13 Days of Love: Day 10 Tamar & If You Come Softly

Tamar by Mal Peet

How far would you go for someone you love? Would you be willing to lie? To betray? To kill? In Mal Peet’s Tamar, two young men in love with the same woman have to answer that question, and decide whether passion is more important than their friendship.

Two British agents, code-named Dart and Tamar, are stationed in Holland during World War II to help the Dutch Resistance. They are dedicated to their cause and to each other, until Dart falls in love with Marijke, a local member of the resistance (who is, unbeknownst to him, Tamar’s lover.) Dart is confident that Marijke prefers him to Tamar and begins to resent and feel betrayed by his superior officer. In the end, only one man will get the girl, but how far is each willing to go to ensure that he is the winner?

Fifty years later, a fifteen-year-old girl named Tamar is trying to figure out why her grandfather committed suicide. All she has to go on is a box he left her with an old passport, a crossword puzzle, a picture of two soldiers, four maps, and some money. As Tamar follows the maps and uncovers her grandfather’s history, she uncovers a story of love, passion, and ultimate betrayal.

(Tamar provided to us today by Heather)


If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

Despite the fact that Ellie is Jewish and white, Jeremiah falls in love with her. From the first time he sees her in the halls of their prep school in New York, where he stands out as a black teenage boy, to the time she meets his parents all they see is the love they have for one another. Not everyone else sees it like that and they have to learn to cope with other people’s reactions to them. Jacqueline Woodson tells a beautiful story of first love in this heart-wrenching book.

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