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Why You Should Read This Book

"I could list a hundred plus reasons why I love Beverly Jenkins, but at the top of the list is how her stories focus on parts of Black History that we don't learn in school with the promise of a happy ending for her characters. When coming away from one of her stories, you're even more proud of our history than you were when you began reading and I think black joy deserves to be celebrated more." - Bree Hill


More About Bree Hill

Bree is a retired Air Force police officer turned stay at home mom and full time college student, currently pursuing her MA in Teaching. She considers her small town in Missouri and Memphis, Tennessee home but is a Texas transplant. Romance is her go to genre but she also loves memoirs by women and poetry.


About the Book

Valinda Lacy’s mission in the steamy heart of New Orleans is to help the newly emancipated community survive and flourish. But soon she discovers that here, freedom can also mean danger. When thugs destroy the school she has set up and then target her, Valinda runs for her life—and straight into the arms of Captain Drake LeVeq.

As an architect from an old New Orleans family, Drake has a deeply personal interest in rebuilding the city. Raised by strong women, he recognizes Valinda’s determination. And he can’t stop admiring—or wanting—her. But when Valinda’s father demands she return home to marry a man she doesn’t love, her daring rebellion draws Drake into an irresistible intrigue.


About the Author

Beverly Jenkins is the recipient of the 2017 Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for historical romance. She has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature, was featured both in the documentary “Love Between the Covers” and on CBS Sunday Morning. Since the publication of Night Song in 1994, she has been leading the charge for multicultural romance, and has been a constant darling of reviewers, fans, and her peers alike, garnering accolades for her work from the likes of The Wall Street JournalPeople Magazine, and NPR.