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The fight for suffrage was long, hard, and carried out on many fronts. In Daughters of A Nation, Kianna Alexander, Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart, and Piper Huguley bring you four novellas full of spirit, hope, and, most importantly: LOVE. IN THE MORNING SUN by Lena Hart With the election of 1868 underway, Madeline Asher’s mission is clear: educate and enlist the freedmen of Nebraska The fight for suffrage was long, hard, and carried out on many fronts. In Daughters of A Nation, Kianna Alexander, Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart, and Piper Huguley bring you four novellas full of spirit, hope, and, most importantly: LOVE. IN THE MORNING SUN by Lena Hart With the election of 1868 underway, Madeline Asher’s mission is clear: educate and enlist the freedmen of Nebraska to vote. After losing the man she loved to war—and a small piece of herself along the way—Madeline leaves her life in Philadelphia behind, determined to reclaim her life’s purpose by making a difference in others. With America’s Southern Rebellion at an end, so are the efforts of Union veteran James Blakemore. Tired of the injustices still plaguing the young country, he sets his sights toward his Canadian roots—until fate guides him back to the love he thought he’d lost. Vowing never to leave her side again, James joins Madeline in her cause to help the freedmen of Dunesville, despite rising threats and violence. But with the enforcement of Nebraska’s anti-miscegenation laws, Madeline is forced to choose between a life with her new husband or the chance to shape a greater nation. THE WASHERWOMAN'S WAR by Piper Huguley Atlanta, GA – Summer 1881. When Maime Harper arrives to substitute teach for the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, she bears witness to the injustice told by some of the older students who are washerwomen. Maime’s upbringing as the daughter of the most famous Black suffragette in America means that she cannot be silent and resolves to help her students find their voice and openly protest their mistreatment. ​When the Black Washerwomen go on strike, summer pastor Gabriel Harmon is brought in to mediate a solution but realizes the feisty leader of the opposition is the young teacher from Milford who previously rejected his attempts to pay court to her. When these two forces collide over explosive events during a hot Atlanta summer, only one will be able to win the battle. However, as they clash, Maime and Gabriel learn that there is another war, the war for the heart, that’s well worth the fight. A RADIANT SOUL by Kianna Alexander In 1881, Sarah Webster is returning home to Fayetteville, NC to celebrate her mother's milestone birthday. Having spent the last two years working as a pastry chef in a Cheyenne hotel, she's a very different person than she was when she left. Her efforts towards women's suffrage, unknown to her family back home, are near and dear to her heart. Carpenter Owen Markham, charged with building the gazebo that will serve as Mrs. Webster's birthday gift, is intrigued by the middle daughter of the Webster household, whom he's never met before. Her father has decreed that he and Sarah are suited, but when he hears her unconventional stance on women's role in society, he's not so sure a love match can be made. LET US DREAM by Alyssa Cole 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 blooms into 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?


