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Be Not Afraid, Let Us Dream, Let It Shine

Be Not Afraid, Let Us Dream, Let It Shine

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Be Not Afraid, Let Us Dream, Let It Shine

Three novellas by of the Black Experience in America by Alyssa Cole

These historical stories with romance are set in:

  • 1776, Revolustionary War
  • A Harlem Cabaret in 1917 
  • 1961, Civil Rights Movement

Brooklyn, 1776 Elijah Sutton is no fool, despite his love of a country that enslaves people like him. When he's offered land, livestock, and-most importantly-his freedom if he fights in his Patriot owner's stead, Elijah believes he'll soon have everything he ever wanted...and then he meets Kate. The Crown has promised freedom to slaves who escape their Patriot masters and join the British side, and Kate intends to take them up on it. She's eager to leave America-and the painful memories it holds for her-far behind...and then she meets Elijah. Their attraction is undeniable, but their goals couldn't be further apart. When Elijah is captured by the British while helping Kate, they're thrown into close proximity and forced to choose between their hopes for the future and their hearts.

"Harlem, 1917. After spending half her life pretending to be something she's not, performance is second nature for cabaret owner Bertha Hines. With the election drawing near and women's voting rights on the ballot, Bertha decides to use her persuasive skills to push the men of New York City in the right direction. Chef Amir Chowdhury jumped ship in New York to get a taste of the American Dream, only to discover he's an unwanted ingredient. When ornery Amir reluctantly takes a job at The Cashmere, he thinks he's hit the bottom of the barrel; however, working at the club reignites his dream of being a force for change. His boss, Bertha, ignites something else in him. Bertha and Amir clash from the start, but her knowledge of politics and his knowledge of dance force them into a detente that fans the flames of latent desire. But Bertha has the vice squad on her tail, and news from home may end Amir's dream before it comes to fruition. With their pasts and futures stacked against them, can Amir and Bertha hold on to their growing love?"--

Sofronia Wallis knows that proper Black women don't court trouble by upending the status quo but it's 1961 and the Civil Rights movement is in full swing. Sofie has spent half her life being prim, proper, and reserved but the nonviolent protests happening across the south bring out her inner agitator. Ivan Friedman has devoted his life to boxing, loving the finesse of a well-delivered punch and the penance of receiving one. His family escaped from Europe before the horrors of WWII and Ivan decides to help fight injustice in their new country even if it goes against all his instincts as a fighter. When Ivan and Sofie meet, they realize that their pasts are intertwined and with the sparks that fly between them perhaps their futures will be too. With everything in their society lined up against them, will Sofie and Ivan be able to beat the odds? Or will their chance at love be destroyed by the tumultuous times in which they live?

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