Saturday, July 5, 2008

Not by Chance by Kathy Herman

This is the 4th and final book of the Seaport Suspense Series. I cannot say enough good about this series. I plan to go back and read Herman's earlier series - the Baxters - as well as her more recent series - Phantom Hollow.

Not by Chance deals with an issue that has been with us since the tower of Babel and will continue with us until the end of time... racism. Brandon Jones has come home in hopes of finding a purpose for his life... what he finds is a friend in RuWeeza Taylor. Her faith amazes Brandon and challenges him to take a deeper look at himself. Unfortunately there are those who don't approve of a white man spending time with a black woman and as a result, Brandon and Weezie find themselves targets a hate crime. But it doesn't stop there. More African-Americans are targeted and the hatred builds. Despite their best efforts, law enforcement cannot find the culprit (or culprits) and the community is getting angrier and more frightened.

Add into the mixes a young biracial boy struggling to find where he fits in... an age old secret society.... a hotshot report who needs to learn to use some discretion.... and you find yourself on the brink of chaos.

While Herman exposes blatant, vile, evil racism, she also sheds light on more subtle forms of racism that most people display without even realizing it. As is true with the other books in this series, Herman makes her reader stop and think... to look into their own lives and see what needs pruning and refining.

Again, I cannot recommend this series enough! Excellent writing, wonderful characters and thought provoking story lines!

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