Being Plumville by Samantha Frierson
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Plumville, Georgia, had an order to its way of life, and few ever upset it.
Benjamin Drummond is heir to all Plumville had to offer—wealth, good looks, and a promising career as a future state judge. As a graduating senior at a local college, he’s poised for success, if only he can keep his grades up. With the distractions of playing football, being in a fraternity, and having his pick of the women on campus, he has little incentive to study—until his assigned tutor turns out to be a black girl from his past who's never left his mind...or heart.
Coralee Simmons is determined to make it out of Plumville with a diploma in her hand and dignity in her stride, despite a social climate determined to stifle both. And with her family and friends supporting her each step of the way, Coralee knows she will go far. Yet when her mentor offers her a tutoring opportunity to increase her edge, she’s suddenly reunited with the white boy who'd meant too much to her as a child...and still does even now.
Set during the turbulent 1960s, Benjamin and Coralee experience change in a community unprepared and unwelcoming of it. How can a relationship rekindle and bloom under such adversity, free from the battle for Plumville's status quo?