Title: If It Ain’t Love
Author: Tamara Allen
Publisher: Free From Author
Characters: Whit Stoddard, Peter Dorington
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Historical Romance
In the darkest days of the Great Depression, New York Times reporter Whit Stoddard has lost the heart to do his job and lives a miserable hand-to-mouth existence with little hope of recovery, until he meets Peter, a man in even greater need of new hope.
Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, that powerful equalizer of men which toppled many an ivory tower, bringing prosperous men low and poor men lower, If It Ain’t Love is a story of hope and the promise of love found amongst the debris left behind in the wake of the country’s financial collapse.
In a time when a very fortunate man was one who could claim two coins to rub together, Whit Stoddard and Peter Dorington are men who come together from very different walks of life. Like many men during that time, they find themselves on the intersecting paths that might have led to a free bed, maybe a little whiskey, and an offer of compassion that would see a man through to another day, if he was lucky.
Peter and Whit meet as one man’s world is sinking, while the other is trying his best to keep his afloat. They come together under what may have been the worst of circumstances, but as unlikely as their connection would’ve been before the depression, they are now men who find a bond based in the mutual need for companionship. That bond is tested by secrets and misunderstandings, but it ultimately holds firm with the help of kindness and a common goal, and with the promise that the truth, when revealed, will have the power to heal a broken spirit and build the trust needed to move forward.
In a mere thirty-four pages, Tamara Allen sweeps the reader along on a bittersweet journey of loss, of a time when a man’s place in a breadline was coveted nearly as much as the meager scraps of bread that awaited to sustain him for another day. Every sentence, every paragraph draws the reader into the setting and time period, as well as into the lives of the characters who enrich the story with their presence. The challenges they face, the conflicts that arise are the very definition of a human interest story and are delivered pitch perfectly.
If It Ain’t Love is just one more reason why Tamara Allen is on my short list of must-read authors. It’s simply brilliant.
Reviewed By: Lisa