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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Noonday Flower is a work of clean romantic and dramatic fiction penned by author Carla C. Ohse. In this novel filled with local history, issues of race-based discrimination and the trials of life and love, we find ourselves at home in the all-black resort village of Idlewild in Michigan and exploring the all-white village of Walhalla during the early 1930s. The title character Noonday is born into a white world, but through friendship, education and young love, she begins to turn the tide of the odds which are stacked against her and make a move towards a bright life, her dreams, and her freedom.
Author Carla C. Ohse has created a captivating and realistic tale of the struggle of race relations in Michigan and filled her world with immersive and vibrant historical details. It is clear that the backdrop villages are well-researched places, becoming characters of their own which represent the opposing ideals and prejudices that both places have towards one another. In the middle of all this, Noonday and Bookie are well formed and totally relatable characters, whose dialogue smacks of history but also has plenty of modern-day, forward-thinking sensibilities. There is a powerful sense of faith and hope for your dreams, which keeps an inspiring note in the tone even through Noonday’s hardships, carrying readers with her on a powerful emotional journey that is well-crafted and never sensationalized. Overall, Noonday Flower is a realistic and fantastic novel for readers who enjoy real-life drama, recent local history, and cultural issues.