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The Talk of the Town (Daughters of the Great Depression) Hardcover – October 12, 2011
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Luke is my dream come true. He's a man that's been through Hell (some of which he was thrown into as a child and some of which he brought upon himself), and he emerges from prison with a truly new lease on life. He's not going to be in that revolving door system. He's too mature — too wise — too good. Trying to make his one dream from prison come true, which is too much of a spoiler to share, he moves back to the small town that basically hates the idea of an ex-con joining their ranks. He's unwelcome, and he knows it. He tries anyway.
He arrives wearing an ill-fitting suit and a tough demeanor, and he catches the eye of Roxie from the first second. She avoids him at first, but that doesn't stop her from defending him and his right to a second chance when all stand against him and her opinions. When no one will hire him due to his history, she takes a chance on him. It burns Luke's pride that it's out of pity, and she knows it. Instead of leaving, however, he decides to do the best he can to earn a life for himself.
The chemistry between the two sparks from the beginning, but society along with Roxie's nosy siblings succeed in keeping them apart. As if that isn't a big enough challenge, Roxie and Luke take turns backing off. Roxie is afraid of being hurt again, and Luke is afraid of others treating her like a pariah just as he's treated.
Eventually, we get to a resolution of sorts, and I, personally, couldn't have been more thrilled. This is my favorite ex-con story yet.
*If anyone has recommendations for others of this nature, I'd greatly appreciate them. Thank you!*
Roxie Mitchell is already fodder for the small town gossip circuit. She’s—gasp--unmarried at the age of twenty five, she has an education, and she has a responsible (i.e. man’s) job. But when Luke Bauer, the town bad boy, returns from prison and she gives him a job, the tongues start wagging double time. Roxie is well liked, and all of her friends are determined to save her from Luke’s evil influence. Roxie is not amused.
Luke has changed in the years he spent in prison, realizing that he made stupid mistakes and wanting nothing more than to live a hard-working and honest life. The townspeople are not predisposed to give him a chance, and Roxie fights for him, further imperiling her reputation. Baker’s rendition of small town behavior is bull’s eye correct all the way.
I really recommend The Talk of the Town!