Book Review: The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips

Rosie is the unhappy mother who is pregnant with her 10th child. In order to provide for her children (who are rumored to all have different fathers) she does domestic work in the day and entertains men at the farmhouse at night. When her children reach a certain age, they are required to leave school and financially contribute to the household. The boys hire themselves out and the girls can follow in their mother’s footsteps and become a domestic, work at the farmhouse or in some instances…do both! She also doesn’t want any of them to leave home EVER, and tries to discourage any courtships or marriages. But, one by one, Mushy, Sam, Wallace, Martha Jean, Tarabelle, Edna, Tangy Mae and the crew begin to put space between themselves and their mother.

There are many secrets that are revealed in this book, and many will shock you! The identity of the children’s fathers, who killed who, what’s in the shoebox in the floorboard are just a few of the questions that will be answered in this book. Each character is masterfully created and the plot twists will leave you wanting more. I also loved the touch on mental illness…a subject that some are still afraid to address.

This is my first book by the author, and I really hope she decides to write more, because she is blessed with a gift. I highly recommend this 💎💎💎💎💎 Historical Fiction.

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