The book takes place during the Civil Rights movement, which hasn't made it's way to the segregted and scared city of Forrest Town, Arkansas. Allison is about to get married to Jimmy Lee Carlisle, a known biggot. She questions her life, the love of her father and Jimmy Lee, and wonders is there more to life outside the borders of Forrest Town. She may be bound by her engagement but she meets and falls in love with Jackson, a young black solider, who won't settle for anything less than a love that is blind to color.
Foster paints a wonderful family dynamic- I couldn't decide whether I loved or hated her family, feeling just as torn as Allison needing the love and support of her family, yet knowing deep inside that "know you place" wasn't something she could endure any longer.
Great, great, great! I especially loved the Kindle version, because I could choose to read it with or without the Southern dialect...of course choose with dialect!