I really enjoy a book about "back in the day."
A Life Apart by L.Y. Marlow is a book set in the 40s. Here's what it's about as posted on Amazon.com:
Morris Sullivan joins the navy in 1940 with a love of ships and high hopes. Though he leaves behind his new wife, Agnes, and their baby daughter, he is thrilled to be pursuing his lifelong dream—but things change when he is 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 in his own hometown of Boston—and finds an immediate and 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 and from Beatrice's plodding life as she grieves the brother she has lost. At once a family epic and a historical drama that brings the streets and neighborhoods of Boston vividly to life from World War II through the civil rights era to the present day, A Life Apart takes readers along for the emotional journey as Morris and Beatrice's relationship is tested by time, family loyalties, unending guilt, racial tensions, death, and the profound effects of war.
I liked Morris, but at the same time, I felt for his wife Agnes. She's his high school sweetheart who he marries, but when he returns from war she finds Morris changed.
Well, Morris is saved during an attack by a black sailor named Robert. He decides to find Robert's and becomes close with Beatrice, his sister. How close? Well, you'll have to read the book.
The book spans from the 1940s to the 1980s, so you get to see how the different characters grow and change. The chapters also change from different point of views.
A very good book that will hold your interest. It also made me appreciate our soldiers even more and made me feel embarrassed on how African American's were treated.
L.Y. Marlow, the author, also wrote another book called Color Me Butterfly.
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A Life Apart will be available to purchase on April 22nd, but you can pre-order on Amazon now!
**I was not paid for this post. I was given a free copy of the book to review. My opinions are my own**