Forbidden Love; Written by Lisa Jones Gentry, As Told by Joe Steele
5 out of 5 stars
The story Forbidden Love; Written by Lisa Jones Gentry, As Told by Joe Steele is a book that had me hooked from the very beginning. It tells the story of Father William Grau and Sister Sophie Legocki. They had an attraction to each other and fell in love in a time that a relationship between a black man and a white woman was not accepted. Not only that a relationship between a priest and a nun was not approved of. William and Sophie’s story is one that while they knew the consequences if they were caught, continued their relationship and kept it secret. They even had a child, a son named Joe. The story is an emotional journey and mine went up and down the entire time I was reading the book. I grew to care about William and Sophie with each chapter that I read. There are heartbreaking and heartwarming moments in this story. Joe is also a character that I enjoyed getting to know. I also enjoyed the talks with his birth mother and the memories of growing up in Cincinnati that he shared with her. This story made me think about the time that William and Sophie lived in and if I could be as courageous as they were. Don’t miss out on a story that will warm your heart. I highly recommend reading it. This is a book that is hard to forget, and I found myself thinking about it even after I had finished.