Here’s another great book. It is actually on my 2016 reading list because I read an early copy, but it just released this month. Color of Love by Anita Stansfield is a Regency romance with a unique twist. The heroine is a colored girl of Indian descent and, therefore, doesn’t fit into English society…and never will.
The British aristocracy is an inflexible judge. And for Amala, a lovely young Indian woman, that judgment is most keenly felt. Raised from a child by the wealthy Hepworth family following the murder of her parents, Amala grew up alongside the Hepworth’s own daughter, Katarina, and was loved as both sister and daughter. The family is part of the charmed circle of the upper class, but Amala’s place in society is tenuous. As an Indian woman, her life is marked by a sense of otherness and voices of prejudice. So when she embarks upon a sweet acquaintance with Henry Breckenridge, a white Englishman, Amala is both elated and terrified. She knows first-hand the opposition that an interracial couple would face, and courtship with Henry could destroy his standing in society.
Determined to spare the reputations of both Henry and her sister Katarina, Amala flees England with the hope that an extended trip will allow her time to heal her broken heart. But she never imagined the repercussions of that decision, and the heartbreak awaiting her. For when she returns to England, she finds those she holds dear facing unparalleled devastation. And now it is her love that holds the key to healing a broken family .
Amala’s position in English society broke my heart. She was such a beautiful, talented, cultured girl–raised to act English–but because of the color of her skin, she could not break through crusty barriers of those around her. When she meets Henry Breckenridge, they are mutually attracted to each other, but she cannot bear to burden him with all the horrible consequences that marrying her and bringing half-breed children into the world would bring him. Running away brings another kind of heart-break to both of them, but they must move on for society will never allow a mixed marriage.
This story took place over several heart-breaking years and it really tugged at the old heartstrings, let me tell you. I liked the twists and surprises as I turned the pages, and felt it was a gratifying read. My only hangup was that Amala’s adopted family seemed a little too tolerant and casual for that time period and their ranking in English society, but I could overlook that because it’s how I wish more of them would have behaved back then.
Overall, I ranked this a solid 4 to 4.5 on Amazon and Goodreads, and a 3 on my critical Sweet Scale. It was an enjoyable story that showed the different faces (or colors) of love people can feel for one another, and how these feelings can change, grow, or wilt depending on how we act on them.
About the Author
Anita Stansfield is an imaginative and prolific writer whose romantic stories have captivated her readers. Her popularity stems from her ability to empathize with and write about the issues that women deal with on a daily basis. (I’ve read tons of her books, yet haven’t made a dent in the pile she has written. This writer really is prolific).
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