The Girl at the Back of the Bus

Suzette D. Harrison

I watched in awe as Miz Rosa stopped those men on the bus with her clear, calm “no” and I thought about that word. What if I said no? What if I refused to follow the path these White folks wanted for us? What if I kept this precious baby?

Montgomery, Alabama, 1955

On a cold December evening, Mattie Banks packs a suitcase and leaves her family home. Sixteen years old and pregnant, she has already made the mistake that will ruin her life and disgrace her widowed mother. Boarding the 2857 bus, she sits with her case on her lap, hoping that the driver will take her away from disaster. Instead, Mattie witnesses an act of bravery by a woman named Rosa Parks that changes everything. But as Mattie strives to turn her life around, the dangers that first led her to run are never far away. Forging a new life in a harsh world at constant risk of exposure, Mattie will need to fight to keep her baby safe.

Atlanta, Georgia, present day

Ashlee Turner is going home. Her relationship in ruins, her career held back by prejudice, she is returning to the family who have always been her rock. But Ashlee’s home is not the safe haven she remembers. Her beloved grandmother is dying and is determined to share her story before she leaves…

When Ashlee finds a stack of yellowing letters hidden in her nana’s closet, she can’t help the curiosity that compels her to read, and she uncovers an old secret that could wreak havoc on her already grieving family. As she tries to make sense of what she has learned, Ashlee faces a devastating choice: to protect her loved ones from the revelations, or honor her grandmother’s wishes and follow the path to the truth, no matter where it may lead.

For readers of The Help, Orphan Train and Before We Were Yours comes a beautiful and heartbreaking novel about redemption, family secrets and the spirit of survival found at the hardest time.

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I loved it so much… By the end of the book I was crying because of how great this story was. This story touched my heart so much.” Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “If I could increase the ratings on this I wouldI was literally blown away by this story… I can’t see anything surpassing this. I need more books like this.” Read Along with Sue

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Where do I start? For the first time, I am left speechless after reading a book. Speechless because the narrative just grabbed me by my core… I laughed, but mostly cried… Five stars.” Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I didn’t want it to end, and when it did, I found myself smiling through the tears. This book will stay with me for a very long time.” Sibbzreads

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Heartbreaking, amazing book that I honestly think will stay with me for the whole of my life!” NetGalley reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Compulsively readable… I couldn’t put it down… Fast-moving narratives kept me turning the page well past my bedtime.” Stacks and Stitches

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This book is brilliant!… Incredibly captivating. I was hooked… I read it into the early hours… Heart-warming and heartbreaking in abundance… tears were shed.” Bestselling author Carla Kovach

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “The characters are beautifully written and I came to love them within the first few pages and was rooting for them all the way to the end. At times I wanted to stop reading because I just wanted the experience to go on for longer.” Weekend Book Club

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “What a brilliant book this is! I absolutely loved this story and found it difficult to put down… I wanted to sit under mister moonlight and watch the sun set with all of them. Wouldn’t say no to trying those tea cakes too…” NetGalley reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Heartbreaking.” Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Wonderful.” NetGalley reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Wow, if you read one book in the next few months, make it The Girl at the Back of the Bus. I laughed with both Mattie and Ashlee and I cried with them both.” Goodreads reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This is an exceptional book!… I loved both main characters and felt invested in their lives… Will stay with me for a long time.” Goodreads reviewer

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