The Last House on the StreetThe Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In 2010 Kyla is an architect in North carolina who recently lost her husband, Jackson while he was building their dream home. She is raising her almost four year old daughter, Rainie with her father's help. One day a woman named Ann Smith walks into her office giving her a warning about moving into her new home and leaves with an ominous message about killing someone.

In 1965 Ellie is a university student in North Carolina with a boyfriend named Reed when she decides to join SCOPE (Summer Community Organization and Political Education) to get people of colour to register to vote.

These two lives are inextricably entwined and as we read on we find out exactly how much Kayla and Ellie are really part of each other's history. I so love southern historical fiction but this one seemed really important even for today's concerns and what the GOP is doing to voting rights.

This book raises a lot of questions about so many issues...interracial relationships, racism, segregation and many more. As always I enjoyed reading about the past more than 2010. I like to think it is because I learned something.

With many thanks to NetGalley, Diane Chamberlain and St. Martin's Press for the giving of the ARC.

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