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The fight for suffrage was long, hard, and carried out on many fronts. In Daughters of A Nation, Kianna Alexander, Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart, and Piper Huguley bring you four novellas full of spirit, hope, and, most importantly: LOVE. IN THE MORNING SUN by Lena Hart With the election of 1868 underway, Madeline Asher’s mission is clear: educate and enlist the freedmen of Nebraska The fight for suffrage was long, hard, and carried out on many fronts. In Daughters of A Nation, Kianna Alexander, Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart, and Piper Huguley bring you four novellas full of spirit, hope, and, most importantly: LOVE. IN THE MORNING SUN by Lena Hart With the election of 1868 underway, Madeline Asher’s mission is clear: educate and enlist the freedmen of Nebraska to vote. After losing the man she loved to war—and a small piece of herself along the way—Madeline leaves her life in Philadelphia behind, determined to reclaim her life’s purpose by making a difference in others. With America’s Southern Rebellion at an end, so are the efforts of Union veteran James Blakemore. Tired of the injustices still plaguing the young country, he sets his sights toward his Canadian roots—until fate guides him back to the love he thought he’d lost. Vowing never to leave her side again, James joins Madeline in her cause to help the freedmen of Dunesville, despite rising threats and violence. But with the enforcement of Nebraska’s anti-miscegenation laws, Madeline is forced to choose between a life with her new husband or the chance to shape a greater nation. THE WASHERWOMAN'S WAR by Piper Huguley Atlanta, GA – Summer 1881. When Maime Harper arrives to substitute teach for the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, she bears witness to the injustice told by some of the older students who are washerwomen. Maime’s upbringing as the daughter of the most famous Black suffragette in America means that she cannot be silent and resolves to help her students find their voice and openly protest their mistreatment. ​When the Black Washerwomen go on strike, summer pastor Gabriel Harmon is brought in to mediate a solution but realizes the feisty leader of the opposition is the young teacher from Milford who previously rejected his attempts to pay court to her. When these two forces collide over explosive events during a hot Atlanta summer, only one will be able to win the battle. However, as they clash, Maime and Gabriel learn that there is another war, the war for the heart, that’s well worth the fight. A RADIANT SOUL by Kianna Alexander In 1881, Sarah Webster is returning home to Fayetteville, NC to celebrate her mother's milestone birthday. Having spent the last two years working as a pastry chef in a Cheyenne hotel, she's a very different person than she was when she left. Her efforts towards women's suffrage, unknown to her family back home, are near and dear to her heart. Carpenter Owen Markham, charged with building the gazebo that will serve as Mrs. Webster's birthday gift, is intrigued by the middle daughter of the Webster household, whom he's never met before. Her father has decreed that he and Sarah are suited, but when he hears her unconventional stance on women's role in society, he's not so sure a love match can be made. LET US DREAM by Alyssa Cole 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 blooms into 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?

30 review for Daughters of a Nation: A Black Suffragette Historical Romance Anthology

  1. 4 out of 5

    K.J. Charles

    ETA: I wrote this in the depths of politics-related misery, which hasn't lifted, but in my gloom I seem to have failed to express one of the more important points, ie that this is a really good romance read. If you enjoy historical romance, get to it. *** Historical romance, and I wish it read like a historical curiosity. These are stories about voter suppression. About men who don't want woman to vote, and white people who don't want POC to vote, and men's brutality to women, and America's shame ETA: I wrote this in the depths of politics-related misery, which hasn't lifted, but in my gloom I seem to have failed to express one of the more important points, ie that this is a really good romance read. If you enjoy historical romance, get to it. *** Historical romance, and I wish it read like a historical curiosity. These are stories about voter suppression. About men who don't want woman to vote, and white people who don't want POC to vote, and men's brutality to women, and America's shameful, grotesque history of racism and violence towards POC and WOC in particular. It's a romance anthology. It's about finding the courage to fight on in dark times, and finding someone who'll fight with you, and not giving up hope, and rejoicing in who you are instead of letting a bigoted society make you ashamed, and in that it's as timely as anything I've read. It tells us that love and decency and common humanity will triumph, and writing on the day Donald Trump has been elected president, that's a message I need to hear and believe in. This is America's past, and maybe America's present, but if there's one thing this book tells us, it's that this doesn't have to be America's future. People can do better. We have to. I don't have the spoons to write much more today but just to note that all of it is a strong, hard-hitting collection, and if Alyssa Cole is the standout, that's because she is unquestionably one of the best writers in the entire field of romance at the moment.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina Jeffries

