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REVIEW: The Lucky Charm by Beth Bolden

Beth Bolden The Lucky Charm

Dear Ms. Bolden:

Jayne forwarded me your posting in the Open Thread and it looked intriguing. I love sports books so I wrote to you asking if you had an ARC. You kindly sent me a copy of the book which I read that evening.

This book completely charmed me and broke a lot of “rules” about what is ordinarily allowed in romances, particularly in this highly eroticized period. First, the hero is 5′ 8″ and not as attractive as his best friend. Second, there aren’t many love scenes and the ones that exist aren’t super explicit.

But Izzy Dalton and Jack Bennett’s romance is sweet, fun, tender and yes, sexy.

Izzy is an orphan who has spent her life trying to find her calling. When her mother died of cancer when she was eleven, Izzy declared she would be a doctor but when she went to college and could barely pass Freshman Bio, she turned her attention toward journalism after watching a documentary on Bo Jackson. [Thirty on Thirty is actually a really great documentary and series overall even for non sports fans]

When her dad died in a car accident when Izzy was twenty-one, her fervor in being in journalism was set. This was the way she would make her dead parents proud. In her boss, executive producer Charlie, Izzy finds a surrogate father. When he falls ill, she’s devastated and worse, because Charlie wasn’t well liked by the network’s head of programming, she gets shuttled to a small station in Portland to be the sidelines reporter of the professional baseball team.

She hates baseball and knows absolutely nothing about it.

Jack Bennett had been told all his life he can’t. He’s too small, too slow, too weak to play sports. If you tell Jack Bennett he can’t do something, he’s going to prove you wrong. The first scene with Jack aptly sums up his personality.

Can’t doesn’t exist,” he said levelly. “Can’t is the one word in the English language that I won’t recognize as valid. You told me that I can’t put my feet up there. But I could. Very easily, as evidenced by the fact that they’re up there right now.”

She blinked, clearly a little surprised by his well-honed patter. After all, every smart big leaguer had their rehearsed cliche?s down pat. His were just a little…creative.

“You see, when I was seven years old, little Jimmy’s dad was our little-league coach, and of course, he wanted little Jimmy to play second base, but I wanted to play second base, too. He told me I couldn’t play it because I was too small. But one day, see, little Jimmy took a hit to the head and had to sit out half a game. I took that opportunity and played the best goddamned four innings of little-league second base that anyone had ever seen. Little Jimmy and his dad ate their words after that one. High school, same story. They tried sticking me on the JV team, thinking that if I was out of sight, I’d be out of mind. But you know what happened?”

Shell shock would be a generous term for the blank stare she gave him as he paused.

“Well?” he prompted.

“Obviously not,” she sniffed in annoyance, and he had to give her at least three mental points for the snotty curve of her lip. “You were in high school, I don’t have any idea what happened to you in high school.”

“I hit .458 that year and committed zero errors. Of course, they loved me on the JV team, but when the season started next year, you want to bet they didn’t leave me there. I made the varsity team, where I should have been all along.”

“Let me guess, the same thing happened in college.” The sarcasm dripping off her words gained her another few points. If he was feeling generous, she was just about to break even.

“Oh, no. I was recruited to play at Stanford, and don’t get me wrong, I loved those guys. They finally believed in me. But that wasn’t the end of it. I kept getting told I was still too small. It was like little Jimmy’s goddamn dad all over again. When I went in the third round of the major-league draft and only spent two years in the minors, I signed a ball and sent it off to little Jimmy’s dad. That was a great day.”

The flight attendant’s eyes went all calculating. Jack had a feeling she was mentally pricing out what a signed baseball by Jack Bennett would bring. So he swung for the very edge of the stands.

“See, if I’d listened to people who told me that I couldn’t do this, couldn’t do that, I wouldn’t be sitting here. I’d be back in the sticks, playing pickup ball on the weekends, wishing that I’d grown a pair and done something about my dream. But I didn’t listen to them.”

She gave up the ghost and fled right before he got to the moral of the story. “Great talk,” he murmured at her retreating back and settling back into his seat, and he couldn’t help but sigh contentedly. Peace at last.

“I see you finally managed to ditch your admirer.” Noah Fox, known to baseball fanatics and his friends as Foxy, drawled without even opening his eyes. “Now that was persistence in action. Nobody’s ever stayed long enough to hear the part about little Jimmy’s dad getting the baseball except reporters.”

