I didn’t think this would be a very significant read just judging by the cover even though it’s definitely pretty. I honestly thought this was going to be a romance involving time travel of some sort making it historical fiction. In truth, there’s barely any romance. Definitely my bad.
The writing is amazing, a blend of classic and contemporary with heart and humor despite the heavy themes of the story. Mystery (mainly triggered by the skeleton found at Rowan Chase‘s property) is also a huge element of the story and it’s the main thing that connects the past to the present. There are some parts that are a bit unbelievable or maybe a bit exaggerated and that’s the only thing keeping me from giving it five stars.
But what I love best about the book is it’s straightforward and yet still humble depiction of racial discrimination especially in that part of Tulsa, US where the race riot (and by riot, it meant white folks rioting in the Greenwood district, destroying black folks’ homes, businesses, and lives just because their skin is brown) took place in 1921 and how even almost 80 years later, it’s still a sad reality that racism is still very much happening in many parts of the US, in fact even amidst of the ongoing pandemic.
I didn’t expect this to be a very relevant, informative, and eye-opening read. Even sadder that people were successful in trying to erase this awful historical event from books and it’s only just recently that this important truth is being brought out to the world. It is truly very angering and saddening at the same tine that there were and still are white people who uphold the ideology that the white race is the superior race. I hate that hate crime happened then and still happens all the time. I now understand why the black community needs to be always on the lookout every time a black person is killed because it is more often truer than not that it’s a product of a hate crime.
I highly recommend everyone to read this book in hopes to create more Williams, Rubys, Josephs, Rowans, and Jameses in the world.