Romance and harsh realities collide in “a grittier version of a Frank Capra movie.”
Luthertown Heights isn’t anyone’s idea of paradise. Gangs run the streets, fighting and killing to claim territory, and the other residents struggle just to get by.
While most of the population hides behind ragged curtains and chipped concrete walls, one woman dares to venture out into the streets. As the teacher of an after school program at the local YMCA, she strives to teach the children of this embattled city that there is more to life than violence and hate.
The only thing she wants in return is someone, anyone, to call her by her real name.
Known only as “White Girl” to her neighbors, she wishes so much to be embraced by the community that she loves. Instead, she finds herself thrust into the middle of a war between two of the city’s most lethal gangs.
Armed only with her indefatigable optimism and the unexpected protection of a mysterious Native American gang member known only as Slipknot, she must fight to ensure a better future for her city – and herself.
The closer she grows to a solution (and to Slipknot), the more she has to lose as the city becomes a war zone. Can she find a way to convince her community that Luthertown Heights is worth saving? Or is it useless to think that she could find love amongst the squalor?
In Jessica A. Scott’s latest and perhaps most timely novel, the only thing standing between a community and its own violent self-destruction is the boundless hope of one woman who refuses to give up on what she believes in. In this gritty urban romance, we see that sometimes all it takes to make change happen is for one person to stand up and fight for what is right, even after everyone else has given up.
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