    I enjoyed all the stories in this anthology because they gave me a perspective on the difficulties WOC endured in their fight for the vote, providing a sobering insight into that struggle. But my favorites were the Kianna Alexander story with its baker heroine and carpenter hero, which dramatized the impact the Garfield assassination had on POC, and the Alyssa Cole story with its nuanced characters, its fascinating look at race and immigration, and its delicious hero and wonderful heroine. Every I enjoyed all the stories in this anthology because they gave me a perspective on the difficulties WOC endured in their fight for the vote, providing a sobering insight into that struggle. But my favorites were the Kianna Alexander story with its baker heroine and carpenter hero, which dramatized the impact the Garfield assassination had on POC, and the Alyssa Cole story with its nuanced characters, its fascinating look at race and immigration, and its delicious hero and wonderful heroine. Every woman should read this book!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Daughters of a Nation is part history lesson, part romance novel. By far my favorite of the four short stories was the last one Let Us Dream by Alyssa Cole. It tells the story of a black brothel owner and suffrage who while fighting for women's right to vote falls for a Bengali man who is in this country illegally. I liked that it talked about a problem most black women have with the feminist movement. The fact that Susan B. Anthony and white suffragist were racist and not only did they not want Daughters of a Nation is part history lesson, part romance novel. By far my favorite of the four short stories was the last one Let Us Dream by Alyssa Cole. It tells the story of a black brothel owner and suffrage who while fighting for women's right to vote falls for a Bengali man who is in this country illegally. I liked that it talked about a problem most black women have with the feminist movement. The fact that Susan B. Anthony and white suffragist were racist and not only did they not want black women to vote they fought against giving the right to vote to black men. A hundred years later white feminist are still rather segregated. Over all this anthology was a powerful eye opening look at the forgotten history of the black suffragette movement. I now want to learn more about the washerwomen's movement and the beginning of the organized labor movement. I also plan to learn more about President James A. Garfield. Before reading this book the only thing I knew about President Garfield was that he was one of two assassinated Presidents that know one seems to care about. I had no idea that he expressed an interest in giving black men the right to vote. I would recommend this book to people who like their history with a side of romance. Book Riot Read Harder Challenge: Read a book wherein all POV characters are POC.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Reviews May Vary

    Short stories are the worst. Unless you don't really like one, and then you know you're going to get through it quickly... A couple of these could have used an editor. Alyssa Cole's was the best. Short stories are the worst. Unless you don't really like one, and then you know you're going to get through it quickly... A couple of these could have used an editor. Alyssa Cole's was the best.

  5. 4 out of 5

    namericanwordcat

    IN THE MORNING SUN by Lena Hart This is a lovely reunion romance set in post civil war. THE WASHERWOMAN'S WAR by Piper Huguley The history of the washerwomen's strike is a wonderful backdrop for this compelling romance. A RADIANT SOUL by Kianna Alexander A great exploration of women's rights as the hero falls in love with a great heroine. LET US DREAM by Alyssa Cole My favorite of the collection. A fight for suffrage at the cross roads of race, class and gender. This is a compelling inter faith as w IN THE MORNING SUN by Lena Hart This is a lovely reunion romance set in post civil war. THE WASHERWOMAN'S WAR by Piper Huguley The history of the washerwomen's strike is a wonderful backdrop for this compelling romance. A RADIANT SOUL by Kianna Alexander A great exploration of women's rights as the hero falls in love with a great heroine. LET US DREAM by Alyssa Cole My favorite of the collection. A fight for suffrage at the cross roads of race, class and gender. This is a compelling inter faith as well as inter racial romance with a tough intelligent heroine and hero who is worthy of her. Buy this collection!

