In Black & White by Catherine Lavender
Publisher: Chamomile Books LLC
Micah Winters always knew that she was different. It was the pigment of her skin and the texture of her hair that revealed that she was a woman from biracial parents. For five decades, Micah’s African American mother has remained silent about Micah’s estranged father (Sidney Irving). It is not until after Sidney Irving’s death that Micah learns that she is the daughter of the legendary novelist and screenwriter. Now with her mother’s memory fading away from Alzheimer’s disease, Micah can only rely on a novel that was written from her father years ago to understand her parents past during the time of segregation in the United States. Micah’s once simple life is not so simple anymore as she tries to make sense of an unfamiliar world as she inherits her father’s wealth and private past. With an abandoned heart, Micah must forgive the past in order to discover who she really is.
This book had me in a sad state for most of the time I was reading it. I’ve mentioned before how much of a hopeless romantic I am, so it really tore at my heart to see Sidney & Loretta’s story: star crossed lovers that weren’t able to be together because of the color of their skin. I can’t imagine the pain & hurt, not being able to be with the one you love. This story is focused on Micah and how she tries to uncover the story of her parents’ relationship. She’s lived her whole life thinking one thing & finds out through her research, that she has been thinking wrong. As many sad feelings this story caused (pretty much anytime Micah is reading Daisies for Lisa there were tears brewing in my eyes), there were more than a few happy moments, and even some danger as well.
This is the first book I read by this author but I really liked her writing style. She wrote strong characters & the back stories we get on them are consistent with their current lives. She almost mixed in a bit of historical fiction, with all the discoveries Micah makes throughout the story. There were a few spelling inconsistencies with the character names that threw me off, and the beginning of the story seemed to drag a little; once the story started rolling for me though, I was hooked & completely engrossed in finishing the story. All in all, I enjoyed this book even if it did have me on an emotional roller coaster.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Catherine Lavender is from Baltimore, Maryland but now resides in the sunshine state of Florida with her miniature schnauzer named Ripken. She is an animal activist, as well as a supporter of the organization First Book which helps supply literature for underprivileged children. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys reading classic literature and playing the acoustic guitar.