A Chance at Love
Avon, Sep 2002, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1884, Loreli Winters travels as part of a contingent of Black mail order brides. However, unlike the rest of the females, Loreli has no intention of marrying anyone nor live in the small Black community of Hanks, Kansas. She signed on for the adventure of going west and plans to continue on to California.
Two little girls, Bebe and Dede learn that Loreli is not intending to be anyone's mother... A Wish And A Prayer
A young man has a loving foster care placement in hopes of being adopted when his past shows up. Bernadine is used to getting into places reserved for private meetings and top ranking officials. Her social status and money work well together. Bernadine runs a private academy where kids are geared for success in a tight community. The academy has a teaching staff that cares about student success and graduating young people well prepared for college.
... Always and Forever
Sassy Grace Atwood hires ex-lawman Jackson Blake to lead a wagon train of mail order brides out to a new town in Kansas. They are all African-Americans trying to have a better life following Reconstruction when many reprisals are being enacted against the race. Jackson is determined to return to Texas to avenge his father's killing. Really good book and an easy dose of history.... Before The Dawn
Belle and the Beau
Belle is a sixteen-year-old slave in Kentucky who escapes to freedom in Michigan on the Underground Railroad. She is seperated from her father and is on her own when she is found by a brother and sister, Daniel and Josephine Best. The Best family is a free black family that helps slaves escape. Belle falls in love with Daniel, who is handsome and smart, but he is engaged to marry another girl, who he may not even love.... Josephine and the Soldier
Seventeen-year-old Josephine Best was raised in a free black family that operated a station on the underground railroad and held progressive views on a woman's place in the world. Josephine attended college and now works as a hairdresser and owns her own business. But at the same time, she worries about her father and brother, who are away fighting in the Civil War. When her brother's childhood friend Adam Morgan returns from the war with a leg injury, h... Night Song
Cara Lee Henson is an African American schoolteacher living in Kansas in 1882. Cara is a kind and sensitive woman who is haunted by the murder of her grandfather at the hands of US soldiers when she was a small child. When Cara attends a local parade in honor of the Tenth Cavalry she is shocked to see a face from her past - Chase Jefferson. Chase is a sergeant with the tenth cavalry, otherwise known as buffalo soldiers. These African American soldier... Something Old, Something New
Reverend Paula Grant is being forced out of the church she built to aid the homeless. Paula Grant is determined to continue to bring good to the community after being forced to close the church doors where she serves as head pastor. It isn't her choice. Finances dictate and the church isn't bringing in money. It costs to heat the building, taxes are high and insurance higher. There have been more than a few break-ins in the fifteen years since has has h... The Edge of Dawn
Harper Torch, Nov 2004, 6.99, 384 pp.
After burying her father, thirty-seven years old Narice Jordan takes a taxi to the Detroit Airport so she can fly to her Baltimore home. However, the driver abducts her demanding she tell him what her dad did with the “Eye of Sheba” diamond. Narice insists she knows nothing. Anthony “Saint” St. Martin arrives to rescue Narice, but he and the driver Arthur Ridley know he each other. Ridley... The Edge of Midnight
Avon, Feb 2004, 6.50, 384 pp.
In Detroit, Michigan, Sarita Grayson receives an eviction notice that will shut down her outreach gym as the city is selling the abandoned warehouse she has used. Realtor Fletcher Harris offers to fund the down payment towards the building purchase if Sarita picks up a package for him. She agrees, but all heck breaks loose when undercover architect and former special forces soldier (don't ask – rea...
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The Taming of Jessi Rose
Griffin Blake, orphaned at ten years old after his mother died, has spent most of his formative years in and out of trouble. He was bitter towards the railroad company which made promises to his mother that were never fulfilled, Griffin begins a career as a train robber. After being caught by the authorities Griffin is sentenced to seven years in prison. When Griffin receives an unexpected visit in prison from U.S. Deputy Marshal Dixon Wildhorse, Gri... Vivid
Nate Grayson, the Mayor of Grayson Grove, Michigan, is a man who no longer believes in love. Betrayed by his faithless ex-wife, Cecile, who married him solely to give her unborn child a name, Nate has vowed never to marry again. Viveca "Vivid" Lancaster is heading from San Francisco to Grayson Grove, Michigan via train in order to open a medical practice in Niles, Michigan. Nate is waiting at the train depot in order to welcome Doctor V. Lancaster as ... Winds of the Storm
This story is about the challenges of finding love during the social and political unrest of Reconstruction. This story follows Zahra Lafayette, a curvacious caramel beauty who used to be a spy for the Union. During the Civil War she is known as "the Butterfly" and was responsible for helping many men get to safety including Archer Le Veq. Although Zahra has put the incident behind her, Archer is still politically motivated and cannot forget her.