When he sees Izzy, there’s one big can’t. He can’t date a reporter. Every action of Jack’s is focused on winning the pennant for the Portland Pioneers. Jake is a hometown boy and his dream is to win the World Series as a Pioneer. This year, the Pioneers need to make the playoffs or his dream will be all but snuffed out. He doesn’t care about a revolving door of women because he just wants to win games. But for the first time, he’s so interested in a woman that he’s willing to do interviews even though he hates them. And he’s pursuing her, even though it’s against the rules.

Jake is the heart of the Pioneers and a very successful second baseman. (He finished second in Rookie of the Year voting). In this new year, with Izzy on the sidelines, Jake finds himself to be the beneficiary of extraordinary luck. Despite the fact that he’s not at all superstitious, something strange is happening. He would be out of position and still manage to make a save. He should have been caught stealing but the opposing second baseman dropped the ball. He reached first on an infield single. He even had an in-park home run, an extraordinary occurrence.

Through the 162 game season and endless road trips, Jake and Izzy find themselves together repeatedly until they finally give in on all of that simmering lust between them.

There’s quite a bit of suspense in the book. What will Izzy say if she learns Jake thinks she’s his lucky charm? If they do go out, will they get caught? Can Jake’s lucky streak extend throughout the entire season?

The character growth in the story is primarily on Izzy’s side as she learns to overcome a lot of her inhibitions and starts to live a life based on what she wants instead of what she perceives others want for her.

But it really was the romance that captured me. Jake’s sarcastic, confidence was paired perfectly with his charming vulnerability when it came to Izzy. He toed the perfect line between being attractively aggressive without being overbearing. Izzy was just as authentic. She knew her flaws and faults and tried hard to be a good employee while dealing with a misogynistic boss who just wanted her to look good in front of the camera. Being away from Charlie, her surrogate father, was good for her because she had to learn to stand up for herself.

Finally, the baseball was so rich in this story. You really believed in Jake as a player:

Jack loved the way the world slowed when he entered the batter’s box.

He loved the dust settling on his tongue, the way his hitting gloves bit into his wrists, the weight of the wooden bat in his hands.

A lot of players let the pitcher set the tone of an at-bat, but Jack was somewhat fanatical about making sure that he and nobody else, was in charge when he stepped up to the plate. Sometimes that meant walking to the plate a fraction slower than good manners demanded. Sometimes that meant taking an extra moment to go through his mental and physical routine between swings. Sometimes that meant giving the pitcher one of his patented fuck-off glares.

This was a delightful romance. The characters were vividly drawn and believable. I can’t wait for more books about the Pioneers. B+

Best regards,

Jane

 

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

36 Comments

  1. hapax
    May 10, 2014 @ 11:19:15

    You had me at “the hero is 5′ 8″ “. I just loves me some short heros.

    The rest of it sounds adorable as well. I’m definitely in the mood for sweet!

  2. Ellie
    May 10, 2014 @ 11:59:45

    You had me at baseball. My moratorium on buying books this month lasted until I read this review.

  3. JL
    May 10, 2014 @ 13:27:41

    Sold! I don’t even like baseball, but this sounds delightful.

  4. Rose
    May 10, 2014 @ 14:49:16

    It makes sense to have baseball romances with heroes who don’t fit the usual jock mold; the sports itself has many of them, too.

    @JL:
    I suspect that a lot of sports romances will actually work better if you’re not a huge fan of the sport in question. I can’t read baseball ones without noticing the mistakes (and there always are some). Maybe I should try hockey ones instead, or obscure Olympic sports. I wonder if the latter exist?

  5. Willaful
    May 10, 2014 @ 14:54:59

    @hapax: Me too! I love pretty much any hero that breaks the incredibly tall/incredibly buff/incredibly hung mold…

  6. leslie
    May 10, 2014 @ 15:34:26

    Sold!
    Jack Bennett reminds me of Bret Boone a second baseman who played for the Seattle Mariners about ten years ago. He was a little dude, but man he was a terrific player.

  7. JL
    May 10, 2014 @ 20:38:00

    @Rose:
    I think that’s a smart point. I’ve enjoyed all the football romances I’ve read even though I know nothing about the sport. But I recently read a soccer romance that Carina Press (I think) put out. It was quite good and the soccer bits were all right, but it still irked me to read things that didn’t make sense with how it should be in my head. Either way, this book looks great.

