Love Unfeigned by Nadine Keels


Love to the chords of a classic jazz band, spanned over more than a decade…

Lorraine: plucky and competitive. Isaiah: impish, with a smile that gleams in more ways than one.

From the time the two first square off for a fierce wall ball battle as children, Lorraine and Isaiah can’t help knowing each other, but neither can they avoid passions and misfortunes lining their path to young adulthood. When the breakup of Isaiah’s family disrupts the haven he’s shared with Lorraine, their natural relationship is eventually threatened by jealousy, abandonment, and a life-altering trauma too grave to…forget. As one year follows another, and another, what might it take to reunite this divided man and woman in love: love undeniably real and unbounded by time?

Excellent, clean love story that is every bit as much about the journey as it is the destination.

The author is quite gifted at painting pictures as well as emotions, and the way she presents the story is every bit as good as the story itself. I found myself re-reading lines just to appreciate her turn of a phrase or fresh take on common interactions between two people. While there is some overreach in a line or two along the way, they are well-worth the overall work.

In the movie “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” the audience is guided through a light-hearted, comedic storyline until an atom bomb is dropped on them without warning about 90% into the movie. It causes the viewer to re-think the entire movie and its characters up t that point. “Love Unfeigned” is similar. The author tells a love story that follows the two main characters from third grade into adulthood with many sweet, tender moments along the way. It is about three-quarters of the way through that the author brilliantly drops her own atom bomb, causing readers to re-think everything they’d read to that point.

Very well done. Strongly recommend this novella.

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