1960s

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Daughters of Jubilation

Daughters of Jubilation is a powerful read.  Imbued with a beautiful, graceful sense of strength, it comes out swinging with a heroine who has a wonderfully memorable voice. Sixteen-year-old Evalene – Evvie - Deschamps is growing up in a Jim Crow Era mid-south, helping to care for her younger ...

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Utopia Avenue

Utopia Avenue is one part Backbeat, two more of the bracing whimsical wit of A Hard Day’s Night, several parts Head-like support of social upheaval and psychedelics, with maybe a skosh of That Thing You Do! thrown in.  The rest is the story - detailing the struggles and joys of the titular psych- ...

B+
All the Ways We Said Goodbye

Powerhouse authors Beatriz Williams, Karen White, and Lauren Willig have teamed up for their third collaboration, a triple timeline story about three women whose lives are inexplicably bound up in the somewhat tragic history of Paris' Ritz Hotel. The sweeping tale spans fifty years, introducing read ...

B+
Promise Me a Dream

Promise Me a Dream is a gentle, tender story about two people coming together at a turbulent time in American history.  Unsparing when discussing racial violence, it also tells a lovely story of community and first true love.  And while I had a couple of issues with the stiffness of its prose, ove ...

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Christmas Presents and Past

I was a small child during the last years of the Vietnam War era, and unlike the hero and heroine of Christmas Presents and Past, have no first hand memories of the conflict or the political upheaval it caused. Learning about the events through their eyes has given me a new appreciation for this per ...

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When We Left Cuba

Late in 2018, I started hearing quite a bit of talk about Chanel Cleeton's novel Next Year in Havana. The premise intrigued me, so I added it to my extremely sizable TBR pile, but didn't actually get around to reading it until February of 2019. I was completely captivated by both the setting and the ...

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Earth Bound

Twentieth century historical romances are much less common than their regency or medieval counterparts so the sky’s the limit (or not in this case) for co-authors Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner to tackle the post-World War Two space-race era. Earth Bound is the second full-length novel in the Fly ...

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Free Fall

Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner’s continuing series about life and love among astronauts and aeronautic engineers working on the American space program in the 1960’s continues with Free Fall, a charming entry about an emerging society girl and the up and coming astronaut who impregnates her. ...

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The Summer Wives

I've been intrigued for years by things I've heard about Beatriz Williams' work, but it wasn't until I picked up her latest novel, The Summer Wives, that I realized what a master storyteller the author really is. Reading this book has been one of the high points of my summer, and I can't wait for ot ...

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Lost in the Beehive

In Lost In the Beehive, author Michele Young-Stone introduces readers to teenager Gloria Ricci, a young woman doing the best she can to make her way in a confusing and often unforgiving world. The novel is set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 1960s, an era I'm not often drawn to, but Gloria's ...