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A night of celebration ends in tragedy, shocking Cole Patterson to his core. Cole’s brother breaks his promise not to drink and drive, causing a fatal accident. Cole greets the victims’ family, shouldering his brother’s guilt since he was no longer there to do it himself. Yet when he sees Margot Reed, something other than grief and guilt fills his soul.
If Margot never sees the inside of a hospital emergency room again, it will be too soon. Barely registering the haggard, yet expensively tailored man trying to give his condolences, she nearly collapses under the weight of her sorrow at losing her family in one fell swoop. But Cole is there to support her that night, and he doesn’t seem inclined to ever stop. Margot can’t bring herself to mind.
Brought together by mutual sadness, Cole and Margot forge a friendship where the possibility of love and loss looms on the horizon.
During the turbulent 1960s, two best friends, one black and one white, wrestle with their feelings for each other in this bittersweet novel.
Living in the small, southern town of Plumville is effortless, seamless, and safe . if you follow the rules. You're given them from birth, and anything that could possibly make you break them is removed from your life-even if it's your best friend.
Such is the case for Benjamin Drummond and Coralee Simmons, two best friends separated during childhood because Benjamin is white, Coralee is black, and relationships between the two races are unspoken in its taboo. However, fifteen years later during the turbulent 1960s, Benjamin and Coralee are reunited, and despite their upbringing, neither are able to deny what they had in their innocent youth, nor suppress the desire to rekindle it-maybe even into something more.
The reunion forces the pair and those around them to examine the consequences of following the status quo versus following their hearts. Is friendship too high a price to pay to be Plumville? Is love? Will Benjamin and Coralee become who Plumville raised them to be, or who they were born to be?