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Love's Long Road by G.D. Harper

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Cover image of Love's Long Road by G.D. Harper. Reviewed by On My Kindle Book Reviews.

Source: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Fiction, Thrillers
Format: eBook, Paperback
Publication Date: April 28, 2016

Summary

When Bobbie's boyfriend, Joe, commits suicide after she breaks up with him, Bobbie blames herself. Her misplaced guilt begins a cycle of self-destructive behavior that leads her straight into the arms of a crime boss who lavishes her with the finer things in life.

Bobbie discovers that she is an unwitting accomplice in a number of white collar crimes and the murder of a police officer, she tries to run. However, running from her past leads her down a darker path of lies and drug addiction as she tries to elude the crime boss and his network.

Review

Set in the mid- to late 1970's, Love's Long Road is a trip back in time to an era in which women's rights in the workplace and at home were changing drastically. The women's rights movement brought issues such as sexual harassment, domestic violence, and sexual assault to light and more laws to protect women against these crimes were passed. Also, laws were passed that gave women the right to make many more decisions about their own bodies.

While some may read the story and see yet another "inspirational" work about how a woman overcame adversity to achieve an idyllic life, I viewed it differently. What I saw was how the women's rights movement gave Bobbie the ability to make decisions that were considered taboo in polite society, but I also noticed that some of the laws that had not been passed (or changed) made it nearly impossible for Bobbie to stop the self-destructive cycle. 

I think Harper did a fantastic job of conveying the strides that the women's rights movement made during the era, while demonstrating where some of those laws fell short. The author's descriptions of the setting and time period were spot-on, and I felt that Harper did an amazing job of expressing how the different characters in the story struggled with changing their perceptions of women's roles in society. Finally, Harper created a convincing and engaging protagonist who was trying to find her place in a transitioning society through experimentation.

I found Love's Long Road to be well-thought out, captivating, and thrilling. I was hooked from the first page, and had a hard time putting it down.

Love's Long Road is not for everybody. If you are looking for a cut-and-dried inspirational story about women overcoming adversity, this is probably not the book for you. If you are uncomfortable with reading about a "sexual revolution" of sorts, then you will not like this book. However, if you are interested in reading a realistic story about a young woman in the 70's who is exercising rights that did not exist a year before she achieved adulthood; you will enjoy this book on many levels.

About the Author

Small cover image of Love's Long Road by G.D. Harper. Reviewed by On My Kindle Book Reviews.

To find out more about G.D. Harper and Love's Long Road, check out Goodreads and G.D.'s website.

You can find Love's Long Road online at the following retailers:

Available at Amazon.com    Available at Amazon UK

   Available from Google Play

Enjoy!