  6. 5 out of 5

    SmartBitches

    Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books As we near the end of this long national campaign (I’m sorry, non-USAians, someday this ridiculous campaign will end and it might even be November 9th), and the historic choice in front of us, it’s important to remember that while women in the US gained the right to vote in 1919, the movement championed by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton was at the expense of Women of Color. Black women fought their own fights, and this anthology, released a Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books As we near the end of this long national campaign (I’m sorry, non-USAians, someday this ridiculous campaign will end and it might even be November 9th), and the historic choice in front of us, it’s important to remember that while women in the US gained the right to vote in 1919, the movement championed by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton was at the expense of Women of Color. Black women fought their own fights, and this anthology, released a week before our current election, celebrates the stories of Black women who wrote, fought, argued, and marched for their own suffrage, often in spite of the men and white women who didn’t want them to have the right to vote, at least, not before those men and white women had secured their own franchise. Like with all of history, the history of suffrage is messy and complicated and full of messy, complicated people. This anthology has four stories in it, by Kianna Alexander, Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart, and Piper Huguley. The heroines are teachers, bakers, dancers, and missionaries, and the heroes are ministers, soldiers, carpenters, and cooks. The heroines all are committed to helping their sisters gain the vote in the face of intense opposition, sometimes from their heroes. The years range from just post-Civil War to 1917, from Nebraska to New York to North Carolina. It’s so fun to have different voices tackle history in such different ways. The thread that tied all of these stories together was the idea of civic education: that people need to be taught how the government works and what that means for them and WHY their vote is important. If there’s anything that we should have learned over the past 18 months, is that there’s a lot that people need to learn about how government is supposed to work and how we can make it function best for the people. It’s also important to remember all the battles which were fought to gain everyone the right to vote, and it’s important to remember that not all those battle were fought equally. This lovely anthology is an excellent memorial to those Black Suffragettes. These authors also gave us Black women who are doing to work to improve their world, an deserve to be adored and cherished by men who work to make themselves worthy of them. - Redheadedgirl

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aldi

    Ugh, no. The only reason I'm even giving this 2 stars is that I loved the concept so much. Black leading ladies in historicals? Yes please! Black women's suffrage? GIMME!! Alas, the romance bit takes a disappointingly disproportionate priority over the "black suffragette" portion of all four stories, and I got tired of the idea that snagging a marriageable dude is more important than civil rights very very quickly. Plus it wasn't even good romance. Purple prose, telling-not-showing, flat/cardboar Ugh, no. The only reason I'm even giving this 2 stars is that I loved the concept so much. Black leading ladies in historicals? Yes please! Black women's suffrage? GIMME!! Alas, the romance bit takes a disappointingly disproportionate priority over the "black suffragette" portion of all four stories, and I got tired of the idea that snagging a marriageable dude is more important than civil rights very very quickly. Plus it wasn't even good romance. Purple prose, telling-not-showing, flat/cardboard/forgettable characters, saccharine predictable schmoop, the most dusty and tired of tropes, poor research, unreasonable suspension-of-disbelief requirements, anachronistic dialogue and character traits all over the place (way too many of these characters just thought and spoke like modern-day people) ... I couldn't even pick out a favourite of the four, they were all that lacklustre. Add to that some outstandingly poor copy-editing (the number of typos and grammatical errors in this volume is distracting), and we're done. Yay to the idea, nay to the execution.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Andres

    From James and Maddie's reunion (OMG MADDIE WHAT ARE YOU DOING, GIRL?!) to Mamie's oh so serious insistence that she would never be a minister's wife, to Sarah's trousers and that lemon berry cake that had me drooling as soon as I started the story (recipe provided!), aaaall the way to Bertha and Amir's dancing--there are so many enjoyable moments in this anthology. I'm fascinated with U.S. history, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries, so I was really curious to read more romances in this From James and Maddie's reunion (OMG MADDIE WHAT ARE YOU DOING, GIRL?!) to Mamie's oh so serious insistence that she would never be a minister's wife, to Sarah's trousers and that lemon berry cake that had me drooling as soon as I started the story (recipe provided!), aaaall the way to Bertha and Amir's dancing--there are so many enjoyable moments in this anthology. I'm fascinated with U.S. history, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries, so I was really curious to read more romances in this setting/time period, and I really liked how the characters and plots were informed by current events but the stories were not completely overwhelmed by what was happening in the world. The romances were sweet, and some a little steamier than I'd expected, and the women were strong, ready to look adversity in the face and forge a better future for themselves and their loved ones.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lee Jones

