By Ani Keating
Elisa Snow tragically lost her family. In an effort to start a new life she packed up and moved from England to Portland, OR. As a chemistry major she endeavored to bring to life her father's dream in the form of a fast digesting protein with military and humanitarian implications. Unfortunately she will not be able to complete her invention as intended, as her visa applications have been denied. One week after graduation she must leave the US.
My name is Elisa Snow. I am twenty-two years old. I was born and raised in Burford, England. I am here on a student visa. My parents passed away when I was eighteen. That is why I moved here. This is my home. I go to Reed College. I graduate in one week. I majored in chemistry. I have developed a nutrient component that in small doses can deliver the equivalent nutritional sustenance of a serving of wild salmon. It can fight malnutrition with very little cost. Please let me stay. I do not plan to harm the United States. I have no where else to go.
Aiden Hale is one of the most successful venture capitalist in the country. He’s fell in love with a painting that features Elisa as the model and commissions a private painting of her. But, this strong and powerful man has secrets.
A tall man, dressed in a tailored charcoal suit, white shirt and cobalt-blue tie, is standing a few feet from her desk, scrutinizing a painting. His dark brown hair is swept back in casual waves. His eyes burn an intense sapphire blue. ON the corner of his right eye is an inch-long scar, bleached by time. Beautiful in its savagery. Like something sharp could not resist his beauty by ricocheted at the last minute, desperate to mark him at its own, yet unable to defile him.
As a resident of a border state I am acutely aware of the some of the more sorted effects of US immigration practices. I applaud Keating for the courage to brave such a polarizing topic. It is a pity that most American do not engage in discourse of these important topics unless served by popular culture. Thirty Nights is not only entertaining it is important.
Beyond the politics, Thirty Nights is an achingly good book. It tells the story of two complicated people and how messy life can get. Its sexy and heart breaking, and an example of the the human condition.
An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review.