Kristin expected no more than a brief distraction from lingering feelings for her ex-husband when she took her first trip to Ghana. In a slave castle on the Gulf of Guinea, she walked along the same passageway that countless African captives had been forced to walk down for centuries, and was brought face-to-face with the indisputable link between the African Diaspora and the Motherland. Back home in the nation's capital, she was inspired by the 'Skegee Spirit to reach out to the descendants of captured Africans who lost their footing during the American slave experience. She called on childhood (s)heroes - Lewis Adams, Rosa Parks, and George Washington Carver, who helped her galvanize her search for an effective and lasting means of helping the black American "underbelly" out of their stagnation - a legacy left by their traumatized ancestors.

The enticements of her former husband - and her mysterious attachment to his daughter - threatened to lock Kristin forever in her past. How could she possibly forget the love that she and Winston shared in Tuskegee? The old school music of the early 70s always took her back in an instant, forcing her to remember their first date under the "wine tree" at the big T. I. and the strength of their love in the quaint college town.

Linda Pace Samuel

The spell was finally broken after an unexpected physical challenge interrupted her life and propelled Kristin toward her destiny. Undoubtedly, the effort required to reunite the African Diaspora in America with the Motherland equated to fitting a square peg into a round hole. It was clear that the rewards to both sides of the ocean would be staggering. But could it be done?

Was it possible for Kristin to do the impossible, and lead the way home?


A Mother for Celeste is a rich tale of African-American history that introduces an alternative theory to the origin of racism. The sometimes-comical story is woven around the saga of a blended family whose lives were marred by missed opportunities, painful secrets, and a mystical love hanging in the balance.

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