The Art Director of a publishing house, Leah Downey never dreamed that her life would be changed by an act of kindness to a white man she took to be a derelict. Divorced New York cop Jason Horn goes on a bender for several days after receiving word of the tragic death of his young son Michael. Jason has no memory of how he ended up on Leahs steps, but Leahs kind act of leaving him a cup of coffee touches his battered soul.

Determined to say thanks, Jason later returns and invites Leah out for coffee. Leah reluctantly agrees and when Jason continues to pursue her, they discover an intense mutual attraction. Leah has been involved in a steady if unexciting relationship with Allen for the past two years, but somehow she feels something is missing. Allen takes Leah for granted and despite his protestations, she doesnt feel he is truly committed to their relationship. An overheard conversation during the holidays soon proves Leah right, for Allen has always been obsessed with Leahs flamboyant sister and roommate Gail.

Hurt by Allens betrayal, yet also relieved, Leah allows her relationship with Jason to deepen. Jasons work on the police juvenile task force is another potential sticking point, for in Leahs experience, police officers are more often than not symbols of oppression, rather than protection. Despite the formidable odds, will their love for each other be strong enough and deep enough to survive the criticism and pressure of disapproving friends and relatives?

THE COLOR OF LOVE is a tender, romantic, yet realistic look at the problems that still face an inter-racial couple in the 1990s. Talented author Sandra Kitt demonstrates her tremendous storytelling ability with this compelling, insightful and emotional novel. A truly marvelous read. (Mar., 398 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith