Falling, by Kassanna, is definitely not your typical romance story. It is the story of an ex-con racist who is “falling” for an African American woman. That set up alone, while not how it is described in the blurb, made me want to read this story.
Whit is a soft-hearted woman who has nothing herself, but is always ready to give to others. The one person whom she cares for the most is baby Isaac. When circumstances lead to her having custody of him, she also inherits his ex-con racist father.
Bobby Jack is a man who was raised to be a racist, with all the body tattoos to show for his beliefs. The one thing that gets him through his prison sentence is the knowledge that when he is released his son and baby mamma will be waiting for him. As the book progresses we see the evolution of Bobby Jack into a slightly different character than he was at the start. Seeing a character evolve over the course of a story is something I thoroughly enjoy, since in life we all evolve. When you add in the romance between Whit and Bobby Jack and how he is handling falling for an African American, you can only root for them to have a happily ever after.
The part of this book that actually shocked me the most, which shouldn’t have, was how many different types of “white racist” there are. We all know the KKK, skinheads and Aryans. I never thought about the differences between those three groups and how there are others. Ms. Kassanna truly did her research for this book! I understand there will be a sequel to this work and recommend that everyone read this book and the sequel. I will warn readers that because of the subject matter there are some harsh scenes and language used.
-Reviewed by Selina