Sadie Johnson feels like she is down on her luck. Her self esteem is low and her opportunities are limited. On top of that, she is attracted to her boss, who is a Klan member. Sadie is convinced there is nothing for her and she wants a new life. Yet, how can she find it in 1936 with racism and discrimination all around her? Henry Rockfield can’t hide that he is interested in Sadie, but his promises and his fears keep him quiet.
When Henry needs help running the business Sadie seems like the best candidate…yet they both know it’s dangerous for their lives and their hearts.
Afton Locke did a wonderful job making Sadie and Henry come to life. The supporting characters also had very interesting plot lines…making me wonder what would come of them. The only thing I wish was that both characters would have stood up more.
Henry often didn’t stand up for Sadie and his love for her. He made many excuses for his poor behavior. Sadie’s confidence did grow as the novel went on. I would have liked to see the feistiness that first brought her into contact with Henry, through the entire story.
Nonetheless, this is a quality romance with many sweet and captivating moments. I recommend this historical romance to anyone ready for a great read.
After her husband leaves her for another woman, Sadie Johnson feels unattractive. Unable to face a dreary future of shucking oysters and living with her critical mother, she dreams of being a businesswoman. But in 1936, opportunities for women of color in Oyster Island are limited.
An oysterman at heart, Henry Rockfield would rather sail than run the local branch of his brother’s oyster company. He’s not happy about belonging to the town Klan either, but he’ll do anything to keep the peace and help his family.
When sassy Sadie proves she can run the plant, he can’t resist putting her secretly in charge so he can return to the sea. But when desire resurrects a tragic mistake from his past, he learns business and pleasure are a dangerous mix. When racial conflict hits home, forcing them to choose between love and duty, will Sadie surrender?
Oyster Harbor ~ where passion and race collide
Stands Alone: Yes