  8. SonomaLass
    May 10, 2014 @ 22:27:17

    I bought this book when it was mentioned before, but I haven’t read it yet. Love me some baseball romance, and this sounds like a good one.

  9. Ros
    May 10, 2014 @ 22:30:45

    @Rose: Natalie Anderson’s Walk on the Wild Side has an Olympic snowboarder hero. I really loved that book.

  10. Rose
    May 11, 2014 @ 05:02:54

    Thanks, Ros – I’ll take a look! Snowboarding isn’t all that obscure compared to many Olympic sports, but I know pretty much nothing about it, so I won’t be bothered if the details are off.

    @leslie:
    I was thinking of Marcus Giles – Boone is too tall ;)

  11. Andrea D
    May 11, 2014 @ 10:39:29

    @Rose: I think you’re right about sports romances. I love baseball, but whenever I read a romance with baseball in it, the details distract me. I’m only a casual fan of hockey, and I really liked the hockey romance I tried recently. I have no idea if the details of the hockey game or NHL were accurate.

    @leslie @Rose: David Eckstein jumped to my mind when I read the hero’s description. LOL. He seems to me like the quintessential undersized middle infielder. Based on his physique (and his arm strength) it was always a wonder to me how he stayed so long in the big leagues.

  12. leftcoaster
    May 15, 2014 @ 12:52:08

    I am not a big fan of sports romances, but I bought this for 3 reasons…I loved that the cover wasn’t perfect models ripping each other clothes off and also alluded to the content of the book, I loved that the hero wasn’t tall, and Jane recommended it.

    I read it in 2 sittings and liked it a lot. The back and forth tension with them felt real to me, and I liked the sense of humor and the personal growth story arc and the romance was compelling. All wins.

    The only part I found problematic was the using food to describe someone’s skin color who isn’t white. That drives me almost as bonkers as calling beige nude. You never hear Caucasians described as panna cotta or marshmellows or an unripe strawberry or a gulf shrimp or whatever, but the minute someone’s not white it’s all chocolate, or cocoa, or almond eyes, or in this case butterscotch sauce. There has got to be a better way to do this authors, seriously, you’re gonna have to figure out how to talk about someone’s non-whiteness in a book without bringing up food. That whole butterscotch thing made me feel a little sensitive about how a Latina woman in the book was portrayed. I would love to read the next book but I’m not sure I could handle all the butterscotch.

  13. Willaful
    May 15, 2014 @ 13:43:25

    @leftcoaster: Heh… I was just posting about this on twitter. Drives me nuts. It’s as if people of color make white people ravenous.

    I think the intention is well meaning: white authors want to write about POC characters without making a big deal out of their race, or pointing it out in a very obvious way. And they want an attractive association. But it’s become kind of a creepy code. I think the most interesting option would be to mention the skin of every character, subtly or forthrightly, and not feel the need to point out only those who aren’t white. Why perpetuate the white default? But just describing skin tone without resorting to food similes is perfectly possible. Black authors manage it.

  14. leftcoaster
    May 15, 2014 @ 14:10:42

    I guess I’m at the point that I don’t really care if it is well meaning, you know? Because it’s stupid. Also, racist. That comes across as harsh and I am not sure how to say it in a way that isn’t.

  15. Willaful
    May 15, 2014 @ 14:32:32

    @leftcoaster: IME, white people — I include myself — often wind up being the most racist when we’re trying the hardest not to be. :-(

  16. Beth Bolden
    May 15, 2014 @ 14:40:57

    Hi guys, I’m so glad you liked reading the Lucky Charm–and thank you to Jane for the wonderful review.

    I told myself I wouldn’t comment because I think it’s bad form for authors to comment on reviews, but I want to clear up the point about the skin color–Noah isn’t meant to be multi-cultural. He’s got darker skin because he’s naturally olive-skinned and he spends so much outside that he’s become quite tann. I know I probably didn’t communicate that very well in the text, and that’s my fault. But I am really glad someone brought it up because I’m working on his book now and I can easily change it so that there’s zero confusion next time.

    As an author, the very last thing I want to be is racist, even if it’s unintentional. In fact, I worried a lot that people would find Pilar too one-note and simplified as a character, and had a Hispanic friend read the text to make sure I didn’t inadvertently put my foot in my mouth.

