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Living in the small, southern town of Plumville is effortless, seamless, and safe, if you follow the rules. You're given them from birth, and anything that could possibly make you break them is removed from your life-even if it's your best friend. Such is the case for Benjamin Drummond and Coralee Simmons, two best friends separated during childhood because Benjamin is whiLiving in the small, southern town of Plumville is effortless, seamless, and safe, if you follow the rules. You're given them from birth, and anything that could possibly make you break them is removed from your life-even if it's your best friend. Such is the case for Benjamin Drummond and Coralee Simmons, two best friends separated during childhood because Benjamin is white, Coralee is black, and relationships between the two races are unspoken in its taboo. However, fifteen years later during the turbulent 1960s, Benjamin and Coralee are reunited, and despite their upbringing, neither are able to deny what they had in their innocent youth, nor suppress the desire to rekindle it-maybe even into something more.The reunion forces the pair and those around them to examine the consequences of following the status quo versus following their hearts. Is friendship too high a price to pay to be Plumville? Is love? Will Benjamin and Coralee become who Plumville raised them to be, or who they were born to be?...

Title : Being Plumville
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ISBN : 9780595430208
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Number of Pages : 264 Pages
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Being Plumville Reviews

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-05-05 03:24

    Being Plumville is a love story about two people who knew they were each other's happy endings from a very young age. But society and the stupid notions of color, race, and what should and shouldn't be done managed to stand in their way for fifteen and more years. Savannah J. Frierson takes the reader back to the late 1960s in the South where there is hope of things changing, but a lot of blood, sweat and tears will be expended to make things better. This is a world in which skin color dictates many things: how much you get paid, where you live, what kind of job you are able to take, even how well you get treated by others. It doesn't matter what you want for yourself or for your children. It is just the way it is.The opening scene tells me a lot about Benny and Ceelee. Benny is protective, caring and possessive of little Ceelee. Ceelee loves and trusts Benny. Benny declares that he's going to marry Ceelee. However, it is not acceptable that Benny should feel that way about Ceelee, because Ceelee is black, and Benny has expectations that he must meet for his family and for Plumville. White future state judges (sons of prominent Plumville citizenry) don't marry black daughters of their family's housekeepers. So, Patty was forced to keep her young daughter away from Benny.Fifteen years later, both Benjamin Drummond and Coralee Simmons have yielded to the dictates of their world. They live in the same small town, but inhabit separate spheres, black separated by white. Until Ceelee is asked to tutor Benjamin in English, or he will not longer be eligible to play as quarterback for their college football team. Benjamin has fallen into the mold of white prominent young citizen. He even jokes along with his racist friends about blacks, even if his heart doesn't feel that way. Deep down, he yearns for his friend Ceelee, and is secretly glad that he can reestablish that crucial connection that was missing in his life for so many years. But now, Coralee keeps him at a distance. She doesn't trust him anymore. To her, he is another white person who thinks he's better than her, thinks he can insult her, and treat her like a second class citizen. Benjamin is determined to show Coralee that he is different from the others. That he is worthy of her trust and friendship, because the truth was, he never stopped loving her. Coralee has to find the courage to fight for the love that she feels (has felt for many years) beneath the hurt and fear.This book was a wonderful read. It was also very difficult to read. It brought the anger and rage to the surface. Knowing that in the United States blacks were (and still are in some instances) treated this way because of some bizarre belief that skin color determines intelligence, eligibility, and superiority. I was born a short five years after this book takes place. My mother and father (both black) lived in this world of Ceelee and Benjamin, dealing with the same issues. It is a painful thought to accept that one's life is not your own. That you don't get the same choices as someone else because that's the way it is. That it's okay for them to call you ugly names, and you have to bite your tongue and deal with it. That you can't love who you want to love without being rejected by your own people, and subject to physical harm by his people.Ms. Frierson didn't make up any of that angst. This book is real. I rooted for Ceelee and Benjamin, even as I knew the road they traveled was a long, hard, ugly one. I could feel their frustration when they weren't even able to hold hands or express affection towards each other in public. It was okay for Benjamin 'try the dark berry', but he couldn't love a black woman. For Coralee, she was condemned and ridiculed for even thinking it was okay to date a white man. It was a lot to take, making this far from a fun, escapist read. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy or love this book. It was just a sobering experience for me, and sometimes I had to put this book down and regroup. I am glad I read this book, because I really appreciate Ms. Frierson's writing. Although painful at times, this gave me something to think about. It helps me to be grateful that I have the choices that Coralee didn't have back then, and not because I am smarter or more deserving than Coralee was. Although I have and will face prejudice for my skin color, my fate and my life is my own. I can love who I want, and if people don't like it, I have the safety and the ability to face that and not find my essential being damaged from it. I for one am grateful that people like Coralee and Benjamin and the real life Mr. and Mrs. Loving paved the way for interracial couples in the modern United States. People can say what they want, but their opinion doesn't legally amount to a hill of beans.This was a moving, excellent book. It hurt my heart, but it also gave me hope that you can believe in love, even if it won't guarantee a perfect road ahead. But two is stronger than one. And love is worth fighting for.Ben and Ceelee

