PROMISE ME A DREAM - Wayne Jordan
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: A+
REVIEW: The Decades: A Journey of African American Romance Series is a dream come true for talented writer Wayne Jordan who after sharing his dream with some other writers, launched the series with the first book, A DELICATE AFFAIR, by Lindsey Evans in January 2018. Ironically, Instead of PROMISE ME A DREAM being the seventh book to be published, it is the last book to be published. Wayne suffered a debilitating stroke in February of that year, and his dream of publishing his book was delayed as he recovered. It was delayed, but not denied.
The hero and heroine, Joel Donovan and Chandra Williams are an unforgettable couple whose story will resonate with everyone who reads this book. Timely snippets of their back stories are provided using the flashback technique that shows the contrasts in their lifestyles and experiences that helped, in Chandra’s case, to shape her dream of becoming an actress, and for Joel, a lawyer, to realize his purpose in life. (Chandra is a native of Barbados and Joel, is African American.) The love between Chandra and Joel is real and relatable. The time setting is the decade of the Sixties - a time of revolution and change in politics, music and society. Author Wayne Jordan successfully reflects this historical era through the characters and meticulous storyline.
The historical aspect of the story is gripping! The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. marks one of the iconic moments that is so memorable that we (who were of age at that time) remember what we were doing or where we were when we heard the devastating news. That moment was brilliantly resurrected in the story. I love the references to the movies, songs, and plays of that era. They helped to solidify the story and authenticate the time period. The police brutality scene was horrific, and very well written. It is a sad reminder that although we have made great strides in Civil Rights, the struggle still continues today. I also learned some interesting facts about The Barbadian culture. It was a great tie into events in the U.S. to learn that independence for Barbados also occurred in the 60’s. And Diana Ross and the Supremes participated in the celebration. Who knew! The Epilogue reveals a wonderful HEA.
As a bonus, the author includes a beautiful, poignant short story, Timeless that I also enjoyed. PROMISE ME A DREAM was a long time coming, but it is well worth the wait. I know you will agree when you pick up your copy. I highly recommend it.
1st September 2019 | email@example.com
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