Review: When Elijah Met Sallie
WHEN ELIJAH MET SALLIE - D. Camille
Sable SiStars Publishing
BUY

September 2019
Historical Romance
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING:  A
REVIEW: In this country, the 20th Century marked a period in history that witnessed the ascension of African Americans from the chains of slavery to becoming professionals, artisans, homeowners, landowners, and businessmen and women. This is the setting for this Historical that introduces us to Sallie Smith, a nurse and Elijah Madison, a physician. These two accomplished professionals are planning to leave their comfortable middle-class confines of big city life to practice medicine in the independent Black community of Mound Bayou, Mississippi. This is the second time that Mound Bayou has been highlighted in a D Camille story. It was first mentioned in another book, BLACK KNOWLEDGE (The Excellence Series Book 3).

It’s 1911, Sallie, the heroine is a nurse working in a hospital in Chicago. That’s where she and Elijah meet. Their friendship is purely based on a professional level until Sallie becomes very intrigued about his proposed move to this small Black town in Mississippi. Their love journey is intricately tied to their physical journey to Mound Bayou. I love their story. It is sweet, heartwarming, and it will appeal to all of your romantic sensibilities. Just when Elijah learns of the one stipulation that would prevent him from practicing in Mound Bayou, he discovers that the answer to his dilemma lies in Sallie.

In addition to the romance, I love the historical aspects of this novel. While D Camille does an outstanding job in highlighting one of the early Black towns of excellence, Mound Bayou, she takes it to another level and schools the reader about two of the most venerated leaders in African American history, W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington. It is the difference in their philosophies that becomes a sticking point between Dr. Madison and his nemesis, Dr. Packer, and the founding philosophy behind Mound Bayou. Kudos to D Camille for utilizing her writing genius to fuse African American history and African American romance that produces one compelling story.

The eclectic cast of side characters does an excellent job in helping to move the storyline along. That Dr. Packer and his sidekick, Nurse Benson are the perfect antithesis to Elijah and Sallie. I really like the character of Essie, the house-keeper/confidante/medicine woman who lives with Elijah. She is quite a fascinating character as you will see when you read the story.

WHEN ELIJAH MET SALLIE is an entertaining as well as an educational novel. It’s a brilliant mix of romance and history that will capture you from the opening pages to the Epilogue. I enjoyed it, and I recommend it for your reading pleasure.

5th October 2019 | romcol@caribsurf.com
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