Unchained Hearts: A Baxter Family Saga, by Palessa was a fantastic read! This book, while published in 2013, was my first time reading this particular author and I so enjoyed this book, that I have already purchased books two and three in the series.
When I first started reading and the story starts with Kyle it took me a minute to realize that Kyle was a female. As a wealthy CEO, when she receives a letter from her deceased mother, Virgilia, directing her to attend a meeting, and she blindly follows the instructions, I thought she must be a little daft. As I continued to read and the story flashed back to the life of Virgilia and Cass, I became more and more intrigued. This part of the story starts in 1975 Florida and you can see how the author tries to show the advancement of the civil rights era, while also showing the mental chains that still held many back. I was a little concerned that in Southern United States, 1975, the author felt that it was okay for a Black female to not only own property, but be enrolled in college in a male dominated field. She did include covert and overt racism, and that assisted the believability of the story. When the story switched back to present day and Cass finally finishes telling Kyle his story I am fascinated and the connections, intrigue and romance that were included. When the story then switches to Randy and KC, I am thrown.
It was simply amazing how the author wove all these pieces together. The intrigue that is included up to the very end has left me praying that the second and third books do this first book justice. Between Gray and Quinn, the brother and sister of Cass and Brandon and his brother and sister, this story has plenty of characters to keep this series going.
I recommend this read to everyone.
-Reviewed by Selina
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