My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Guilty by Association was the first time I’d read a Pat Simmons’ book. Won’t be the last! I enjoyed this story so much because of the characters, so rich and real. The hero Kidd Jamieson, a young black man with a major chip on his shoulder, is not one to go looking into his roots. His family comes looking for him.
Since Kidd has rejected his father who abandoned him and his brother Ace and did his mother wrong, Kidd wants nothing to do with the Jamieson clan or their claim of descending from an African king.
Still, he leaves Boston to spend time with them in St Louis and soon it’s apparent that God planned this move in time to save Kidd’s life. Does this get his attention? No, of course not. Kidd’s a stubborn Angry Young Black Man (the author’s words).
His last chance brings him to of all places a rehabilitation facility for seniors and there he meets his match, Eva.
The path of true love never runs smooth especailly when anger still rules a heart. Sometimes I got irritated with the heroine but she is also a work in progress. I admired her commitment to purity, so rare these days.
So if you’ve never read a Pat Simmons’ novel, don’t miss the Jamiesons!
I have a slightly read copy to GIVEAWAY. Leave a comment about any other African-American novel or author you have read.
Or you can leave a comment about any of my lovely strong women of color characters. Which one do you remember?–Lyn