Thursday, March 21, 2019

Giveaway: Inventing Victoria

I have a signed advance copy of this new historical novel from Tonya Bolden for one lucky winner.

As a young black woman in 1880s Savannah, Essie's dreams are very much at odds with her reality. Ashamed of her beginnings, but unwilling to accept the path currently available to her, Essie is trapped between the life she has and the life she wants.
Until she meets a lady named Dorcas Vashon, the richest and most cultured black woman she's ever encountered. When Dorcas makes Essie an offer she can't refuse, she becomes Victoria. Transformed by a fine wardrobe, a classic education, and the rules of etiquette, Victoria is soon welcomed in the upper echelons of black society in Washington, D. C. But when the life she desires is finally within her grasp, Victoria must decide how much of herself she is truly willing to surrender.

In a searing historical novel, Tonya Bolden illuminates post-Reconstruction America in an intimate portrait of a determined young woman who dares to seize the opportunity of a lifetime.

(from back cover)


  1. Thank you! I have a bunch of students who would be happy to read this!

  2. The best historical fiction book I am currently reading with 5th grade is The Watson's go to Birmingham, they are loving it.

  3. I have several students who would love this book.

  4. A work of historical fiction that has stuck with me is The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz. This one sounds great too!

  5. Caroline DonnellanMarch 25, 2019 at 5:52 AM

    I would love to add this book to my library's collection! I have many students who love historical fiction.