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Being Plumville

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  871 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
Living in the small, southern town of Plumville is effortless, seamless, and safe, if you follow the rules. You're given them from birth, and anything that could possibly make you break them is removed from your life-even if it's your best friend. Such is the case for Benjamin Drummond and Coralee Simmons, two best friends separated during childhood because Benjamin is whi ...more
Paperback & ebook, 264 pages
Published March 29th 2007 by iUniverse (first published March 26th 2007)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Being Plumville is a love story about two people who knew they were each other's happy endings from a very young age. But society and the stupid notions of color, race, and what should and shouldn't be done managed to stand in their way for fifteen and more years.

Savannah J. Frierson takes the reader back to the late 1960s in the South where there is hope of things changing, but a lot of blood, sweat and tears will be expended to make things better. This is a world in which skin color dictates
Romance Novels in Color

You know when you find a book that speaks to you, and you're like *gasp* "OH MY GAWD! THIS IS GREAT!!!"

That's Being Plumville for me. I don't know of many IR/MC readers who haven't read it. If you're one of the few who haven't, hopefully, I can persuade you to pick it up.

Benjamin (aka Benny) Drummond and Coralee (aka Ceelee) Simmons grew up together in Plumville Georgia, and they were inseparable. You see, Coralee's mom (Patty) worked for Benny's parents. Kids, kids are smart. Children will adap
Savannah- Quad Motherin' Book Readin' Diva
Another instance where I wish there were half stars because I'd give this a 3.5 edging toward 4.

I'm surprised I didn't like it more, but the reasons I didn't are pretty understandable considering my romance novel proclivities. Its VERY well written, which is not suprising coming from Frierson. My lack of enjoyment was more tied to the unavoidable angst tied to the subject matter and the fact that there wasn't a whole lot of time spent on the ROMANCE and relationship progression. it was more the
Gisele Walko
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is absolutely Amazing! Very sweet and romantic. I was just grinning at the screen throughout most of the book. Stayed up late to finish. Loved the writing and I'm so grateful to have met my hubby in 1999. The 60s was something else.
♡Meme♡Reads love♡
I just finished this last week and my oh my what a great love story.
Ben and Ceelee childhood best friends that were separated young to meet up again
in college to become BFF's again as well as loves of each other's lives. This story was wonderful.
Set in 1960 living in a southern small town this interracial couple go through a lot to be together
But the love they both had for each other is what good romance reading is all about Ben, WOW that Ben he was amazing and a true gentleman and Ceelee had
Nov 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
WOW...what a HIGHLY emotional roller coaster ride...this book evokes so many makes you angry, makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you sigh, and makes you think...this is the third book I've read by Savannah J. Frierson...and it is DEFINITELY my favorite of the three...a strong and TOUCHING engaging and MEMORABLE well-developed cast of characters...and some SURPRISING and unexpected twists that keep me turning the pages to see what will become of Benjamin and Corale ...more
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
So, I was writing an awesome review and a storm came in and knocked my power out. Anyway, here it goes. This is exactly the kind of book I have been waiting on. The real grittiness of an interracial relationship. The N-word, the eroticism of Black women, the disgust and bigotry of both races towards the couple in love... This is what all the other interracial novels lack. They make it too pretty, the discrimination is nothing more than a snarled lip or an icy attitude from someone's mother. But ...more
One of the sweetest read ever.. This is a full 5 star book for me. I loved the romance between Ben and Cora. This book captured me from the beginning till the end. Oh and what an end this was, this book had one of the best epilogues ever. It was such an wonderful end for them and just how I pictured it. I recommend this book for every romance lovers.

