by Bill Brooks

March 2005
ISBN: 0-765-31188-7
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During the Great Depression of the 1930s, people are crushed and ragged. There’s no hope and no joy in the bleak reality of their lives. Money’s tight and getting scarce. With no way to see the light at the end of the tunnel, the people of the nation thrill to the exploits of the bank robbers who seem to thrive during this time.

Two of the most notorious are Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Their killing spree races through the southern Mid-West and they have become legends. To regular people, they’ve become the image of a free wheeling life without cares. To the police, they are the most wanted pair in the nation. Bonnie and Clyde: A Love Story by Bill Brooks takes us on the exciting and dangerous ride of Bonnie and Clyde’s love and life.

Bonnie Parker is a beautiful and intelligent girl. Making a foolish marriage, she finds herself working at a diner while her husband’s in jail. Life hasn’t turned out the way she wanted. Her poems tell of a better life, a different life somewhere else besides Dallas. She flirts with the customers and worries that this diner and her mother’s home might be all she ever knows.

Clyde Barrow is angry. He’s meant for more than the pathetic life his family is living. He’s willing to do whatever he has to do to get what he thinks he’s owed. Robbing banks and stores, he chooses a life of crime instead of hard work because he’s seen that hard work doesn’t get you anywhere in the world.

From the moment Bonnie and Clyde met, it’s a hot burning love and a deep understanding. Both of them are destined for a better life and are willing to do everything they need to get it. Although they realize they’ll never live to be old, they are determined to live the fullest and fastest life they can. Devoted to each other, they will become legends and die before they reach thirty years of age. Dying in a hail of bullets and blood, Bonnie and Clyde die together and that’s the only way they want to go.

Bill Brooks does a good job taking us into the minds and hearts of two of the nation’s more notorious and legendary killers. We’re treated to the humanization of two people we’ve only seen in movies and read about in books. Whether or not they truly loved like Brooks has written it, we’ll never know, but still the story is complex and entertaining. Both Bonnie and Clyde become more than bloody minded killers. They become lovers who would do anything for each other with an obsessive compulsion. They become humans prone to making mistakes like the rest of us. The story starts out fast and continues the break neck speed until the bloody conclusion of this historic love affair.

For an different look at the infamous duo, pick up Bonnie and Clyde: A Love Story and get caught up in the desperate lives of two dreamers who were looking for better lives than they had.

Reviewed in May 2005 by Jenni.

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