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Let It Shine

Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins

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Summary

Sofronia Wallis knows that proper Black women don’t court trouble by upending the status quo, but it’s 1961 and the Civil Rights movement is in full swing. Sofie’s spent half her life being prim, proper, and reserved - as if that could bring her mother back - but the nonviolent protests happening across the South bring out her inner agitator.   

Ivan Friedman has devoted his life to boxing, loving the finesse of a well-delivered punch and the penance of receiving one. His family escaped from Europe before the horrors of WWII, and Ivan decides to help fight injustice in their new country, even if it goes against all his instincts as a fighter.  

When Ivan and Sofie meet, they realize that their pasts are intertwined and - with the sparks that fly between them - perhaps their futures will be too. With everything in their society lined up against them, will Sofie and Ivan be able to beat the odds? Or will their chance at love be destroyed by the tumultuous times they live in?  

©2016 Alyssa Cole (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • Amanda
  • 18-04-19

Romance in the Civil Rights Movement!

Alyssa Cole has another awesome historical love story. I really liked the setting - young Civil Rights activists during the '60s. It's a rich period and offered great characterization opportunities. I felt like I came to know Sophie and Ivan so much better with their interactions through the movement than I would otherwise. I also enjoyed the details and the perspective of a black woman and a Jewish man committing to Civil Rights activism. Not to say this isn't a fantastic romance, because it is. But I don't think I have ever read anything quite like this. And I loved it. A lot.

The narrator is great. I had an easy time distinguishing between characters and understanding her voice and pronunciation. She conveyed the story well. Again, I just really loved how the setting and history was used.

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  • redbox40
  • 10-04-19

Wonderfully Absorbing!!

I enjoyed immensely everything about this story. Only wished it went on further. So satisfying.

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  • Babyckz
  • 31-03-19

History & romance

The romance of Sophie & Ivan is beautiful. The history lesson in the story is a road map to where some in our country would like to see again.

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  • b.Reading
  • 26-03-19

amazing historical romance!

Unflinchingly tackles racism and the obstacles an interracial couple will face as they fall in love during the 1960s lunch counter protests. Glorious and full of hope.

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  • MaBiche
  • 28-02-19

Admirable

With the backdrop of the Civil Rights struggles in the ’60s, Alyssa Cole delivers a brilliant interracial romance between black and Christian Sofie and white and Jewish Ivan. The challenges blocking their journey to a happy ending are many: the timing of the death of Sofie’s mom, their respective fathers’ enmity, and the oppressive bigotry of the majority.

Let It Shine is a heavy novella, substantial and meaningful. I would have given it five stars, if the romance was more filled-in. I prefer to have been shown their first exchange of ”I love you” and physical intimacy after their release from prison instead of being told about it the morning after. I also wish there was a wedding and a mention of Henrietta and David and the other earlier characters.

Apart from that, I really liked it. Especially the two long epilogues. The narrator is also topnotch.

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  • escoocoo
  • 20-12-18

Excellent!!

A beautiful, wonderful, darling little story with so many great elements to it, spanning a time from the beginning of the Civil Rights movement of the early 1960’s through the early 1970’s and the beginnings of the Women’s Rights Movement. Historically accurate, the story centers around a young African American woman and a Jewish man who meet during a strategic meeting, are powerfully drawn to each other, and then realize they actually know each other from an earlier time.

It is a fairly short read which manages nonetheless to cover a lot of time and emotions with impressive alacrity and skill. An excellent selection from my newly renewed Romance Package. A real gem amidst countless rubbish selections in this package, but coming across books like this is the reason I subscribe. The story itself as well as a very talented narrator add up to time well spent.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-01-19

Great!!!!

I really liked this book and would recommend this book. It had a great storyline and sexual storylines. I wish this book was a movie or TV show. The couple were great together. The narrator was great as always. However, the events of the Civil Rights movement always make me so mad that people lost their lives because of ignorance of other so called humans.

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