Daughters of a Nation: A Black Suffragette Historical Romance Anthology

& others. Maroon Ash. Nov. 2016. 393p. ebk. ISBN 9781941885338. $4.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
OrangeReviewStarFour romance authors have taken a different point of view in these stories, set between 1866 and 1917. Each tale features strong female heroines, with romance lending flavor to the captivating historical basics. In Lena Hart's "In the Morning Sun," Madeline Asher is trying to educate the black people of Nebraska to enable them to vote when her former love, whom she thought was lost in the Civil War, reappears. In Piper Huguley's "The Washerwomen's War," college educated Mamie Harper is working with washerwomen in Atlanta when her eye is caught by a preacher man. Sarah Webster, a pastry chef in Wyoming and a suffragette, comes home to Fayetteville, NC, for a party and falls for the local carpenter in Alexander's "A Radiant Soul." Bertha Hines, the protagonist of Alyssa Cole's "Let Us Dream," owns a cabaret in New York's Harlem and is intent on winning the vote for women when her chef has her thinking about other things.
VERDICT All four stories are exceptional in describing the time period. The plots are compelling, as are the romances. For all romance and historical fiction collections.
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