    Again, thank you for reading. It means so much because we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to books.

  17. wikkidsexycool
    May 15, 2014 @ 14:42:17

    @leftcoaster:

    I agree with much of what you say. I think the only way to change it is to do exactly as you’ve done. Speak out on it. I’ve got three sports romances coming out this summer, and I’ve had to self-police my own writing so that I didn’t fall back on using similar terms (though I have used white as marshmellow to describe a character). Now I ‘ve decided to keep it simple. I use brown, dark brown, tear drop shaped eyes, and other means to describe characters of different races.

  18. leftcoaster
    May 15, 2014 @ 15:03:05

    @Beth Bolden: Ummm, hmmm. I’m not sure what to say here without it devolving into some horrifying meta discussion about whiteness, but I’m pretty sure that “naturally olive skinned” argues for someone with a mixed racial background. Maybe something for you to think about?

    I don’t want to derail this conversation completely, and this isn’t directed solely to Beth, but I do think that just because one didn’t intend to be racist doesn’t mean they are not. I also think that the descriptor needs to stop being used only to describe people who are so far on the end of the spectrum they are horrifying because then it’s harder for us to recognize racism in people (including ourselves) who are good or well meaning. I think an intrinsically good person can do something that is ignorant, well meaning and also racist.

  19. Maria F
    May 15, 2014 @ 15:13:44

    Interesting about reactions to skin color descriptions. I’ve seen “creamy” to describe white female characters’ skin many times. Weirdly, that can (not always) to me feel racist against women of color (as in, suggesting that only perfectly white skin is lusciously delicious). It makes me a little uncomfortable as a white woman, but I think that’s because my skin is definitely not creamy perfection of any kind…I’m wondering whether this is also gendered? Are male characters’ skin tones often edible? Off the top of my head I’m thinking of copper, golden, mahogony…

  20. Beth Bolden
    May 15, 2014 @ 15:26:29

    @leftcoaster: I appreciate the comment and the learning opportunity. As I said, I will try to be more sensitive in the next book. My apologies to anyone who was offended.

  21. MrsJoseph
    May 15, 2014 @ 15:27:12

    @leftcoaster: Thank you! I really get tired of the food descriptions to describe POCs. It’s just not necessary and it does feel a little weird…and don’t let me be on a diet! OMG! The caramel and chocolate and “toasted marshmallow” gets overwhelming.

    Same goes for describing [women's] nipples as fruit (berries, peaches, melons). *faceplam* It only works once in a while.

  22. Willaful
    May 15, 2014 @ 15:29:49

    @Maria F: When I brought this up on Twitter, Laura Florand mentioned “strawberries and cream,” which is indeed used to describe white skin sometimes. But the amount of usage is very different… the food/drink imagery is *so* pervasive.

  23. MrsJoseph
    May 15, 2014 @ 15:30:51

    @Maria F: I’ve only seen male POCs as foods. Most of the white-ish males characters I’ve read are often described as “golden” and “sun kissed” and “bronzed.” Huh. I think I’ve figured out the code! POCs seem to be dessert, women’s breasts are berries and white males are some form of precious metal.

  24. wikkidsexycool
    May 15, 2014 @ 15:31:06

    @Maria F:

    OT:
    JR Ward broke the hearts of many of my friends when she first stated members of the BDB had some golden color to their complexions (I’d have to go back to the first few books. Maybe someone else knows of what I speak) Then after Pain’s (spelled Payne? not sure) book came out, it was explained that she (Pain) was olive in complexion and there was a bit more info about how it resembled someone Mediterranean.

  25. cleo
    May 15, 2014 @ 15:41:49

    @wilaful – I thought of peaches and cream.

  26. Maria F
    May 15, 2014 @ 15:59:47

    @Willaful: you’re probably right. I think anyone with brown eyes gets the chocolate treatment, though.

    @MrsJoseph: lol. maybe we need to expand the white males’ range…zinc, tin, platinum…

    @wikkidsexycool: it’s been a while since I’ve read the BDB…got off the train with Phury’s book. But (continuing OT) about olive skin: when I was a kid, I thought that meant the character’s skin was GREENISH. Even more perplexed when they were from Italy (half my heritage, but from the north where people tend to be paler). I finally decided it meant someone who looked like they came from where olive trees grow. (So I guess as someone who grew up in southern US, my skin is kudzu-toned…!)

