|Nice traditional romance with an HEA. I liked this story very much and it was excellent counter programming to my other current read Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS. This is my first romance with a blind character, and I thought it was well portrayed. But does he have to fall for the guy with the scarred face who is terribly self conscious of his disfigurements? That just seems a bit too convenient and kind of waters down the message of acceptance.|
Ok, I have to admit to the sin of skimming. My punishment was the fact that I missed a semi-major plot line (or at least I think I did). This book seemed to have aspirations of a serial killer detective novel, but not quite the ambition. What I did like was the everyday family and career issues that the couples deal with, and that is what kept me going. I'm glad I saw this to the end and I'm glad to move on to other things.
Too much unexplained (or explained too late) angst. Too much of Frank rationalizing why he doesn't want Robert. If you like the idea of how a friendship evolves from childhood through adulthood, I suggest Full Circle.
Cherished was a bit over the top, but dealing with mourning step children is probably a thing, even if the mother has been gone for a few years. Blessed had too much eating, too much baby lust and not enough communication.
Photo CreditFrank Hurley (1885–1962) - National Library of Australia - Tom Crean rears an Antarctic family, Public Domain,https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index...
I'm sadly disappointed. It seemed as if the author couldn't decide if this was a memoir or a historical account of upper class African American society in 20th century America. The view into Ms. Jefferson's upbringing was unsurprisingly normal to the non POC reader, save for the underlying pressure to be better than the rest, to never slip up, to uphold unrealistic expectations imposed in an Faustian bargain for fair and equal treatment. I found her firsthand personal accounts the strongest part of the book. Unfortunately these were interspersed and often overshadowed with accounts of other historical figures and events leading to a confusing jumble. The subject matter was good, compelling even, but the presentation left me flat.
2016 reading challenge checks the box for 16. A memoir