White: The Restoration Trilogy by Denise Weimer
Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Blurb: As historic preservationist Jennifer and brooding bachelor Michael restore his ancestors' historic doctor's residence in a rural Georgia community, they uncover the 1920s-era prejudice and secrets that caused Michael's branch to fall off the family tree. Jennifer's determined to fulfill her first professional position with integrity even if her employer lacks a proper appreciation of history. Far more challenging – and sinister – than the social landscape of Hermon are the strange accidents hinting that someone doesn't want them on the Dunham property. Yet Michael's and Jennifer's own pasts pose the biggest obstacles to laying a fresh foundation of family and community.
|The doctor's house for Denise Weimer's book "White"|
|Apothecary shop for Denise Weimer's novel, "White"|
The title simply and succinctly portrays the plots main issue -- multi-racial families. White has the "feel" of a historical fiction with strong romantic elements. Strong writing, vivid characterization, and a multi-layered plot will keep the reader turning the pages to find out what happens next.
One of the things I loved about Ms. Weimer's story, White, is the subtlety she had in inferring certain "truths" in the story. One major one is the relationship between the heroine and her supervising female professor. Ms. Weimer never has to come out and "tell" the reader what is going on, what the dynamics are, and so she doesn't insult the readers intelligence by doing so. I really appreciated that. She has a similar deft hand with other situations, gently adding threads about the heroine's past that allow the reader to finally see the whole tapestry of why she behaves and thinks as she does.
Thank you Denise Weimer for the advance PDF of the copy. I am under no compulsion to post a positive review and my opinions are my own.
Question: Have you read any books where there are flashbacks to the past? Did this help give a mainly contemporary story a "historical" feel?