopped them By Girl A #Review #Dark #NonFiction

Hello book friends, I hope you are all having a great week!

I have started to watch more TV recently, and have been binging on Netflix shows, unfortunately that has moved me away from reading as much, but I have remedied this over the last couple of weeks and have got my Mojo back…I think.

Why did you pick it up Vicci? – **THE TRUE STORY BEHIND THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED BBC DRAMA β€˜THREE GIRLS’ ** After watching this show, and feeling so angry, I wanted to find out about the girl, and if she was OK now and living a happy and healthy life, I didn’t manage to find this information, but I did find this book.

Be warned, this is not a fluffy feelgood book, this is gritty, graphic and heartbreaking. This would probably be a good book for people in the Social Worker profession to read about what not to do!

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My Thoughts

A heartbreaking read of true events, in May 2012 nine men were convicted of sex trafficking and other offences including rape, trafficking girls for sex and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child.

This is the story of one of those girls.

Only known as Girl A in the news, this is the harrowing story of a young girl that were groomed, raped and then ultimately sold for sex, all under the eyes of the police, social workers and her parents.

The men involved were all of Asian/Pakistani descent, and occurred within their own community, however this is not a book about race, this is something that happened and is still happening to young girls.

Girl A or Hannah for the purpose of the story was from a well off family who fell onto bad times, her father lost the business he had,and they had to downsize their house and move to a different area.

This is where she met Emma, who befriended her for ulterior motives.

After finding new friends “Hannah” used to go to the local kebab shop with Emma, there they were given free kebabs, chips and drinks, this soon led to Vodka and parties.

Only being 14, this was the best thing ever, her parents didn’t know, and the owners of the kebab shop gave her and her friends everything she wanted, they even picked her off and dropped her off, as the friend of the shop also had friends that ran a taxi company, all of this was done for free, they never asked for any money, or anything in return……until they did!

Hannah is then drawn into a spiral of harrowing and horrifying despair, and when she finds the courage to speak up, she is let down by the very authorities that are supposed to be there to protect her!

I can’t tell you how angry I was reading this book, these poor girls were failed time and time again by the authorities, and the one lady that knew what was going on and told the police time and time again was brushed aside, even Social Services who KNEW what was happening in that area, brushed it aside and said that it was a “lifestyle choice” by the girls!! 14 YEAR OLD GIRLS!!!!

This is not a lifestyle choice, this is RAPE!! These men were all 40-50 years old!

This book was heartbreaking, and I really hope that “Hannah” is now happy and living a normal and happy life, she is one brave lady to tell her story.

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About the book

THE TRUE STORY BEHIND THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED BBC DRAMA β€˜THREE GIRLS’

What do they find attractive about me? An underage girl who just lies there, sobbing, looking up at them…as they come to me one by one.

This is the shocking true story of how a young girl from Rochdale came to be Girl A – the key witness in the trial of Britain’s most notorious child sex ring.

Girl A was just 14 when she was groomed by a group of nine Asian men. After being lured into their circle with free gifts, she was plied with alcohol and systematically abused. She was just one of up to fifty girls to be ‘passed around’ by the gang. The girls were all under-16 and forced to have sex with as many as twenty men in one night.

When details emerged a nation was outraged and asked how these sickening events came to pass. And now, the girl at the very centre of the storm reveals the heartbreaking truth.

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