  • Romance Novels in Color
    2019-05-04 09:26

    You know when you find a book that speaks to you, and you're like *gasp* "OH MY GAWD! THIS IS GREAT!!!"That's Being Plumville for me. I don't know of many IR/MC readers who haven't read it. If you're one of the few who haven't, hopefully, I can persuade you to pick it up.Benjamin (aka Benny) Drummond and Coralee (aka Ceelee) Simmons grew up together in Plumville Georgia, and they were inseparable. You see, Coralee's mom (Patty) worked for Benny's parents. Kids, kids are smart. Children will adapt to anyone regardless of their skin color, their physical handicap, their class, their gender. Children see people as people and Benny is no different. He protects Ceelee from bullies; he's her hero. He shares his books with her. They read together, play together, and essentially do things together that most children do despite Benny being a few years older than Ceelee.The story begins with Coralee seeking out her mother to have an injury cleaned and bandaged after cutting herself while playing with the boys who reside in Benjamin's neighborhood. The kids tease and taunt Ceelee because she's black. The offending slur, "tar baby," makes an appearance. Of course, Benny isn't going to stand for it, so he punches the offender (good ole Tommy Birch) in the jaw (love Benny for that). Patty is disapproving of Benjamin's behavior even though he was looking out for her daughter. Benjamin's mother, Florence, overhears this bit of information and forbids Patty from bringing Coralee back into her home."This is not good, Patty," Florence determined, the words surging out of her mouth. "Benjamin's becoming far too attached to Coralee."I wanted to throttle that woman. Throttle. She was a hot mess personified. I felt sorry for her but even so, God don't like ugly. The funny thing is, Florence already sees the connection between the two children before they have any idea what their future holds."If they keep on going the way they are, they'll be in all sorts of trouble when they're older."Ahhh, foreshadowing.Benny and Coralee don't cross paths for some years, but when they do, they're both in college and things are awkward to say the least. Racial tensions are HIIIIGH.Coralee thinks the Benjamin she once knew is gone. Benjamin thinks the Coralee he once knew has forgotten about how close they used to be.Things heat up when this couple tries to fight fate, and when others who want to do everything in their power to keep them apart.Ms. Frierson did one heck of a job with this story! Everything about Being Plumville was phenomenal. The writing, the pacing, the character development, the editing. All on point. If you're looking for a historical read set in the chaotic times of the 60s, you should definitely add Being Plumville to your TBR pile. Not only is it a five-star read, it's also one of my Top Rated reads! It deserves all the stars and then some.This review was originally posted on Romance Novels in Color

  • Savannah- Quad Motherin' Book Readin' Diva
    2019-05-18 04:32

    Another instance where I wish there were half stars because I'd give this a 3.5 edging toward 4. I'm surprised I didn't like it more, but the reasons I didn't are pretty understandable considering my romance novel proclivities. Its VERY well written, which is not suprising coming from Frierson. My lack of enjoyment was more tied to the unavoidable angst tied to the subject matter and the fact that there wasn't a whole lot of time spent on the ROMANCE and relationship progression. it was more the backdrop to the foreground of racial tension. Maybe it was even equal, but I tend to want my relationship front and center with the issues in the background. I felt the ending was abrupt as well. We got that big jump after the climax where everything seemed to be delivered for a HEA in a nice, neat bow. We didn't SEE them get there and for me, that's half the fun of a novel. Seeing the couple GET to their happily ever after. What happened between Coralee leaving school and them getting married? I mean we get an explanation, but its literally more like a debriefing. After investing in the story up to that point, I felt like I'd been jipped a bit. Still-solid writing. And in this genre that deserves HUGE props.

  • Gisele Walko
    2019-04-30 06:27

    This book is absolutely Amazing! Very sweet and romantic. I was just grinning at the screen throughout most of the book. Stayed up late to finish. Loved the writing and I'm so grateful to have met my hubby in 1999. The 60s was something else.