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Mercedes Keyes
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It is simply splendid, gave a review for it at It's been a long time since I could get a book and really enjoy it, with a longing to keep reading it, finish it, this book gave me that feeling because I'm not that easy to please. Well done Savannah!
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this story it as sweet . for the second time
I totally loved this book! It was sweet and a little spicy. Being her first novel, I could tell that this was a labor of love for Ms. Frierson... I am so glad that after I read Aj's Serendipity by Savannah J. Frierson& Trolling Nights by Savannah J. Frierson, I went back and read this gem of a novel :-)
Mandy J
a damn good book
This book was amazing and authentic. I loved all the realistic writing considering the time and age the story was set in. I loved the struggles the two characters went through. I loved their inner struggles. How they handled it. Their chemistry together. I loved this book so much. I know it will always stick with me. It was educating in that way of reminding you of what we, people, all races, activists, and those dedicated had to do and go through to get to the place in the world where we are no ...more
Mar 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Being Plumville deserves every word of the great word of mouth that led me to read it. This period novel about Ben and Coralee, a white man and black woman in the 1940's, is an excellent examination of what interracial couples had to endure and serves as a lesson to those of us now who take the freedom to openly love whomever you wish for granted.
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Wow! I picked this up thinking I would just read a couple chapters before bed and finish it later but I could not put it down. It was so much more then the synopsis implied and even with its heady subject matter it wasn't a difficult read. A love story yes, but there were also some very profound observations made.
M.J. Friday
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a real romantic story with two very different people from to very different worlds in a time when their love was considered taboo,this is the boom for you. J absolutely loved this was wonderingly written.
Alvinia Dean
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was inspired by this book. I truly felt the love. Great wriiting!!
Benita Vehnom  Ruiz
Wow just WOW. I bow down to you Savannah, such a great love story. Review coming soon
May 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is now one of my all time favorites. The emotions expressed in this story are very well developed and believable. Love, love, love it. It epitomizes a true love story.
Alana Jackman
Was the best IR book to date that I have read.
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This Is The Sweetest Book I Have Ever Read. It Would Be Awesome To See This Book Become A Movie.
Michelle Gilmore
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Pat Cromwell
Feb 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I met this very young author at the Black Ink author festival in Charleston, SC last month, and after hearing her answers to some very excellent panel discussion questions, I put her book on hold at the public library. She says that her books are self published.
The setting and characters in her novel totally entranced me. "Romance" or "love story" are not genres that I read, but this book did not read like a formula novel (which is what I always think that the romance genre implies.)
The author i
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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SL Gibson
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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It is absolutely rare for me to read books at home, I read to escape. I love the way I can disappear at the start of a bus journey and pop back into the real world at the end. Being Plumville came everywhere with me until I finished.

This is a beautiful very well written historical love story by SJF which captures the essence of the time it was based in (though, unfortunately, still very reflective of modern times). It will take you into the world, lives and hearts of the characters and you will
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Brilliant Read

Wow....this is the first book I have read by this author and I am really glad I did, I absolutely loved it.

An intense read with heavy subject matter that makes you stop reading from time to time, to ponder each moment. Realistically written with memorable characters and family unit that I think about even though I've finished reading it.

Amazingly detailed, interwoven and a well developed story that unfolds slowly and take the reader on such an emotional journey. The dialogue is con
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Mi pento di non averlo letto prima. Un libro delicato emozionante, che ha saputo tramite una storia d'amore raccontare una delle macchie più sporche nella coscienza dell' uomo: il razzismo. Ho seriamente apprezzato il fatto che la scrittrice abbia portato a galla anche il tema del razzismo al contrario e del razzismo all'interno della stessa etnia. I riferimenti al dr. Martin Luther King sono i più azzeccati. Non è una questione di colore. Occorre imparare a vivere insieme ed è una
Janet Riggs
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The book was fantastic. Characters where amazing, made me feel sad to think how awful it must have been back then. Ms. Frierson has just joined a group of my favorite authors.
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Savannah J. Frierson realized writing was her calling her junior year of high school. She completed her first original work, Reconstructing Jada Channing, as her senior thesis at Harvard University, earning the 2005 Dorothy Hicks Lee Prize for most outstanding thesis concerning African or African-American literature. In 2007, Savannah released her first novel, Being Plumville, which earned Savanna ...more