By Belinda Boring
Liberty Montgomery is many things:
A dutiful daughter.
Easy to manipulate.
But secretly she wants more.
Are some chances worth taking? What would she risk for freedom?
I had a hard time with this book. The premise is Liberty wants…well, liberty. The problem is she isn’t strong enough to fight for it. Just because I had a hard time with it, doesn’t mean it wasn’t well written. It was the opposite in fact. You can feel how much she wants a different life. Her hopes and dreams come off the page, even though she’s too afraid to think them let alone voice them. I couldn’t fathom how she could be strong enough to live a life she hated to perfection couldn’t figure out how to break free and control her own destiny. As with most mysteries, there is an answer. It’s just buried so deeply, Liberty doesn’t think about it until someone else mentions it.
Then we meet Oliver. He’s the waiter who spots a kindred spirit in Liberty. Having been where she is, he recognizes the spirit fighting to break free. He vows to be there as a friend for her. Not that he would pass up the opportunity for more, but he knows deep down she isn’t ready. So he sets about showing her the best parts of his world during the brief moments she can escape the confines of her life.
People have many prisons without bars or locks. Liberty’s happens to be built and controlled by her society conscious parents. It was hard for me to fathom the kind of life she lived, but I could see it was possible. The only thing that I could not get passed was the thought that those types of parents would have never named their daughter Liberty. The names makes for a great title and describes what she is searching for, but I didn’t buy it, and there’s never an explanation of why such traditional parents chose such a nontraditional name.
Overall, Loving Liberty is a book that will keep you engaged to find out what happens next. I wouldn’t call the ending a cliffie. Ms. Boring definitely gives an ending to the story, but there could be potential for more because Liberty was just figuring everything out. I think she has a lot more to say.
Reviewed by Liz.