Ms. Swanson has done a very good job creating EBONY EYES. Her characters are rich, charismatic and totally realistic. She used racism, prosperity and deceit. These are the building blocks to a great read. I like how Corie blossomed in Laine's care. Despite the cultural differences, criminal elements and fear, love held steady as a rock. I was able to enjoy this story despite the fact that it is not a normal choice for me. I am Caucasian and tend to read those types of books. Asian and African American are cultures that I have never identified with before. This book has changed that somewhat as I took a walk on the other side so to speak.