    In the Morning Sun (Lena Hart) James was a war veteran that fought for equality. James was captured in an enemy's camp where unspeakable atrocities occurred daily. He was a carpenter that gave back to his fellow soldiers by way of lodging. The undeniable love he had for Madeline gave him the strength to keep fighting for freedom. Madeline was a fighter and taught women to read. She accompanied missionaries in different locations to help with women suffrage. Madeline had been delivered the news th In the Morning Sun (Lena Hart) James was a war veteran that fought for equality. James was captured in an enemy's camp where unspeakable atrocities occurred daily. He was a carpenter that gave back to his fellow soldiers by way of lodging. The undeniable love he had for Madeline gave him the strength to keep fighting for freedom. Madeline was a fighter and taught women to read. She accompanied missionaries in different locations to help with women suffrage. Madeline had been delivered the news that James had died in battle. Madeline had finally began to move on from her loss of James and decided to visit her sister. Madeline was en route to her sister's house when she became lost and was accosted by two soldiers who ........... The Washerwomen's War (Piper Huguley) Gabriel was studying to become a minister. He was also of the mind that women should not vote but become homemakers because he thought they needed guidance and counsel. Gabriel was also an advocate of equality of African American men voices being heard. Mamie was studying to become a teacher. She refused to entertain gentlemen that were destined to become a minister. She was given a chance to become a teacher, with a trial basis of a month, due to one of the lecturer's illness. Her specialty is in mathematics and she is trying to help women understand the value of their services through proper pay. Gabriel and Mamie cross paths again and Gabriel is still smitten. Will Mamie change her stance on ministers or will Gabriel be forever without the love he desires? A Radiant Soul (Kianna Alexander) Owen was a builder who was in great demand. He made beautiful pieces with timber. Owen was commissioned to make a gazebo for an upcoming birthday gift. Sarah was a baker who moved away from home to pursue her dream. Sarah was also a part of the women suffrage movement by speaking at various homes. This was a secret she kept from her family. Sarah returned home for her mother's birthday where she met Owen. There was a spark that ignited whenever they were around each other and this was confusing seeing as they have never felt this energy prior to meeting one another. Will they be able to explore their mutual attraction before Sarah returned home? Let Us Dream (Alyssa Cole) Amir was an immigrant and chef looking for employment and the American Dream. Amir discovered that he was unwelcomed in the perceived land of the free. The only employment he could find was a dishwasher and he was thoroughly disappointed but had to work. Bertha was the cabaret owner of Cashmere. The cabaret provided food, music, and adult entertainment if desired. She was also teaching her women workers the importance of voting. Cops were always trying to stop colored women from advancing and repeated strong hold tactics that ultimately landed her cabaret being trashed and ransacked. Will Amir and Bertha find common ground to help each other through their current adversity (Amir desire to stay in America and Bertha's desire to save her establishment). The books have been very enlightening and makes one wonder why we have fallen so far off the track as a people. If we, as a people, learn to work together instead of constantly tearing each other to pieces we would reap bountiful blessings and prosperity.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenica

    In the Morning Sun by Lena Hart begins with Maddie being raped so serious TW for that (it’s not graphic though). She’s still carrying that trauma with her two years later when she moves to Nebraska to teach Black people to read and write. She thinks her fiancé died in the Civil War but, uh, he didn’t! The two of them coming together is sweet, but they have to overcome so much. All things considered I didn't LOVE this one, but I learned a lot.  The Washerwomen's War by Piper Huguley also taught me In the Morning Sun by Lena Hart begins with Maddie being raped so serious TW for that (it’s not graphic though). She’s still carrying that trauma with her two years later when she moves to Nebraska to teach Black people to read and write. She thinks her fiancé died in the Civil War but, uh, he didn’t! The two of them coming together is sweet, but they have to overcome so much. All things considered I didn't LOVE this one, but I learned a lot.  The Washerwomen's War by Piper Huguley also taught me about a thing I had no idea about, aka the Black Washerwoman's Strike, so that was super cool. I really liked the romance between Mamie and Gabriel. Mamie starts out so against dating a minister, but Gabriel winning her over by playing on her desire to have good food and advocate for her students was A+ romancing. A Radiant Soul by Kianna Alexander was probably my least favorite story.For one thing it felt incomplete and for another, there was one glaring editing mistake that really bothered me. In addition, I REALLY didn't like Owen. Like... At all. Their romance felt like at the end of a season of The Bachelor where you're like, "Cool, you're in love, but what now?" I think this would have worked better as a novel. Let Us Dream by Alyssa Cole is such an incredible story about a former sex worker and widow who basically forged her way into owning the club she now runs and I love her. The hero is Indian and he doesn't really have status because our immigration laws then were more overtly racist then than they are now. Anyway, she hires him as a dishwasher at the club but soon he wows everyone with his chef abilities and basically, this one is fantastic! Also, this is available by itself in the Audible romance package. 

