Carolina Built

S. & S. Audio. Feb. 2022. 10:07 hrs. ISBN 9781797137698. $23.99. F
Romance author Alexander (After Hours Attraction) turns to historical fiction in this fictionalized biography of Josephine N. Leary, one of the first female African American real estate entrepreneurs. This book will transport listeners to the 1870s with immersive details. Listeners will enjoy their time with Leary but might wish to learn more about the conflict and obstacles she had to overcome.
VERDICT The narrators’ voices are music to the ear. Shayna Small moves quickly between the characters, creating enough distinction between them to make it possible to follow the story, and her alto tones lull listeners into the North Carolina of the past. Leon Nixon personifies Sweety, making his voice heard in the wake of his determined and strong-willed wife.
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