  27. MrsJoseph
    May 15, 2014 @ 16:10:07

    @Maria F: LOL!!! I’m still at work so I got very strange looks when I burst out laughing at “kudzu.” I’m from a place where kudzu grows in abundance.

  28. Maria F
    May 15, 2014 @ 16:39:58

    @MrsJoseph: so you’ve probably heard this one: how do you grow kudzu? Throw the seeds and run like hell!

  29. Sunita
    May 15, 2014 @ 20:39:29

    I haven’t read this yet (it’s in my TBR) so I’m only commenting on the discussion about how to talk about skin color. Given how much the genre emphasizes details about physical appearance, I can understand how we wind up with explicit descriptions, food-related or otherwise.

    I’ve heard olive-skinned a lot, and read it even more frequently. In my experience it’s a common term for people from European and Middle Eastern cultures/countries around the Mediterranean, usually indicating a skin tone that is not only darker (often not that much darker in practice) but different in actual color tone. It can also be applied to mixed-race people, obviously, but I’ve never seen it as exclusively that.

    As I said in a Twitter conversation about this, on my father’s side we have skin color ranging from very, very fair by Indian standards to medium-dark. We’ve never used food designations, just terms like light, medium, etc. (I’ve been called sallow in the winter, usually with a sad, clucking sound as accompaniment). Obviously that’s just my experience.

  30. angel
    May 15, 2014 @ 20:44:37

    I came on to see Beth’s review (!) as I reviewed it myself and wanted to see what Dear Author thought! Then I dove into the comments. I was really surprised as a reader and author to find the discussion on color and food and racism. Just to be upfront I’m a white girl so I guess that will negate my opinion, but I’m sharing it anyway.

    Obviously the words peach and butterscotch and cocoa and cream and caramel, honey etc are words for food. But they also really imply a color. In fact, I bet if you went to the paint store and started searching swatches they would say those same words to describe the color. If it’s bothering people it may be overused, but at the same time readers don’t like it when you do not describe your characters in enough detail to “see” them and it feels clunky to say, “My best friend Iris is African-American.” We’re trying to “show” this information, not “tell” it.

    Would it be better to say that someone has skin the color of tree bark? Mud or dirt? Should we say it’s the color of a stained piece of cloth? The color of sand on a beach? Bricks? Oil? Construction paper? Tire treads? The color of the sole of my shoe? Sandpaper? (There’s mahogany but that’s clearly also over used.) We’re trying to come up with imagery here and none of those are working for me as an author (or reader.)

    I tend to write POC in all my books. And several times I have had readers ask me IF they are black or Asian. I guess I didn’t use food words but I also must not have said enough to get it across otherwise. So it’s a tight spot for an author to be in, how to do you make this clear without sounding like a racist? To be honest, I have asked friends who are POC and they seem to have a hard time with this too. So I guess it’s an author’s struggle to try to work it out, but I’ll stand by the position that using a food color is not racist because that just doesn’t even make sense.

  31. Sunita
    May 15, 2014 @ 21:15:41

    @angel: In comments to a post over at my personal blog, DA commenter Cleo made a really interesting observation. She was reading Nelson Mandela’s autobiography and noticed that he mentioned when someone was white or Indian but not when they were black, because for him black was the default category. I realized then that in the US I don’t notice (pay attention) when someone is white and in India I don’t notice when they’re Indian. Because the default category just *is*.

    This is the issue when you’re talking about characters, although I recognize that as writers of fiction you are creating images. But authors don’t spend nearly as much time creating imagery of white skin color as they do with non-white skin color, and that’s the problem.

    You don’t need to tell the reader the exact color of a person’s skin unless the particular shade is relevant to the story. Sometimes it is, i.e., if someone is particularly light- or dark-skinned, that can matter in different ways in specific contexts. But otherwise, why can’t you just have the character notice the person-of-different-ethnicity the way Mandela did?

  32. Jane
    May 15, 2014 @ 21:29:13

    The food description didn’t bother me. I didn’t perceive it to be racist. I understand the complaints and concerns but why is using food more offensive than say nature colors? Like teak or mahogany?

    I understand what you are saying Sunita by the tendency toward over describe skin color of poc characters but that wasn’t the case in this book.

    Just my opinion.

