The rise of Black romance novels–especially historicals–provided a platform for diverse representation in a genre that had long ignored this socio-demographic. The last decade of the twentieth century was a time of great change and progress for African American fiction in general.
The month of February in the United States is recognized as Black History Month. So in honor of that, for the week of Monday, February 21, 2022, to Sunday, February 26, 2022, let’s appreciate some older romance covers with Black or Afro-American protagonists.
Beverly Jenkins’ Through the Storm is a romance about a former slave finding love during the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era with a man from a proud and established Louisiana family of Haitian descent. 3 stars