Book: love unfeigned
Author: Nadine C. Keels
Love to the chords of a classic jazz band…
From the first time Lorraine, a plucky and competitive girl, contends on the playground against Isaiah, an impish boy whose smile gleams in more ways than one, the two of them can’t help knowing each other. Neither can they avoid passions and misfortunes lining the path to young adulthood, and when the breakup of Isaiah’s family disrupts the haven he’s shared with Lorraine, their natural relationship is eventually threatened by jealousy, grave trauma, and abandonment. As one year follows another, and another, what might it take to reunite these two companions in love: love undeniably real and unbounded by time?
“Everything didn’t have to turn out perfect. I just wanted you there.”
This story is so adorable I love it! A lot of times stories about best friends who fall in love take place from when they're in their teens. They've loved another for years and one of them finally takes the step. What I love about this story is the different take it has on it. Their love starts out young, almost from the beginning, but time, distance, and just life gets in the way. It's a story of love finding it's way back for the better and for good. I especially loved that big twist toward the end, I definitely hadn't seen that coming! A sweet short read that made me fall in love with it from the beginning.
"If a dude never has to work for anybody's respect, then he ends up not respecting anybody, he'll never know how to."
"You could have called me anything you wanted, good or bad, and I would've loved it. Would've used it to introduce myself to strangers, would've worn it on a name tag, plastered to my forehead."
"Being a child is huge and momentous. That's where your life starts. The big deal isn't so much what you were doing, running around or whatever, but it's about who you were running around with. It's shared history. You were becoming something with someone."