Pearl and Caleb made for an interesting pair during this book. I wished for dialect of that time period; the way they spoke seemed very modern. I also would have liked to see a bit more romance between the two. There were so many love scenes and not enough interaction between the main characters. For such a lengthy book I would love to have seen them together more talking and bonding. I did find it a little unrealistic that they would fall suddenly in love and act on it within knowing each other for more than a day…especially considering the time period and all that was going on.
I did enjoy the scene of the reuniting in the end. I felt out of the entire book it was very sweet. Caleb was finally uncaring of the rest of the world and Pearl was so worried for Caleb she, at this point wanted to leave him alone so that he could live his life and what she felt would be contentment. The only problem is how could Caleb possibly be happy without the love of his life? Will Pearl realize the only way they can truly be happy is together?
When Pearl’s sheltered life shatters in the 1930s with her mother’s death, her only option is to move in with poor relatives and shuck oysters in the local plant on Oyster Island, Maryland.
Determined to live a morally proper life, the last thing she wants is an affair with a white man, but Caleb, the plant owner, knows a pearl when he sees one. The successful widower is the “oyster king” of the island, but his intense desire for his forbidden new employee, a woman of color, threatens everything he’s built.
What begins as a private sexual liaison flowers into strong feelings that don’t fit the social mores of the island. When their secret is discovered, they risk losing everything. They dared to pluck the pearl, but will their love be strong enough to keep it forever?