July 5, 2014

Review: The End of the Line

The End of the Line by Jim Power
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Romance
Release Date: October 27, 2013
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Book Description:

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.

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When I first read the description of End of the Line, I knew that I wanted to review this book. I wanted to see how the author handled the subject matter. Mr. Power did not disappoint in this wonderfully sweet story about two young people who have to overcome the objections of their parents.

Peter and Latesha are great characters that I enjoyed spending several hours with as I watched their relationship develop. It just felt right for them to be together and I wanted them to have their happily-ever-after ending.

Even though the story touched a few things that interracial couples may face in the world, it still managed to not be about tolerance and social issues, but just a good romance.

There were a few things in this story that I didn’t care for, such as the overuse of the word “smirk” and I felt that the ending of the story was a bit rushed. However, neither of these things are enough for me to not recommend this story to anyone looking for a great way to spend a several hours curled with a good book.

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Author Bio:

Jim Power (1957- ) has been published internationally by 60 magazines and newspapers, including by the Smithsonian Institution, and by many of the top outdoors magazines in North America. He has a long history of publishing fiction, from dozens of short stories in New York magazines to seven novels in 2013/2014.

He studied Honors English at Saint Mary's University and majored in Russian Literature at Dalhousie University before becoming a writer. Jim was also once a dedicated hitch-hiker, hitch-hiking tens of thousands of kilometres in his life, including trips across Canada and from Nova Scotia to New York City, where he wormed his way into the Big Apple and played softball in Harlem on a beautiful Sunday morning in autumn.

Jim has a long history of playing sports, including fastball, lacrosse and tennis, and he loves the outdoors.

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