  • ♡Meme♡Reads love♡
    2019-04-30 07:28

    I just finished this last week and my oh my what a great love story. Ben and Ceelee childhood best friends that were separated young to meet up again in college to become BFF's again as well as loves of each other's lives. This story was wonderful.Set in 1960 living in a southern small town this interracial couple go through a lot to be together But the love they both had for each other is what good romance reading is all about Ben, WOW that Ben he was amazing and a true gentleman and Ceelee had such a big caring heart they both had me crying all through this story. This book is a definite keeper.My character choice......

  • Shawnette
    2019-04-24 03:34

    WOW...what a HIGHLY emotional roller coaster ride...this book evokes so many makes you angry, makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you sigh, and makes you think...this is the third book I've read by Savannah J. Frierson...and it is DEFINITELY my favorite of the three...a strong and TOUCHING engaging and MEMORABLE well-developed cast of characters...and some SURPRISING and unexpected twists that keep me turning the pages to see what will become of Benjamin and Coralee...a WORTHWHILE read!

  • Diana
    2019-05-11 05:09

    So, I was writing an awesome review and a storm came in and knocked my power out. Anyway, here it goes. This is exactly the kind of book I have been waiting on. The real grittiness of an interracial relationship. The N-word, the eroticism of Black women, the disgust and bigotry of both races towards the couple in love... This is what all the other interracial novels lack. They make it too pretty, the discrimination is nothing more than a snarled lip or an icy attitude from someone's mother. But Savannah Frierson knew exactly what needed to be exposed. This isn't pretty for people, it wasn't in the 60's and it still isn't for some couples even today. I enjoyed this book but what stopped me from giving it 5 stars was Cora. I just didn't love her character, I wanted her to be stronger, speak up for herself more... not be so docile. Other than that, this was a good read and I enjoyed it.

  • xoinor
    2019-05-01 06:09

    One of the sweetest read ever.. This is a full 5 star book for me. I loved the romance between Ben and Cora. This book captured me from the beginning till the end. Oh and what an end this was, this book had one of the best epilogues ever. It was such an wonderful end for them and just how I pictured it. I recommend this book for every romance lovers.My Casting:Coralee:Benjamin:

  • Mercedes Keyes
    2019-05-13 05:30

    It is simply splendid, gave a review for it at It's been a long time since I could get a book and really enjoy it, with a longing to keep reading it, finish it, this book gave me that feeling because I'm not that easy to please. Well done Savannah!

  • Deloris
    2019-05-10 06:15

    I liked this story it as sweet . for the second time

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    2019-05-15 06:08


  • Anino
    2019-05-22 10:13

    I totally loved this book! It was sweet and a little spicy. Being her first novel, I could tell that this was a labor of love for Ms. Frierson... I am so glad that after I read& , I went back and read this gem of a novel :-)

  • Mandy J
    2019-05-08 03:27

    a damn good book

  • Kiara
    2019-04-23 10:09

    This book was amazing and authentic. I loved all the realistic writing considering the time and age the story was set in. I loved the struggles the two characters went through. I loved their inner struggles. How they handled it. Their chemistry together. I loved this book so much. I know it will always stick with me. It was educating in that way of reminding you of what we, people, all races, activists, and those dedicated had to do and go through to get to the place in the world where we are now. Racism isn't gone, but it's a bittersweet moment to think about how far we've come. It's truly amazing. Some may argue this book wasn't as much romance as they would've liked, but if they were looking for a perfect relationship between man and woman, one black and one white, in this time of the 1960's, they came to the wrong book. You can't just romanticize that kind of history by taking out all the struggles and challenges. The enemies were there. The non believers were there. The hate. The bigots. The people so filled with prejudge and stereotype-filled thought patterns that they didn't even think twice about the impenetrable hate falling from their mouths.I loved this book. I loved it so much. It was beautiful. So perfect.

  • Joshua
    2019-04-23 09:37

    Being Plumville deserves every word of the great word of mouth that led me to read it. This period novel about Ben and Coralee, a white man and black woman in the 1940's, is an excellent examination of what interracial couples had to endure and serves as a lesson to those of us now who take the freedom to openly love whomever you wish for granted.

  • Tony
    2019-04-27 04:25

    Wow! I picked this up thinking I would just read a couple chapters before bed and finish it later but I could not put it down. It was so much more then the synopsis implied and even with its heady subject matter it wasn't a difficult read. A love story yes, but there were also some very profound observations made.

