The Waltz of Devil’s Creek by Justine Carver

I just loved this novel, and how it was written! Judith was born into a poor family and near the colored neighborhood, but her parents raised her to treat everyone with respect no matter what color their skin. As Judith has grown up, she has come to see how certain people are treated, how there is different stores, bathrooms and churches depending on your skin color and poverty level.

Her father did his best to shelter her from the evils of the world. Until one day, she is taken advantage of from someone who is supposed to be one of the most trustworthy people, one who is to be looked to for truth, advice and safety. The outcome of what happened soon becomes apparent and Judith doesn’t quite understand how no one is believing of her. How could they believe she made this “lie” up to try and gain money or an upper hand on this person?

Very quickly Judith is coming to terms with the evil that is in the world and that the color of your skin and poverty level is what determines whether you a trustworthy or not. It doesn’t matter the facts at hand, it matters what people want to believe, and make others to believe. As Judith tries to fight for the justice of what happened, things only continue to get worse and others in her neighborhood are also targeted for “her” problem.

This novel really opened the eyes up to how things were handled in the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s. When the color of your skin and the money in your bank determined your status and outcome of life, and that the law could always be on your side and in your favor. I really enjoyed how the author wrote the story through Judith finally being able to come to terms with everything that happened throughout her life, and telling her story to her son finally.

Thank you to Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for the invite, another book I would have never found otherwise. Thank you to the author for the autographed free book, another to go on my autographed shelf for keeps.

The Waltz of Devil’s Creek
by Justine Carver

Publication Date: October 20, 2020

Genre: Historical Fiction/Coming of Age



Judith Campbell is dying, and she cannot take the painful truth about where her son came from to the grave with her. While on her deathbed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1994, Judith tells him the tragic story of his conception, and which of two men his birth father could be: the young man who professed his love to her, or the pastor who assaulted her.

Set in the Deep South in 1947, The Waltz of Devil’s Creek digs into the dark crevices of racism and women’s rights during a heated political climate in an era of segregation. Combined with Judith’s lack of social stature, and at a time when reporting sexual assault was unheard of, every injustice is stacked against her from the very beginning.

But there is a light in Judith’s young life: her best friend, Joseph Bird, who has loved her since childhood. Joseph stands up for Judith when no one else will and proves that even in the darkest of times, a light is always burning.

“The Waltz of Devil’s Creek is a poignant and memorable tale that outshines the standard conventions of its genre.” ~ The Booklife Prize

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About the Author

Justine Carver was born and raised in the Southern United States on a heavy dose of creek-wading, lightning-bug-catching, and Saturday morning cartoons. She is a full-time writer, all-the-time reader, and every now and then, she pulls her head out of the clouds long enough to remember how much better it is up there.

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