BELIEVE MY LOVE by Laurene China


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Despite its sentimental title, this novel is a fairly readable account of an interracial romance with a happy ending. The time is the 1930's, and the protagonists are Celia Carter, a small-town Midwestern girl, and Ralph Howe, a Chinese-American boy from Denver. They first meet and fall in love as student representatives at a YMCA conference. While Celia expresses her love candidly, Ralph is cautious, fearing the consequences of an interracial liaison. Celia heads for Chicago after graduation and lands a job despite the Depression. Ralph is still her first love, and her letters to him in Denver, where he is still studying, are full of frustrated concern about the future. Ralph graduates, gets a job, and the star-crossed pair marry at last. Because they take place in the thirties, many of the couple's problems now seem happily obsolescent. Though the novel is not distinctive in style and is somewhat repotitive in theme, its characters and situations are believable. Presumably a fictionalized autobiography, this romance will have greater appeal for women than men.

Pub Date: Oct. 2nd, 1962
Publisher: Crown Publishers