Dorothea Hubble Bonneau is a master storyteller and character builder who was inspired to write her book by a true story and one of her ancestors. Readers will viscerally experience the sudden and tragic turn of

events for sixteen-year-old Alexandra Degambia, the daughter of a wealthy African-American planter and social-climbing mother who can pass for White. The young, educated violinist leads a privileged

existence in 1807 South Carolina. But when her parents die, she endures captivity and suffers

humiliation and loss beyond her wildest nightmares. Is there any escape? Can she maintain the courage and grace necessary to save her life and the lives of others? Prepare to learn. Prepare to be astonished.


Sherrill Joseph, author

This was the perfect book for the times we are in. If you need a reminder about how horrible slavery was and how people were treated—read this book!! A beautiful piece of literature and the surprise at the end when I read about the author brought tears to my eyes. In some ways, I felt like I was reading about the current time. I am off to find if Dorothea Hubble Bonneau has other books, if not, I cannot wait for something else. Amazing.

Michelle Blake, Goodreads

Poignant and beautifully written.

Full of so much history and great themes that go hand with important state the world is in today.

Get lost in the history and learn so much from this amazingly captivating heroine.


Gina Stamper, Goodreads

Once in a Blood Moon is a fascinating historical novel about free blacks in South Carolina in 1800. Alexandra is sixteen, a talented violinist, and is about to become a debutante when a law is passed declaring her and all blacks to be slaves. This is a thrilling story of terror, conflict and survival interwoven with African spirituality and mysticism. I learned a great deal from this outstanding book, especially about the first blacks arriving in South Carolina in 1526. There are excellent references documenting this little known fact. This riveting book is a great educational resource in our current growing awareness of racism and police brutality.


Beulah Amsterdam PhD, author