Paper Castles by Terri Lee

Paper Castles by Terri Lee

Paper CastlesPaper Castles by Terri Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Where do you go when you find out everything you wanted isn’t what you need?

Savannah Palmerton picks up a brush and heads to an art class, desperate to find a piece of the girl she used to be, before the country club dances and the boring dinner party conversations. In 1963 the country is still playing in her innocence, but there are rumblings beneath the surface. The fabric of America is just beginning to fray around the edges. So it is in Savannah Palmerton’s life.
Love, betrayal and family secrets create a lethal cocktail that has Savannah’s world unraveling at her feet. Set against a southern backdrop of garden parties and civil rights marches, Paper Castles is a sultry mix of sweet-tea and murder. Sex and secrets.

Paper Castles is the best kind of love story. Where a woman must first learn to love herself.


A few chapters into the book, I feel like walking away from it. “Great, another cheating story,” was what I thought. And cheating is not really my cup of tea. But as this is a book I was requested to review, I thought I should at least try to read half of it before telling the author this book is not for me.

But I was surprised. It’s not what I judged it to be. Somewhere by the end of the chapter at 30 percent, Savannah had my respect and I was now set to see this book to its end. And things went even more unexpected after that. I am surprised by the turn of events. The issue of diversity and legalities was handled well by the author there was no way to not enjoy the story. The last time I enjoyed a 60s story like this one was when I read Danielle Stewart’s Flowers in the Snow.

I like how the author pictured the black issues. And I loved Neenie’s character so much. Each character was also developed well that you can feel where each of them was coming from. That said, I can’t even fault Angela for feeling the way she did.

Technically speaking, I like the writer’s style. Every event goes smoothly. I don’t know if this is her first book but I can tell that the author did a magnificent job at it.

All in all, I have a great time reading this story. I was even a bit emotional at some point and the romance aspect was well blended too. I will be looking forward for more of this author’s work in the future.

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5 responses »

  1. Savannah has a soul…and the fact the characters are “real” and there’s no cardboard cutout villain or angel makes this book, to me, a cut above other books of this type. IMO, Terri Lee writes beautifully. Enjoyed your review.


  2. Great review! Yeah, I’ve personally found that it takes the first 20-30% of a book to figure out whether you’re into it or not since you’re still trying to get to know your way around the author and the characters. Glad to see you ended up loving this one!

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  3. Thanks for sticking with the book long enough to see that Savannah redeemed herself. I knew going in that that particular aspect of the story might cause a bump in the road for some readers…but in the end I chose to go with my gut and follow the story. Thanks so much for your lovely review and sharing your thoughts with your readers. It’s all about readers like you!

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