Monday, January 27, 2014

End of the Line by Jim Power

 Title:  End of the Line
Author:  Jim Power
Published:  October 27th 2013 by Secret Cravings Publishing
Length:  294pgs
Format:  ebook
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Latesha Thomas is a beautiful, young African-American woman who lives with her handicapped father. She is in her final year of university and they are having a hard time making ends meet. She decides to start a matchmaking service to make a little extra money, though she has no experience and it turns out to be a disaster. She does, however, meet a client, a handsome white man named Peter Elsworth. The sparks fly immediately, but there’s a huge problem. Her father, and his mother, are vehemently opposed to an interracial relationship. This leads to tremendous conflict, but their love will not be denied. They grow closer, yet the closer they become, the more the tension rises. In time a secret connection between their two worlds become clear and this adds another dimension of conflict and complexity. But love is color blind and they are irresistibly drawn to one another.

My Review:

Power is shockingly to the point. He approaches topics in a manner that you don’t normally think about. There were some times that I laughed so hard and at other times I cringed. I really appreciated the Canadian outlook on the entire tale. It made me feel quite at home. He also combines many aspects of society and history into a very in-depth tale.

The characters in this novel began as somewhat stock characters. The main characters really came to life throughout when you got to know more about them. The female lead grated on my nerves, but she was definitely the individual that she was raised to be. The supporting cast did remain rather stock, but filled their places in the story quite well.

Overall this was a very provocative & evocative tale but I had a lot of difficulty really getting into it. It was an enjoyable read that will make you take a second look at the way you think about things.

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