  33. Kaetrin
    May 15, 2014 @ 22:54:54

    I see and hear lots of descriptions of skin colour in my reading and listening and most of those characters are white (although I’m trying to diversify my reading/listening more). There’s lots of talk about peaches and cream complexions, alabaster skin, pale as milk, etc etc. My perception is that skin colour is described very often for white people as well. I think I most often see the descriptions of skin colour for white people in sex scenes where the hero is waxing lyrical over the heroine’s beautiful skin. Sometimes it is tanned, or freckled or pale, creamy, golden or honey coloured but I feel like there is a lot of description.

    I actually feel like really white pale skin is kind of fetishised (mostly by white authors) in romance, just as a tan is fetishised for heroes. I think pale = weak/delicate/wimpy in romance for some reason.

    I’ve seen people comment they don’t like the food as colour descriptors for skin, hair and eyes but I’ve not really particularly connected it to race before. As a reader, those descriptions are often helpful to me to get a picture in my head in terms I can relate to. I see descriptions of white people with brown eyes which are described in terms of food or drink – coffee, bitter chocolate, whiskey coloured etc – so I didn’t think those descriptors were only reserved for people of colour. That being so, I didn’t think of them as racist, just as descriptors which I *thought* were fairly benign, if perhaps somewhat overused. I’m often oblivious to things though and being white, I don’t have the same context as a person of colour, so maybe they’re not as benign as I thought?

  34. wikkidsexycool
    May 15, 2014 @ 23:33:58

    For me it comes down to the intent and skill level of the author. If I’m reading a book and the non-minority characters are described in gushing terms that would make the angels weep, but when it comes to characters of color appearing in a scene and they get the food treatment, I’d have to wonder why they’re not afforded the same courtesy as the other characters.

    Even worse. Imagine a book having a chocolate lab and also a person who is described as being chocolate in complexion. I read a book that shall not be named, labeling one race as coals and another as pearls, and somehow the author couldn’t understand why anyone would take offense.

    I think objects are used in place of actual descriptions because its easy. Also, it’s something that can readily come to mind for a reader, perhaps as a pleasurable experience. but I’ve read my share of books that say someone was as “black as asphalt” and that doesn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy, just like describing someone with teak colored skin. It might look good on paper, but saying it aloud, or even thinking of how most people describe others in real life, how many people say “You know Miss so-and so, the teak colored lady in accounting?”

    I won’t get pulled out of a story if say, the writer states someone has chocolate colored eyes. But it’s when its overdone and used in place of either describing a character of color’s features or that they’re attractive without having to resort to giving them green eyes or straight hair.

    Now that I’m self-pubbing, I get that its hard not to fall back on using a piece of fruit or something from nature. I haven’t completely stopped doing it, but I’m trying.

  35. leftcoaster
    May 16, 2014 @ 00:52:59

    I feel like I need to clarify a few things here… my point was that I’ve noticed white people’s skin doesn’t get described as being like food in the same way food gets used to describe the skin of not-white people in the same book. When it’s limited to just not-white people in a book, even if it’s intended to be positive, it reads to me like a fetishization of their not-whiteness, or pointing out something that isn’t “normal”. I’m not arguing that it’s not ok to describe skin, just that I see not-white skin described differently then white skin in the same book. If you’re going to throw down with the chocolate and cafe au lait and butterscotch skin I want to see the same treatment of the white characters, which is what I thought I was communicating with my panna cotta, marshmallow and cooked shrimp quip. It’s the differential treatment that bothers me, not someone’s fondness for food similes.

    Lastly, I was thinking about Mediterranean, Middle Eastern etc. when I made my comment about mixed race and “naturally olive skinned” but the mixing in my mind happened quite a while ago, relatively speaking (I’m a science nerd and find DNA studies populations fascinating). I didn’t express myself very clearly there and I apologize. Regardless, I’m not sure the default meaning of “olive skinned” is white but tans nicely?

    Ok, so now I’m going to go off and think about the term “wheatish complexion” and where it fits in all this.

  36. Kaetrin
    May 16, 2014 @ 01:22:33

    @leftcoaster: thank you for that clarification – you’re quite right: in the same book makes all the difference. I’m sorry – I sometimes need things explained to me for me to get the nuances.

    When I think of it, most often the references to white skin and food/drink (cream, peaches, honey, milky, etc) in my reading are in books where there really isn’t any people of colour – and of course, that’s another issue altogether.

    I have this book on the TBR – I hope to get to it soonish.

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