Confessions in B-Flat by Donna Hill

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What a stunningly powerful story! There is an author’s note at the beginning of this book that really moved me. When she started this story, she wanted to share a story that surrounded the civil rights movement but did not realize how poignant its 2020 publication would end up being. I think there are times when things are just meant to be, and this is one of them.

Confessions in B-Flat is a story told from two perspectives on two different sides of the Civil Rights Movement. Jason has just volunteered to move from the south to New York to spearhead the opening of a new location to drive the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The author chose to add real historic photos and news articles into the pages of the story. I thought it was such a wonderful addition. After a scene would finish, getting to see a photo of that real moment was so powerful. Even though this was a historical fiction story, the addition of those pieces gave strength to the actual historic events this book was based on. Loved it!

I really enjoyed the two main characters. They are easy to love, and their love was so wonderful to watch blossom. Jason is calm and just overwhelmed at what he has signed up for. Opposite him is Anita, a feisty, strong woman ready to stand up for what she believes in. Together they made an absolutely wonderful pair.

Overall, I was blown away by this story. It was amazing to read with so much historical information that you feel completely immersed in the story!

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Confessions in B-Flat for readers that enjoy historical fiction with character stories you can get invested in!

Where to Find This Book:

Confessions in B-Flat by Donna Hill is available at these sites!

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Essence bestselling author Donna Hill brings us an emotional love story set against the powerful backdrop of the civil rights movement that gripped a nation—a story as timely as it is timeless…

The year is 1963. In Harlem, the epicenter of Black culture, the fight for equality has never been stronger. The time is now. Enough is enough. Yet even within its ranks, a different kind of battle rages. Love thy neighbor? Or rise up against your oppressors?

Jason Tanner has just arrived in New York to help spread the message of his mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., of passive resistance, while beat poet Anita Hopkins believes the teachings of Malcolm X with all her heart: that the way to true freedom is “by any means necessary.” When Jason sees Anita perform her poetry at the iconic B-Flat lounge, he’s transfixed. And Anita has never met anyone who can match her wit for wit like this…

One movement, two warring ideologies—can love be enough to unite them?

Confessions in B-Flat is a celebration of the hard-won victories of those who came before us, and a stark reminder of just how far we still have to go.

Just the Facts:

Confessions in B-Flat by Donna Hill
Genre: Historical Fiction
Page Count: 400 pages
Publisher: Sideways Books
Pub Date: November 24, 2020

Donna Hill has published more than seventy books spanning a long career. She is an Essence bestselling author and recipient of multiple awards, such as: The RT Career Achievement Award, the Gold Pen Award, The Trailblazer Award, and the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award. She is an editor of novels and two award-winning anthologies. She is currently in a PhD program but received her MFAW in Creative Writing from Goddard College.

She is a proud single mother and grandmother who gives back to the community and is known as a pioneer of black romance novels.

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