The Brightest Day: A Juneteenth Historical Romance Anthology

& others. Seditious Sisters. Jun. 2015. 396p. ebk. $4.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
OrangeReviewStarThis anthology includes the stories of four ambitious women focused on working toward a better life. In Lena Hart's "Amazing Grace," Gracie, who escaped from slavery as a child, seeks a new journey out to a marriage in Montana. The question is whether she can make it there without falling for one of her traveling companions. Rosaline Rhodes, in Alexander's "Drifting to You," is concentrating on establishing her baking business but also has to decide between the man of her dreams and a man with money. In Piper Huguley's "A Sweet Way to Freedom," schoolteacher Missouri is pregnant and has lost her job. Can Arlo finally become the husband he knows he should be? Sofie finds the voice she thought she lost through the early civil rights movement with the help of a Jewish boxer, in Alyssa Cole's "Let It Shine." Together, these tales portray strong women making their dreams a reality, which is what Juneteenth represents.
VERDICT A fantastic historical anthology highlighting resilient women who don't necessarily need a man but can get the one they want.
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