I’m very excited to be a part of this book tour. Love Edy is a contemporary romance by Shewanda Pugh.
When Edy Phelps falls hard for her best friend, she knows nothing can come from it. Forget actual chemistry, or the fact that she cherishes his mother more than her own; centuries of tradition say that Hassan will grow up, marry the girl his parents pick, and forget his best friend: the dancer with the bursting smile. Except he can’t. In a world erupting with possibilities for the boy with a body of steel and dreams of the NFL, everything seems promised while nothing at all is; when he’s denied the girl he wants most.
Two hearts. Two families devoted through generations of friendship. Could Edy and Hassan really risk all that? And yet … how could they not?
Edy is a young girl on the verge of womanhood caught between the love of her life and parental expectations. Her romance is interesting, because the family support is there…as long as they stayed within the friendship bounds. When I initially read the book, I didn’t realize it was the beginning of a series. The ending felt very abrupt, however, knowing there will be a second one, I get it. It’s a quick and easy read, perfect for a young adult or someone who likes YA Lit. It’s interesting to read about this bourgeoisie lifestyle in Boston. This book focuses a lot on Indian and Hindu culture and how traditional roles play out in American society. It’s encouraging to read about diversity in a Young Adult novel, where the characters aren’t minorities with drug problems, domestic abuse issues, etc. Differing cultures and beliefs do take on a very important role in this book. Definitely a good book to read lounging by the pool.
Shewanda Pugh is a tomboy who credits Stephen King for being the reason she writes romance.
In 2012 she debuted with the first novel in a three part contemporary adult romance series, Crimson Footprints. Since then, she’s been shortlisted for the AAMBC Reader’s Choice Award, the National Black Book Festival’s Best New Author Award, and the Rone Award for Contemporary Fiction in 2012 and 2013. She has an MA in Writing from Nova Southeastern University and a BA in Political Science from Alabama A&M University.