Readers are captivated by Marvin V. Blakes page-turner book packed with suspense, romance, and history.

San Diego, CA – WEBWIRE

This book received the Filmways Pictures Certificate of Book Excellence Seal Award.

Self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet will display the award winning, critically acclaimed, historical fiction novel Why by Marvin V. Blake, at the London Book Fair. The book trade fair will take place on April 18-20, 2023, at Olympia London, London, UK.

Why is an epic story chronicling the lives of two sisters born in 1847, just three days apart on Virginias wealthy Rosewood Plantation. One girl, Rebecca, is white; the other girl,Mandy, is Rebeccas sisterher black-slave.

Together, inseparable, the girls grow up under the strict Southern Laws that separate black and white, in the Antebellum South.

When the owners of the plantation, the Billings family, hires a young and progressive Irish immigrant, Miss Eleanor Leary, to tutor their children, Rebecca and her older brother Jesse, a whole new world is opened up for the black slave girl Mandy.

Ignoring Southern-Law that prohibited the teaching of Slaves to read and write, Miss Leary, includes Mandy in their lessons, teaching the girls, American and World Literature. And helping Mandy to discard the insidious feelings of racial inferiority and self-loathing, that she has harbored her entire life.

As the sisters navigate their way through three co-existing 19th-century American cultures the privileged world of the Souths antebellum slaveholding, white planter society; the oppressed communities of enslaved Black people; and the noble, nomadic hunter-gatherer society of the plains Indians the two girls find themselves facing turbulent events that will force them to choose between sibling-love and loyalty, and the love between a man and a woman.

This gripping story of equality, racism, and choice is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the complexities of 19th-century American history and the enduring power of human connection.

Get ready to embark on a captivating journey through time. Order a copy of Marvin V. Blakes Why on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit the ReadersMagnet exhibit at stand #6A90 at the London Book Fair to check out the books display.

To learn more about the author Marvin V. Blake, check out his website at

Author | Marvin V. Blake
Genre | Historical Fiction
Publisher | Book Vine Press
Published date | April 18, 2022


Marvin was raised in the then-racially segregated housing projects of Baltimore, Maryland. He is a six-year veteran of the U.S. Navy. Marvin is a graduate of the U.S. Navys Hospital-Corps School, the U.S. Navys School of Medical Technology, Long Island University, and New Yorks New School University.