Author: Jamie Scott
Release Date: March 22, 2012
Publisher: Christopher Little LLC
Rating: 3.5 birds
How much would you risk to stand up for your beliefs?
When Duncan and Sarah Powell move with their daughter, May, to Savannah Georgia in 1947, they hope against hope that they’ll be welcomed. But they’re Yankees and worse, they’re civil rights advocates almost a decade too early.
At first May can pretend they’re the same as everyone else. It means keeping quiet when she knows she should speak up, but it’s worth the sacrifice to win friends. Unfortunately her parents are soon putting their beliefs into action. And when they wake to find that they’re the only family on the block with a Ku Klux Klan cross blazing on their front lawn, the time comes for them to finally decide between what’s easy and what’s right.
Let me start by stating that I am a fan of historical fiction books, well at least a fan of what I consider well written historical fiction. That being said I liked this book, it didn’t blow me out of the water but it was put together nicely. The characters besides May were to me a little flat and this book covers a great amount of time rather quickly and the parallel story confused me when it would cut between the two.
I did however like that the book was set in Savannah which is a beautiful city and I got a little of a To Kill a Mockingbird vibe from the court scene but even that could have been written more. The synopsis to me makes the book sound like more will be discussed relative to the civil rights issues but I found that sorely lacking and was disappointed that the climax was written in the book description.
This is however a coming of age story for the central character May and the experiences she encounters I have to wonder if the outcome would have truly been that way. I’ll say again that I did like reading this book but I think a little more could have been added to the characters to make it a little fuller. I do want to make known to the reader that this book does deal with issues that are controversial even today.
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