Bingo Love

Finished Bingo Love by Tee Franklin.

Summary (from Goodreads):

“When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-’60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.From TEE FRANKLIN (NAILBITER’s “THE OUTFIT,” Love is Love) and JENN ST-ONGE (Jem & The Misfits), BINGO LOVE is a touching story of love, family, and resiliency that spans over 60 years.”

Mari and Hazel meet and quickly fall in love, but they’re not allowed to be together. (Their families don’t approve and it’s very much a different time.) They end up getting married to other people and don’t see or contact each other at all for years. But when they do run into each other again, decades later, it’s clear that their feelings haven’t changed.

This story is incredibly bittersweet. We never have as much time with people we love as we would want, and Mari and Hazel spent so much of their lives apart.

But it’s also about being who you are and going after what you want, and that’s always a lesson worth learning.

Highly recommended.

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