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The Light Always Breaks - by Angela Jackson-Brown (Paperback)

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Dimensions (Overall): 8.32 Inches (H) x 5.5 Inches (W) x .95 Inches (D)
Weight: .64 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 384
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: African American
Publisher: Harper Muse
Format: Paperback
Author: Angela Jackson-Brown
Language: English
Street Date: July 5, 2022
TCIN: 85984082
UPC: 9780785240594
Item Number (DPCI): 247-05-2600
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

The author of When Stars Rain Down returns with a historical romance about all that has---and has not---changed in these United States.

Book Synopsis

As 1947 opens, Eva Cardon is the twenty-four-year-old owner of Washington, D.C.'s, most famous Black-owned restaurant. When her path crosses with Courtland, a handsome white senator from Georgia, both find themselves drawn to one another--but the danger of a relationship between a Black woman and a white man from the South could destroy them and everything they've worked for.

Few women own upscale restaurants in civil rights era Washington, D.C. Fewer still are twenty-four, Black, and wildly successful. But Eva Cardon is unwilling to serve only the wealthiest movers and shakers, and she plans to open a diner that offers Southern comfort to the working class.

A war hero and one of Georgia's native sons, Courtland Hardiman Kingsley IV is a junior senator with great ambitions for his time in D.C. But while his father is determined to see Courtland on a path to the White House, the young senator wants to use his office to make a difference in people's lives, regardless of political consequences.

When equal-rights activism throws Eva and Courtland into each other's paths, they can't fight the attraction they feel, no matter how much it complicates their dreams. For Eva, falling in love with a white Southerner is all but unforgivable--and undesirable. Her mother and grandmother fell in love with white men, and their families paid the price. Courtland is already under pressure for his liberal ideals, and his family has a line of smiling debutantes waiting for him on every visit. If his father found out about Eva, he's not sure he'd be welcome home again.

Surrounded by the disapproval of their families and the scorn of the public, Eva and Courtland must decide if the values they hold most dear--including love--are worth the loss of their dreams . . . and everything else.

The author of When Stars Rain Down returns with a historical love story about all that has--and has not--changed in the United States

  • Historical romance set in civil rights era Washington, D.C.
  • Stand-alone novel
  • Book length: approximately 120,000 words
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs

Review Quotes

A simmering exploration of attraction and identity . . . it's a thoroughly enticing read.--Glamour UK

Against the turbulent backdrop of human rights protests for equal access to the voting ballot, education, protection under the law and Civil Rights, this knowledgeable author has crafted a family saga that examines the emotional and physical inheritances from generations of racism . . . An immersive sense of time and place makes The Light Always Breaks an enticing lure to understanding complex factors in being privileged economically while politically and otherwise experiencing discrimination. Rich historical context is this novel's greatest strength.--Romance Daily News

Filled with passion, The Light Always Breaks keeps readers hooked with a constant and creeping sense of dread beneath the surface. As you navigate the complicated emotions packed into this page-turner, you'll question what has - and what hasn't changed in America.--The Morning Brew

Skillfully tackles romance, religion, and race relations in a tale that will appeal to readers who enjoyed The Personal Librarian (2021), The Vanishing Half (2020), and Black Bottom Saints (2020).--Booklist
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Unique Historical Romance

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BlessednBookish - 1 year ago
The Light Always Breaks by Angela Jackson-Brown gives the reader a detailed look into a historically rich period in our nation’s capital. Civil rights are front and center in this story as Eva Cardon, a brilliant, strong, and ambitious woman of color, falls for a white junior Senator from Georgia, Courtland Kingsley IV. Tensions are high and danger is close as the unlikely couple fights for equality. The characters in this story are well crafted and so vibrant. I fell in love with Eva immediately. She is a savvy businesswoman and entrepreneur but also a passionate and generous individual. I loved the vision she had for her restaurants and her desire to use her success to make life better for all the people in her community. But even the supporting characters in the story will capture your attention and add to the charm of the neighborhood. I found the setting of this story fascinating. I haven’t read many books set in this period or in this location (Washington D.C.). The author did a fabulous job of painting the landscape of U Street and its businesses as well as all the larger-than-life personalities who passed through their doors. But the story also highlights the disgusting absence of justice and the overwhelming presence of evil racism and segregation brought to D.C. While I thoroughly enjoyed the majority of this story. I did find the ending a bit abrupt and surprising. However, it didn’t ruin the book for me. Overall, I enjoyed the unique look into history and the memorable characters that filled the pages of this book. If you enjoyed Angela Jackson-Brown’s first novel, you will be pleased to see a few characters make an appearance in The Light Always Breaks. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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