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I love the cover although I don't think the cover models help give a clear picture of how the characters are supposed to look. I didnt realize that there would be two love stories in one (which is a plus in my opinion) but to me it seemed that although this was advertised to be Jon and Cali's story I felt that we received more from Jimmy and Mary! Jonathan was marked the most hate filled man on Oyster Island but honestly in spite of the things he'd done, I didn't quite feel it.... He and Cali's relationship seemed very forced at first as did Mary and Jimmy's so for me it's safe to say in the beginning I struggled with it and I almost put the book down for good! Initially the constant use of the word "Colored" annoyed the heck out of me an although I'm aware that this is a historical an in those times, terms such as those were used, I had to remind myself a few times and after thinking about it I appreciate the author choosing to use "Colored" especially when being used by a klan instead of using other demeaning hateful words. Also It made me feel some type of way that the Author continuously referred to Mary as beautiful (especially in Jimmy's eyes and that's wonderful IMO) and even compared her looks an silhouette to that of an Angel at one point in the book but the only physical attributes that were mentioned over and over according to the narrator about Cali, was her golden brown skin and golden "cat eyes" (which Jon seemed to love 😍) as well as the need to mention her long hair several times but never really using the word beautiful. I just feel that the Author had no trouble complimenting the beauty of her past black female characters Pearl and Rose because in their description their features were more European (especially Rose) but she seems to struggle with black female characters who are described in so many words as having more African features and when reading that's a problem for me. Makes me wonder if we look more "black" (native or african) are we not beautiful in the eyes of some? I mean hey let's recap for a moment, Sadie was characterized as fat and unattractive multiple times in her story never did she reach the height of being labeled a beauty where as the use of the word beautiful when speaking of Pearl and Rose were limitless!😕 Anyhow when the plot of the story really started to unfold the author began to grab my attention and I continued to read wanting to see how it would end. *Semi Spoiler Alert********
Although I kept waiting for Jon to do something romantically remarkable to make up for his ways and truly display his love and affection for Cali making me as the reader root for them, it fell short for me. I guess I can conclude that the story did however end on a HEA and although this book didn't really grab me, Ms Locke is a great storyteller and I give her props for writing a historical romance especially being that it's interracial (not many choose to nor can many deliver). I must admit though that the ending where Cali and her sister happen upon Mr. Lewes (owner of the Sapphire Club) does have me wanting to read the next installment in the series if there will be one! If so I just pray that it compares or tops the first book in this series (Plucking of the Pearl) which so far is my favorite in the Oyster Island series! An I hope that the description of the next lead black female character is recognized accordingly just as any lead in a romance novel or I hate to say it but I'll "be out"! I rate Two and 1/2 🌟🌟⭐ stars! I apologize if some find fault with my long review but I was actually torn on if I should leave one or not, and decided that I should, ☺ hey I did pay $3.99 for my electronic copy so hey why shouldn't my honest review count.....
This is the fourth installment in Afton Locke’s Oyster Harbor series, “where passion and race collide”. Taking place in the 1930’s, readers instantly become aware of the tensions, hatred and fear between the characters. Nevertheless, this is a romance story and Locke has managed to show how two completely different characters could fall in love despite their current situation. Although I found the story entertaining, there was really two love stories in one, I wished the author included more history into the story. This was the first story I’ve read by Locke and I am interested in reading the other books in the series.
By Cilla, the BookManiac