  11. 4 out of 5

    Smut Report

    More detailed review available at The Smut Report. Heat Factor: 1 story kisses only, 2 stories low heat, 1 story moderate heat Character Chemistry: Ranges from “You guys still have some stuff to work out” to “Soulmates, obviously.” Plot: Thematically cohesive. Plus, I learned some history, which is always a bonus! Overall: Uneven, particularly in tone I have yet to find an anthology that isn’t uneven in some way, and Daughters of a Nation is no exception. In this case, since the stories are organiz More detailed review available at The Smut Report. Heat Factor: 1 story kisses only, 2 stories low heat, 1 story moderate heat Character Chemistry: Ranges from “You guys still have some stuff to work out” to “Soulmates, obviously.” Plot: Thematically cohesive. Plus, I learned some history, which is always a bonus! Overall: Uneven, particularly in tone I have yet to find an anthology that isn’t uneven in some way, and Daughters of a Nation is no exception. In this case, since the stories are organized around the themes of race, gender, and suffrage, the unevenness stems primarily from differences in tone and in how each novella worked as a romance. I will say that regardless of how successful the stories were as romances, the historical element of each was quite strong. Despite its unevenness, I would say that this anthology is worth a read, especially if you’re interested in exploring diverse historical romances. While the stories are not always successful as stand-alone romances, when read it tandem they are pretty thought-provoking. Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

  12. 5 out of 5

    Thegirlintheafternoon

    Task: A book with multiple authors - 3/5 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    ReadWithE

    As usual, anthology gets 3 stars. I liked all but the first story. But I didn’t love any of them. Kianna Alexander was my favorite.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Truusje

    A common problem of romance anthologies is that a short story or novella just isn't long enough for a good and believable romance. This is also the case for at least three of the four stories in this anthology. Characters aren't fleshed out and the romance is too rushed so there isn't any emotional depth. This particular anthology tells the important stories of black suffragettes and in a way that makes the contributions even less believable. There just aren't enough pages to do the complex stor A common problem of romance anthologies is that a short story or novella just isn't long enough for a good and believable romance. This is also the case for at least three of the four stories in this anthology. Characters aren't fleshed out and the romance is too rushed so there isn't any emotional depth. This particular anthology tells the important stories of black suffragettes and in a way that makes the contributions even less believable. There just aren't enough pages to do the complex stories justice. The characters are two dimensional and the message of the stories becomes a preachy. I think only Let Us Dream by Alyssa Cole gives us a good romance in combination with a good and interesting historical setting. I also liked The Washerwoman's War by Piper Huguley, but it felt a bit rushed towards the end. I will definitely read more from these two authors. I was less keen on the other two stories, and I especially didn't like Lena Hart's writing. If I average out my ratings for the individual stories I end up with about 3 stars. I feel a bit bad about it, because I love the concept but I wish the stories had had a chance to develop a bit more.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jaymee Goh

