Kari Thomas and Jonathan Steele are college students who are deeply in love. But neither their parents nor their small-town neighbors approve of their interracial relationship. When Jonathan's mother executes a plan to "divide and conquer," it works—costing her son almost a year of jail time. Both Kari and Jonathan then spend seven years in misery trying to forget one another. When a lawsuit brings them together again, Jonathan must deal with his feelings of betrayal, and Kari must deal with the bigotry that is buried deep in her heart.

Jonathan handles his and Kari's racial differences like a man who truly loves his woman. He's willing to fight for their right to be together. However, Kari allows outside influences to dictate her life choices, making her an unlikable heroine. (Jul., 276 pp., $8.95)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie R. Sims