Every girl loves a good romance, especially if its in the vein of best sellers like The Help and The Notebook. When you combine the elements of those two books and set it against the backdrop of a racially divided college campus, you get Being Plumville.
Being Plumville centers around soul mates Coralee Simmons and Benjamin Drummond. Coralee is the daughter of the Drummond family maid and Ben is the only child of one of the town's wealthiest families. Ben and Coralee are each other's best friend and confidante. Ben's protectiveness of Coralee terrifies his mother which drives her to tell Patty, Coralee's mother to not bring Coralee to their home anymore in fear of the two becoming romantically entangled. The silliness of keeping apart a four year old and a seven year old over what may potentially happen in the future is a bit hard to swallow, but interracial relationships were taboo back then so even the hint of one was enough to take drastic measures.
Luckily for Ben and Coralee fate drives them back together during the tumultuous 60's at Solomon College and the feelings they once had for one another return a thousand fold. Family and friends do not make things easy for the two of them, but the love Ben has for his "Ceelee" runs deeper than the racism and ignorance that runs prevalent on their campus.
Savannah Frierson is a dynamic author whose work I will be following from here on out. Being Plumville is about to be re released, and I hope those of you who have never heard of this author and her work will take the time to visit her website at http://sjfbooks.com/ . Let's get Being Plumville on the NYT Bestseller List where it belongs!