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April 22, 2014

Pub Day! A Life Apart by L. Y. Marlow

by Donna Huber

A Life Apart
I was really hoping to give you a full review today to celebrate the release of A Life Apart by L. Y. Marlow. But I haven't finished it. I'm almost done; only a little more than 20% left to go (the holiday weekend didn't leave me as much time to read as I thought it would). I feel pretty confident that I can wholeheartedly recommend this book. I'm loving it. And I think after you read the sample below you will be pulled into the story of Morris, Agnes, and Beatrice as much as I am. But first, a little about the book.

About the Book

From the author of Color Me Butterfly, the poignant story of a decades-long interracial love affair between a white sailor and the sister of the black sailor who saved his life at Pearl Harbor.

When Morris Sullivan joins the navy in 1940, his hopes are high. Though he leaves behind his new wife and their baby daughter, he is thrilled to be pursuing his lifelong dream-only to be shipped off to Pearl Harbor when the war begins. When he narrowly survives the 1941 attack, thanks to the courage of a black sailor he doesn't know, Morris is determined to seek out the man's family and express his gratitude and respect. On leave, he tracks down the man's sister, and finds an immediate, undeniable connection with the nurturing yet fiercely independent Beatrice, who has left the stifling South of her upbringing for the more liberal, integrated north.

Though both try to deny their growing bond, their connection and understanding is everything missing from Morris's hasty marriage to his high school sweetheart Agnes, and from Beatrice's plodding life as she grieves the brother she has lost. At once a family epic, and a historical drama that takes readers from World War II through the Civil Rights Movement to the present day, A Life Apart is about a love that creates complicated and unbreakable ties between two families that live worlds apart. L.Y. Marlow brings readers along for the emotional journey as Morris and Beatrice's relationship is tested by time, family loyalties, racial tensions, death, unending guilt, and the profound effects of war.

Read the Sample





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