Four years after the end of World War II, Emma Williams, an adventurous young Londoner, falls madly in love with BJ Johnson, an immigrant writer from Jamaica. Both know their clandestine affair must remain secret for fear of racial prejudice and narrow-minded bigotry. Will their relationship survive against the odds, or will an unplanned pregnancy change their individual ambitions for the future? Only time will tell. Skin Deep is a romance that portrays the challenges many Jamaican immigrants to the UK faced in the period shortly after the end of the Second World War. BJ and Emma are the main characters, forced to keep their love secret due to the prejudices of the day, which were widespread against people of different ethnic backgrounds. They are separated by the challenges they face and this book makes the reader want to discover if they can overcome and find true love. This is a story which was a sad truth for many couples of this era. A thoroughly enjoyable read. -Janet Muskett, Helensvale, Gold Coast, Queensland Skin Deep is a powerful reflection of post-World War Two Britain in which two young lovers are forced to confront simmering racial discrimination. Emma and BJ know that their unstoppable, passionate affair is pitted against all odds and which ultimately is to crash and burn, leaving an innocent young mixed-race child searching for identity and acceptance. It is pure fiction but could so easily be fact. Vera Berry Burrows has skilfully woven romance, intrigue and suspense into a story of humanity's darkest failure that is as much alive and relevant today as it was generations ago. It's a great read and a story that I, for one, hope will have a sequel. -Ernest Allenbrook, former UK newspaper journalist and author. Another excellent novel from the pen of this author, taking the reader from the devastation of war-torn London to the peace and tranquillity of the Caribbean. As it spans three decades and two continents, Emma experiences love and hatred, rejection and acceptance, and racism that results in heartbreak. It is a story of how staying true to yourself can only lead to the happiness you deserve. -Carole Cullen, Bilambil Heights, NSW Skin Deep is a thought-provoking novel by Vera Berry Burrows. This beautiful tale starts in the 1940s and takes you on an exciting journey. We are cleverly transported back and forth in time between England and the Caribbean, as we follow the lives of two young people. A story about taking risks, as Emma, a white secretary, finds love with BJ, a black school teacher. A love story with many obstacles and setbacks as they both try to navigate a society that may not accept their relationship. Will racial differences matter? Is their love strong enough? Are they brave enough? A thoroughly enjoyable read, so set aside some spare time because you won't want to put it down. -Karen Snowden, Pacific Pines, Gold Coast, Queensland
Vera Berry-Burrows is a UK-born former teacher of English Language and Literature, living in Queensland, Australia with former journalist husband, Alan. She has a son and two grandsons living in the UK. She has been writing for a number of years and has had numerous non-fiction articles published in the UK and in Australia. She was educated at Farnworth Grammar School in Lancashire, trained as a teacher at St Katharine's College, Liverpool and gained a Bachelor of Arts degree with the Open University, UK.
Since she took early retirement in 1994 having been in the teaching profession for thirty-one years, writing has become her compulsive hobby. Skin Deep is her eighth published novel.