INDIVISIBLE LINE BY LORENZ FONT
Summary: Pre-med student Sarah Jones is back in Beaver, Alaska, for summer vacation. A loyal member of the Gwich’in tribe, she accepts the rules set by her father, the leader of their small town. Raised in a strict household, she learned early on to do what is expected of her and has agreed to an arranged marriage. Despite her reluctance to marry without love, Sarah is unwilling to defy her father’s wishes. She hopes to help usher in an era of independence and stability for the town, but for now, her focus is finishing med school so she can become Beaver’s resident doctor.
Business owner Greg Andrews wants to escape his philandering wife and his life in general. Leaving New York City to join a hunting expedition in Alaska, Greg’s plans are turned upside down when he is shot on Gwich’in land and ends up on Sarah’s operating table. In the absence of a qualified doctor, Sarah must operate to save his life. She refuses to wait for the consent of their tribal leader, and her father banishes her from the tribal land in punishment.
Grateful for his life, Greg concocts a scheme to help. Plagued by the side effects of her unconventional operation, he convinces Sarah to become his live-in nurse. Without the means to support herself, Sarah agrees to the questionable arrangement, but she soon finds herself in even more trouble. Her new problem is that she is falling in love with this infuriating man, and the choices she now must make are much more difficult than the simple act of saving a man’s life.
Together, Sarah and Greg must both decide whether they can overcome the vast differences between them, or if the indivisible line that separates their worlds will ultimately pull them apart.
I had the pleasure this week to read Indivisible Line by Lorenz Font and what a pleasant surprise it was. I predominantly read paranormal romances but even I have to admit this was a really good read. Ms. Font connects us to her characters quickly and in an engaging way. The story bursts off of the page and immediately sucks you into the drama. Soon after the book begins it grabs you, with one of my favorite kinds of moments, the kind of scene that has you reading with your mouth hanging open and the world around you is lost, leaving you breathless and wondering what the heck just happened. This type of moment doesn’t end there either, you will find yourself surprised and shocked time and time again throughout this book.
The book begins in the tiny tourist town of Beaver, Alaska where life is quiet, simple and outrageously traditional. It is like visiting a simpler time of our society; in Beaver a simple Community wide Saturday night movie is still a big deal. The natives of Beaver know everyone who lives in their tiny town, not to mention, the intimate details of each other’s lives. The Gwich’in tribe, also known as the Caribou People, live with a strict standard of tradition upheld by their tribal council and their chief, Ahila.
The primary character of the book is Sarah Jones, daughter of the tribal chief. Sarah works summers in the tribe’s tiny, ill-equipped medical clinic, handling minor illnesses and injuries, and assisting the doctor from a neighboring town when he drops by the clinic. The tribe, seeing the potential of having their own doctor on site, has agreed to pay Sarah’s way through medical school at UCLA. Though she appreciates the tribe paying for her education, she feels trapped in a world that is stuck in a past full of rules and tradition. The lack of modern equipment for the clinic frustrates Sarah but the most bothersome thing in her future is her arranged marriage to a popular tribal member, Tremble. Yes, you read right, an arranged marriage! Sarah’s father negotiated the pairing years ago. That was the Gwich’in tradition and the Chief expected the arrangement to be carried out, no questions asked.
When a gunshot victim is rushed to the tribe’s tiny clinic, Sarah is faced with saving a man’s life, even though she isn’t qualified to do so, or letting him die while waiting for the doctor from the neighboring town to get to them. The medicines on hand in the clinic were slim pickings and it would be a long while before they could get more; this meant she also had to choose between saving the man, and leaving her tribe short of much needed medications. The choice seemed to be an obvious one to her but the repercussions of her decision would change her life forever.
Enter Greg Andrews III. What was supposed to be a getaway and celebration of his recent separation from his money-grubbing wife turned into a nightmare that never seemed to end. He awakes in a primitive clinic and feels as if he has been run over by a truck. The beautiful woman caring for him and how he came to be in her care were a mystery to him and so was the booming voice of an outraged man dragging his caregiver from the room.
This event sets off a chain of events that will change their lives forever. Repercussions for the events that took place in the small town of Beaver affect these two characters in ways that are most unusual. I don’t agree with how these two come into contact later on, but I will say it was very interesting and Sarah handled it much better than I would have. Sarah is a very strong character, though sometimes her innocence might seem unusual, but growing up under the roof of the chief of the Gwich’in tribe and their traditions makes her personality very understandable. She handles herself with grace throughout the book. I have to admit that I secretly wanted her to flip out and tell some people off from time to time in this story but that’s mostly my personality trying to bleed into Ms. Font’s character.
Indivisible Line is a constant winding and twisting story that will keep you turning pages until the very end. The struggle between the indivisible lines of social class, traditions, past baggage, and an unclear future keep these characters fighting to keep their heads above water. The things they discover about themselves and other people in the world around them are disturbing at times. But through the hardships, anger, and fear these characters deal with throughout this book they discover strength in themselves that they didn’t know they had.
Does the guy get the girl? Does she even want him too? Or does she blame him for her world crashing down around her? Maybe he holds her responsible for all the wrong turns his life has taken since meeting her? Well if you want to know that, you will have to read this book for yourself because I’m not telling!
This book is a good read. It is intelligently written and deals with narrow-mindedness that we sometimes forget still exists in this modern world that we live in. You will come to realize while reading this wonderful book that hard core traditions and prejudice still exist. This book is by no means depressing, don’t get me wrong. There are also some very of humorous parts that balance the story well, but what stuck with me after reading it was the attitudes that still exist about social and economic class in our world today. The characters will evoke strong emotions from you and you will be turning pages dying to know what happens next.
This story also has strong supporting characters, which I really like. These characters help give us a better idea of the true character of our main players and add personality and humor to the overall story.
I commend Lorenz Font for the way she has written this story that is all at once, enthralling, infuriating, and all together entertaining. I highly suggest you add this book to your summer reading list.
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