Review: A Delicate Affair
Red Hills Publishing

January 2018
Historical Romance
REVIEWER:  Brenda Larnell| RATING: A+
This is an historical series of twelve books that covers 1900-2010. The purpose of the series is two-fold. Not only does it proffer stories with African -American heroines and heroes, but it also enlightens the readers by presenting the stories in an historical context of that decade. Author Lindsey Evans submits A DELICATE AFFAIR, the first book of The Decades Series.

The setting is Washington, D.C. and we are introduced to Golden Worth, a multi-talented musician who plays at Rosie’s, a local juke-joint, along with three other musicians. Golden, in order to escape death, migrates from Opal, Georgia, to D.C. I admire Golden because he represents the thousands of young, talented African-Americans who migrated from the rural towns and hamlets of the Deep South seeking a better life, or seeking to save their lives from lynch mobs prevalent during that era. Golden is a young man working on a plan. While playing one night to a packed house, the heroine, Leonie Harper, whom Golden refers to as “Diamond Girl”, strolls into Rosie’s with her friends. The attraction is instant, and the country boy from Opal falls under the captivating spell of the upper-class girl from D.C. A DELICATE AFFAIR chronicles their romance, and the challenges that come when the nouveau Black upper class meets the fortuneless Black lower class. Author Lindsey Evans does a commendable job in rendering a picture of Black Washington D.C of the 1900’s. The historical reference to Booker T. Washington being invited to the White House, and Golden being offered an opportunity to travel to Europe to play music in more open and accepting venues are spot on signs of the times. In addition, the lynching of Blacks during this time is referenced more than once.

There are some super sexy, sensual moments that Leonie and Golden share in this story. After all, it is a romantic story; a “delicate affair” between a man and a woman from totally different backgrounds. However, that’s not all there is to this story. Leonie is facing her own rite of passage as she struggles with her desire to live her own life; not the one her parents design for her. Furthermore, the author presents an authentic view of Leonie’s parents and household as they debate and struggle with issues that affect their lifestyle and family. I’ll stop here, but I assure you that you will be delighted with the HEA.

A DELICATE AFFAIR is an impressive opener for this twelve-book series. If this story is any indication of what we have to look forward to, Decades: The Journey of African-American Romance series is going to be a blockbuster! I highly recommend it, and I can’t wait to read the other stories in this series.

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