THE SLAVE PLAYERS
What would happen if roles were reversed for white Americans and black Americans in history? Megan Allen takes on this thought and places it in modern day Alabama. While the town's sheriff tries to cover up what really happens to 12 black girls on a bus trip to a camp, the medical examiner sees something different. He and his daughter take it all the way up to the governor, then the President. And chaos starts when the truth comes out in the press. The daughter of the medical examiner I didn't like. She was well written, like all the main characters. I felt she came off as a little bratty. Allen's writing moved along quickly, holding my attention, and making me think. This may be a book that some will either like it or hate it. Will what happened in the book become a reality at some point? I don't know. But the writing does bring out questions, some reality in how the different cultures think (both good and bad), and is very thought provoking.
***I won this paperback copy through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for a fair review.***
THE HOUSE ON FOSTER HILL
Jaime Jo Wright
A parallel story following Ivy in 1905 and Kaine now. Ivy, the great great grandmother of Kaine, is a strong woman who makes it through some tragedy. Kaine has her own tragedies, and starts looking to find her own strength to move on. Wright tells the story in alternating chapters. Her main characters are well writing. The Kaine story is a little more predictable but overall, I enjoyed the book. Wright kept the plot moving along well. The small town setting, the house, and those that become fast friends with Kaine give the story some personality.
CITY OF HOPE
An Irish immigrant, Ellie, returns to New York city after her husband dies. Kerrigan gives Ellie some depth with Ellie's strength, independence, and entrepreneurship in the 1930s. I did find some parts slow moving but overall, the story is good. Following Ellie through her trials and tribulations was enough to keep my interest. Kerrigan does describe small town Ireland and depression era New York City well.
Cast Two Shadows: The American Revolution in the South
I was browsing the shelves when I found this book. Usually, an author sticks with the big events of the American Revolution, but Rinaldi sets this book in the south. Caroline, the main character, is 14 years old and sees how the war has separated her family's loyalty, as well as how it has affected her friends. The British have taken over her family's plantation; her father is thrown in jail for supporting the patriots; the brother is fighting for the British. She sees some horrors on both sides and learns some secrets about herself as well. At some points, the reading is a little dry. Overall, a good book, though, YA readers who like historical fiction.