The Bedwarmer’s Son
by Caryl McAdoo
In the year1928, the aging former slave, Billy Sinclair, is charged with the murder of his white half-brother. His white lawyer, Alice Parmalee, sits on the opposite side of the table in a Southern interrogation room and asks him to relay what led up to the murder. In the telling of those events, the storyline flips from the present back to the era before the War of Northern aggression.
White plantation owner, William Sinclair takes a beautiful slave, Jasmine, for his bedwarmer. While such things were not unheard of, he breaks with convention by treating her more like a wife than his slave. They fall in love at a time when the law requires the races to be separate. When the reader returns to 1928, lawyer Alice Parmalee’s budding affection for Billy’s grandson Will Sinclair provides further angst as they dodge threats. These two interwoven tales form the core of the book.
The Bedwarmer’s Son weaves together two romances to form a tale reminiscent of the great southern writers of the last century. More than a classic romance, The Bedwarmer’s Son falls in the category of an historical novel. While faithful to the genre, this book transcends the norm by dealing with complex times, contentious social issues, and important questions of faith.
The compelling writing and interesting characters kept this reader flipping pages. This reviewer read this gripping novel in one weekend and recommends this story for the reader who is looking for a book that breaks away from the standard romance formula. Well written, compelling, this is a book not to be missed.
The Bedwarmer’s Son is available from Amazon.com.