Love on the Line

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Identity, attitudes, and culture collide as a mother and daughter's values and backgrounds are challenged by everyone around them in this moving, often humorous, and unforgettable novel from laura castoro

It ain't easy being biracial and a trust fund baby, but blue-eyed Jesse Morgan is determined to just be herself at an eastern college—where no one will know who or what she is...unless she chooses to tell them. What Jesse doesn't yet realize is that "no past" doesn't equal "no problems."

High-powered executive Thea Morgan is marrying Rev. Xavier Thornton—the former athlete and successful black businessman-turned-pastor, a man she first fell in love with at sixteen. A fair-skinned black woman who cracked the glass ceiling in the Texas oil business, Thea assumes her identity difficulties are behind her. She hasn't yet met Xavier's new congregation in a down-on-its-luck Arkansas town...nor Mrs. Hattie Patterson—the matriarch of St. Hurricane Church who has fixed opinions about how a minister's wife should behave. Will Thea lose her struggles to win over Xavier's congregation, people who just don't understand her big-city ways? It will take every bit of her humor, business acumen, and just plain hard-loving to deal with her crisis of faith and the sinking feeling that, just maybe, love can't conquer all.

Like mother, like daughter, Thea and Jesse discover that sometimes to get what you need most you to have to put everything, even love, on the line.

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Laura Castoro's newest explores blended family relationships. Thea Morgan had a brief fling with Xavier Thornton when she was 16 but then Xavier went on to athletic fame, Thea married a white man, had a blue-eyed daughter and became a young widow. When the story starts, that daughter, Jesse, is about to go to college, and Xavier, now a pastor, has found Thea again, and they are engaged to be married. However, when Xavier becomes the minister of a smalltown Arkansas church, hostile churchgoers, the demands on Thea's time and a profound unhappiness with smalltown life take their toll. Meanwhile, Jesse is having trouble fitting in at college. Thea and Jesse are well-drawn characters, strong independent women who readers will love. Xavier, however, is far too perfect to be interesting; it doesn't matter who he is, but merely what he represents—a good man and a relationship worth fighting for. While this African-American novel won't distinguish itself in the field, it is a satisfying read. (Feb.)
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Thea Morgan, a widow, has worked many years to reach the top of her profession, and as an African American woman, she’s had to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Then she marries former sports celebrity Xavier Thornton, who has left wealth and fame to answer the call of the ministry. When Xavier says yes to an appointment at a small AME church in Arkansas, the charismatic athlete is greeted with open arms. The congregation’s reaction to Thea is another story altogether. Her skin is suspiciously light, and she has a career of her own. They expect what they consider to be a traditional preacher’s wife—a soft-spoken, modestly dressed woman who’s ready to volunteer at the church at the drop of a hat. In the meantime, Thea’s biracial daughter, Jesse, is having identity problems of her own. Castoro’s many-faceted novel honestly addresses significant universal issues—the give-and-take of marriage, self-sacrifice, the search for identity, prejudice, and preconceptions. Readers who enjoy emotionally fulfilling stories will find that this one more than fits the bill. --Shelley Mosley

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