I used to buy most of the books I read and then it became obvious that unless I could afford a house with a library (empty), there was no room for more. I have always been a library user but now the great majority of books I read are borrowed. Only Love Can Break Your Heart was an impulse choice from the "new" acquisitions shelf. The great thing about selecting a title like this is your biggest commitment is to return it. I don't have to read it because I've invested my hard earned money and own it.
Happily, this coming-of-age story was a good choice and I might have found a new author to watch for. Several things appealed to me about Only Love Can Break Your Heart. It's set in Spencerville, Virginia in 1977, an era I remember, and somehow the tragic, racist history of the deep south seems romantic.
Richard is 8 years old and his half-brother Paul is a cool, car-driving, smoking and drinking teen. The plot unfolds as Paul disappears with the daughter of Brad Culver, scion of one of the old, rich families. Richard's reaction to this betrayal, the uncovering of family secrets, both his and the near-by Culvers create a page-turning plot. There is murder and first, steamy sex with an older woman. The Culver girl and Paul eventually come home but not together and their appearance leads to tragedy. I recommend Only Love Can Break Your Heart and your local library.
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