  • M.J. Friday
    2019-05-13 10:12

    If you are looking for a real romantic story with two very different people from to very different worlds in a time when their love was considered taboo,this is the boom for you. J absolutely loved this was wonderingly written.

  • Alvinia Dean
    2019-05-05 11:12

    I was inspired by this book. I truly felt the love. Great wriiting!!

  • Benita VehnomRuiz
    2019-05-04 07:10

    Wow just WOW. I bow down to you Savannah, such a great love story. Review coming soon

  • Loni
    2019-05-04 10:37

    This book is now one of my all time favorites. The emotions expressed in this story are very well developed and believable. Love, love, love it. It epitomizes a true love story.

  • Alana Jackman
    2019-05-09 07:16

    Was the best IR book to date that I have read.

  • A.W.
    2019-05-17 11:32

    This Is The Sweetest Book I Have Ever Read. It Would Be Awesome To See This Book Become A Movie.

  • Michelle Gilmore
    2019-05-18 11:30


  • Pat Cromwell
    2019-05-13 08:36

    WONDERFUL book.

  • Laura
    2019-05-21 04:13

    I met this very young author at the Black Ink author festival in Charleston, SC last month, and after hearing her answers to some very excellent panel discussion questions, I put her book on hold at the public library. She says that her books are self published.The setting and characters in her novel totally entranced me. "Romance" or "love story" are not genres that I read, but this book did not read like a formula novel (which is what I always think that the romance genre implies.)The author is from a southern town about 30 miles from where I grew up, and the time settings are during my childhood, high school and college years. The 1950's, '60's and 70's were times of tremendous social changes in SC, to put it mildly. Her characters, black and white, reflect the social norms that were a part of my experience, although my family did not have a cook, and I did not have any opportunity to ever associate with Black children my age. I certainly recognize the ingrained racism of the white characters and their total lack of awareness of the experience of being Black in the South.Her characters are not stereotypes, however. Benny's father is similar to my father, a man who knew that Blacks were not subordinate to whites, but felt confined by the social norms of the time to not make waves or upset the expected roles in their small towns. Benny's mother reminds me of my grandmother, whose opinions about race relations were in her bones. [Bless her heart! My grandmother was upset that I married a Catholic!] Benny's fraternity friends are as accurately portrayed as any I ever knew, with the horrible attitudes towards women and blacks that I remember - no exaggeration there.The southern college that Coralee and Benny attended was far more integrated than any school I knew of in SC in 1968. Our high schools were NEARLY totally segregated then and it was not until about 1971 that there were Black students in any number in my high school. I personally knew two inter-racial couples who had to hide their relationship by having others pick them up and meeting up later to be together. In 1971, in my large SC city, crossing the color line was not done publicly. Some may wonder if the "dialect" that the author puts into her characters mouths is accurate and I can say that it totally reads true to ear. Many Southerners, Black and white, will revert to colloquial language patterns with close friends and family.As a "romance novel," it works. Very sweet, a little hot, and totally satisfying.Good job, Savannah J. Frierson! I love seeing SC authors having a voice in today's publishing world.

  • Diana
    2019-05-14 10:29

    Brilliant ReadWow....this is the first book I have read by this author and I am really glad I did, I absolutely loved it.An intense read with heavy subject matter that makes you stop reading from time to time, to ponder each moment. Realistically written with memorable characters and family unit that I think about even though I've finished reading it.Amazingly detailed, interwoven and a well developed story that unfolds slowly and take the reader on such an emotional journey. The dialogue is concise, honest and to the point. Well written and edited. Beautifully told.....wonderfully heartfelt. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this book. Thank you SJF😀

  • Marianne
    2019-05-18 07:21

    spettacolare.Mi pento di non averlo letto prima. Un libro delicato emozionante, che ha saputo tramite una storia d'amore raccontare una delle macchie più sporche nella coscienza dell' uomo: il razzismo. Ho seriamente apprezzato il fatto che la scrittrice abbia portato a galla anche il tema del razzismo al contrario e del razzismo all'interno della stessa etnia. I riferimenti al dr. Martin Luther King sono i più azzeccati. Non è una questione di colore. Occorre imparare a vivere insieme ed è una cosa che deve venire da entrambi i lati.

  • Onesmartcooky
    2019-05-09 03:18

    At Last...Great story. Bennie and Ceelee. Beautiful character. Very tender and poignant with cause race relations. We would like to say can we all get along, but sometimes that does work. Life experience and love causes one to come into wisdom.

  • Aharon Steinberg
    2019-05-07 10:31

    Good Book!

  • Keisha
    2019-04-25 04:21

    loved it!