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Marvin V. Blake’s Historical Fiction Book “Why” All Set to Be Displayed at the 2023 London Book Fair

Readers are captivated by Marvin V. Blake’s 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 Virginia’s wealthy Rosewood Plantation. One girl, Rebecca, is white; the other girl, Mandy, is Rebecca’s sister…her 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 South’s 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. Blake’s “Why” on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit the ReadersMagnet exhibit at stand #6A90 at the London Book Fair to check out the book’s 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. Navy’s Hospital-Corps School, the U.S. Navy’s School of Medical Technology, Long Island University, and New York’s New School University.

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 2023 London Book Fair

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