    I really loved this book! Each story has interesting characters with particular problems that nonetheless share a theme across the whole anthology--suffrage for women of colour. The men are so different from each other in terms of personal history and ambitions, but the way they bend to the protagonists really exemplifies the best of a gentle masculinity that I'd love to read more of. There wasn't as much sex as I expected, but the political tensions that lead to personal tensions take on an ero I really loved this book! Each story has interesting characters with particular problems that nonetheless share a theme across the whole anthology--suffrage for women of colour. The men are so different from each other in terms of personal history and ambitions, but the way they bend to the protagonists really exemplifies the best of a gentle masculinity that I'd love to read more of. There wasn't as much sex as I expected, but the political tensions that lead to personal tensions take on an erotically-charged appeal and made me invested enough to find out how the couples were going to solve their particular dilemmas.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I picked this up from the library when I saw two of my favorite authors listed (Piper Huguley and Alyssa Cole). This is four novellas about black suffragettes from post Civil War to the early 20th Century. We are not taught enough about the roles that black women played in history, and in the suffragette movement, even less. A good historical makes me want to learn more about that period of history, and this one does that in spades. Strong women, working to get the vote, and they get their happy I picked this up from the library when I saw two of my favorite authors listed (Piper Huguley and Alyssa Cole). This is four novellas about black suffragettes from post Civil War to the early 20th Century. We are not taught enough about the roles that black women played in history, and in the suffragette movement, even less. A good historical makes me want to learn more about that period of history, and this one does that in spades. Strong women, working to get the vote, and they get their happy ever after, too. What's not to love? Go find this book. And if you haven't read these four, go find more by these authors. Highly recommended.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    Each of these stories offers not only a strong heroine with a just cause, but, a hero willing to compromise and sacrifice so that she can fight the good fight. These stories offer hidden nuggets of history along with the romance and are quite timely. No matter what the set back we will endure and press for what is right. All that being said though I enjoyed all the stories for me Alyssa Cole's "Let Us Dream" is the strongest of the four stories. It's the one story I could not put down. Thank you Each of these stories offers not only a strong heroine with a just cause, but, a hero willing to compromise and sacrifice so that she can fight the good fight. These stories offer hidden nuggets of history along with the romance and are quite timely. No matter what the set back we will endure and press for what is right. All that being said though I enjoyed all the stories for me Alyssa Cole's "Let Us Dream" is the strongest of the four stories. It's the one story I could not put down. Thank you ladies for these stories.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tina Young

    Lena Hart's Historical Romance, "In the Morning Sun", is one of the few stories from this genre that I've read and enjoyed. I'm a huge Lena Hart fan and really loved how she presented Madeline and James' evolution of true love. This story grasps the reader's attention from beginning to end. I haven't had an opportunity to read all the stories in this bundle, so I will revise my review once I finish the entire bundle. If you enjoy reading historical novels and romances, don't hesitate to One Click Lena Hart's Historical Romance, "In the Morning Sun", is one of the few stories from this genre that I've read and enjoyed. I'm a huge Lena Hart fan and really loved how she presented Madeline and James' evolution of true love. This story grasps the reader's attention from beginning to end. I haven't had an opportunity to read all the stories in this bundle, so I will revise my review once I finish the entire bundle. If you enjoy reading historical novels and romances, don't hesitate to One Click the 'Daughters of a Nation' bundle.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Betty Adams

    I really wanted to like this collection of four stories of black suffragists not only because the suffrage movement is one of my biggest interests, but also because WaPo felt it gave a new perspective to the movement. I was really disappointed. Each story was more cliched than the last; every heroine was beautiful and attracted to a handsome man; every story had a happy even blissful ending. To top it off, I didn't gain much insight into the historical events upon which at least two of the stori I really wanted to like this collection of four stories of black suffragists not only because the suffrage movement is one of my biggest interests, but also because WaPo felt it gave a new perspective to the movement. I was really disappointed. Each story was more cliched than the last; every heroine was beautiful and attracted to a handsome man; every story had a happy even blissful ending. To top it off, I didn't gain much insight into the historical events upon which at least two of the stories were based.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melody

    IN THE MORNING SUN By Lena Hart Rating: ★★★☆☆ THE WASHERWOMAN'S WAR by Piper Huguley Rating: ★★★☆☆ A RADIANT SOUL by Kianna Alexander Rating:★★☆☆☆ LET US DREAM by Alyssa Cole Rating: ★★★★★ The final grade is perhaps more generous than I usually give anthologies with this mean average in ratings, but I'm giving this one an extra star for the simple fact that these four wonderful authors actually took the initiative to make this a reality. It inspires the hope that more stories and anthologies in the same vei IN THE MORNING SUN By Lena Hart Rating: ★★★☆☆ THE WASHERWOMAN'S WAR by Piper Huguley Rating: ★★★☆☆ A RADIANT SOUL by Kianna Alexander Rating:★★☆☆☆ LET US DREAM by Alyssa Cole Rating: ★★★★★ The final grade is perhaps more generous than I usually give anthologies with this mean average in ratings, but I'm giving this one an extra star for the simple fact that these four wonderful authors actually took the initiative to make this a reality. It inspires the hope that more stories and anthologies in the same vein will come. ♥

