Song of Redemption

A unique blend of historical suspense, romance, and the strength that binds a family in bondage

Fiction - Southern
356 Pages
Reviewed on 08/30/2022
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Author Biography

Malika J. Stevely is an author of historical fiction, African American and women's literature and essays. A graduate of California State University, Fullerton, she earned degrees in English and Comparative Literature and Communications. As a former newspaper reporter, she has published an array of articles, including interviews with icons such as Dr. Maya Angelou.

Malika Stevely is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Women's National Book Association. She holds an office position with multiple organizations that promote stewardship and leadership.

Mrs. Stevely enjoys anything beach-related and singing show tunes at the top of her lungs with her husband and children.

SONG OF REDEMPTION is her debut novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Trevor Otieno for Readers' Favorite

Song of Redemption is a moving account of a young slave girl who lived in the cruel environment of slavery. Shocking findings are made when the remains of Danielle, a young vocalist who was a slave, are discovered inside the Soileau estate wall, where she worked in 1932. Newspaper reporters learn about Danielle’s existence as a black Creole whose likeness appeared on the Soileau & Sons rum and sugar product packaging through her sister, Alette, who travels to the Louisiana sugar plantation decades later to identify the body in a media frenzy. The unique combination of mystery, persistence, and romance in Song of Redemption keeps a family bound together. Real-world events serve as the basis for the story. Grab a copy of Songs of Redemption by Malika J. Stevely to gain some perspective on the course of events.

I suggest Song of Redemption to history buffs seeking a good book. The richness of the characters and my personal connection to them made the novel much more interesting. Despite the author’s excruciatingly realistic portrayal of American culture, the plot never loses its intrigue. As I read it, the subject grabbed my curiosity, but I didn’t expect to feel as moved as I did. Malika J. Stevely piqued my interest in a variety of previously unconsidered concerns affecting black Americans. Character development is rich and genuine to the setting. Because of the information I have learned, I tip my hat to Malika J. Stevely for her amazing effort. The author made me feel enlightened all the time.