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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite
In Julie & Kishore by author Carol Jackson, we find ourselves in the middle of an interracial and inter-cultural love connection, that between Julie and Kishore, our titular characters. Julie, a red haired, freckle faced Kiwi, always thought of herself as plain and not very likely to fulfill her dream of walking up the aisle in a gorgeous white dress, the epitome of the beautiful bride. Then she meets Kishore, a young man from India who has lived in New Zealand for two years, and finds her dreams are changing. When Julie and Kishore fall in love, as much to their own surprise as anyone else’s, Julie realizes that there are many more important things to worry about than if she’ll get to fulfill her childhood bridal dreams. She and Kishore now have to worry about their families' acceptance of each other and their love and, at times, both of them wonder if their love will make it through.
In this sweet, enchanting love story, we are introduced to two wonderful characters in Julie and Kishore. Author Carol Jackson writes in such a way that I truly felt that I knew both of them, and I grew to care deeply for them and their relationship. Exploring themes of racism and the challenges of creating inter-cultural families, Julie & Kishore is first a wonderful romance, and then serves to make the reader think about the challenges that such couples face. This book would be enjoyed by any reader who loves romances, sweet stories with great characters, and thought provoking books that don’t shy away from exploring cultural differences. I see that this book is planned to be the first in a series, and I very much look forward to reading the next by this promising author.