  21. 5 out of 5

    Miss Susan

    alyssa cole's let us dream was the best story in this collection by far but i enjoyed all of them. if i was giving individual ratings it'd get a 5 and everything else a 3. great concept for an anthology; i really enjoyed getting to see various ways black women participated in the suffrage movement. i kinda think i could have done with more suffrage politics and less romance in every story except cole's tbh (she had the perfect balance because she is one of the best romance novelists writing toda alyssa cole's let us dream was the best story in this collection by far but i enjoyed all of them. if i was giving individual ratings it'd get a 5 and everything else a 3. great concept for an anthology; i really enjoyed getting to see various ways black women participated in the suffrage movement. i kinda think i could have done with more suffrage politics and less romance in every story except cole's tbh (she had the perfect balance because she is one of the best romance novelists writing today) 3.5 stars

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melody

    I really enjoyed this book. It is always a learning experience to read about African American history and the impact of Black people on moments in American history that are not considered Black history. This book focused on the Suffragette movement. The stories were romance, but mixed with the events of the fight for women's right to vote. Made for great reading. Thanks, Ladies, for keeping OUR history alive!! I really enjoyed this book. It is always a learning experience to read about African American history and the impact of Black people on moments in American history that are not considered Black history. This book focused on the Suffragette movement. The stories were romance, but mixed with the events of the fight for women's right to vote. Made for great reading. Thanks, Ladies, for keeping OUR history alive!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    An excellent set of historical romances, with relevance (like it or not) to some of today's struggles. Alyssa Cole's piece is the real standout here, but they're all excellent. In a time when we all need to take breaks for entertainment, this anthology provides the right mix of escapism and re-invigoration. An excellent set of historical romances, with relevance (like it or not) to some of today's struggles. Alyssa Cole's piece is the real standout here, but they're all excellent. In a time when we all need to take breaks for entertainment, this anthology provides the right mix of escapism and re-invigoration.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bliss Bennet

    I loved, loved, loved Alyssa Cole's story in this collection. Though it is set in 1917, it has so many parallels to political issues that are still so relevant today: education, the purpose of voting, immigration and anti-immigration backlash, race relations, and more. My favorite novella of 2016. I loved, loved, loved Alyssa Cole's story in this collection. Though it is set in 1917, it has so many parallels to political issues that are still so relevant today: education, the purpose of voting, immigration and anti-immigration backlash, race relations, and more. My favorite novella of 2016.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Good read interesting stories. I learned more about the suffragette struggle than I knew. I also learned about the Black and Indian connection in Harlem. I really enjoyed the stories.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kadi

    Amazing Honestly this is perfect. 5/5 must read. I love the last story, didn't know about South East Asians in Harlem during the early 1910s Amazing Honestly this is perfect. 5/5 must read. I love the last story, didn't know about South East Asians in Harlem during the early 1910s

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    3 for the first 3 stories, 5 for the last one (by Alyssa Day) See full review at http://romancenovelsforfeminists.blog... 3 for the first 3 stories, 5 for the last one (by Alyssa Day) See full review at http://romancenovelsforfeminists.blog...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Mixed bag of novellas. First three were a solid three stars each; Alyssa Cole's contribution was five stars for me. So a total of 3.5 stars rounded down. Mixed bag of novellas. First three were a solid three stars each; Alyssa Cole's contribution was five stars for me. So a total of 3.5 stars rounded down.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aliesha

    Needed more thorough copyediting.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Reed

    I love this book. Because this book deals with a important subject in history.. Not allowing women to vote effected women of color as well as all women.

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