When I saw the summary of this book I knew I had to read it. Gray Love tells the story of a white judge who is also a member of the KKK and a black lawyer who meet quite by accident and fall madly in love. Then, the truth comes out.
I love the interracial plot. This sucked me in from the beginning and I was very interested to see where author Maya Seymour would take it and how she would handle it. I also knew from the beginning that it would unleash some very strong emotions from me. Mainly, sadness and anger. The reason behind those emotions is the fact that hate is still so strong in our world today.
The author took us into the world of the Ku Klux Klan, deep into this horrible world and the people behind the sheets. The violence and hatred is so strong and jumped off of the pages so vividly at me it was sickening. Seymour tried to show us the reasons that these people feel it is ok to hide and hate.
Though she did a good job, it didn’t wash with me. For me, there is no good reason to hate another person because of color or religion or anything. None. So I felt anger almost throughout the entire book but I do believe that is part of what the author intended for us to feel. This peek into the world of the KKK is by no means a pretty one.
But, I also feel hope that people can change. I absolutely loved the attorney Hannah Collins. She is a strong, independent woman who fell in love, period. When she finds out about the judge Mathew Stephens being not only involved but the Grand Wizard of the KKK she is hurt, betrayed but some part of her still loves him. The way she handles things — and I won’t ruin anything by giving spoilers — is amazing!
I enjoyed the family interaction. I felt like a visitor sitting on the sofa in the characters’ homes just watching what was taking place with them. The bond between Hannah and her parents is very strong and refreshing to read.
On the other hand, I was somewhat disappointed to find Gray Love not so much a romance as a mystery with lots of KKK goings-on. The romance between the judge and Hannah was there but was not a huge part of the story. Furthermore, the novel was slow getting started and the ending could have been better with more questions answered, but I am hoping that there is another book on the horizon.
Overall, though, Gray Love is a wonderful story that begs to be read.
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