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Daughters of a Nation: A Black Suffragette Historical Romance Anthology

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  129 ratings  ·  33 reviews
The fight for suffrage was long, hard, and carried out on many fronts. In Daughters of a Nation, you'll discover four stories full of spirit, hope, and, most importantly: LOVE.
With the election of 1868 underway, Madeline Asher's mission is clear: educate and enlist the freedmen of Nebraska to vote. But when Union veteran James Blakemore come back into her life, Madeline m
Published November 1st 2016 by Maroon Ash Publishing
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K.J. Charles
ETA: I wrote this in the depths of politics-related misery, which hasn't lifted, but in my gloom I seem to have failed to express one of the more important points, ie that this is a really good romance read. If you enjoy historical romance, get to it.


Historical romance, and I wish it read like a historical curiosity.

These are stories about voter suppression. About men who don't want woman to vote, and white people who don't want POC to vote, and men's brutality to women, and America's shame
Sabrina Jeffries
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed all the stories in this anthology because they gave me a perspective on the difficulties WOC endured in their fight for the vote, providing a sobering insight into that struggle. But my favorites were the Kianna Alexander story with its baker heroine and carpenter hero, which dramatized the impact the Garfield assassination had on POC, and the Alyssa Cole story with its nuanced characters, its fascinating look at race and immigration, and its delicious hero and wonderful heroine. Every ...more
Daughters of a Nation is part history lesson, part romance novel. By far my favorite of the four short stories was the last one Let Us Dream by Alyssa Cole. It tells the story of a black brothel owner and suffrage who while fighting for women's right to vote falls for a Bengali man who is in this country illegally. I liked that it talked about a problem most black women have with the feminist movement. The fact that Susan B. Anthony and white suffragist were racist and not only did they not want ...more
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Short stories are the worst. Unless you don't really like one, and then you know you're going to get through it quickly... A couple of these could have used an editor. Alyssa Cole's was the best. ...more

This is a lovely reunion romance set in post civil war.


The history of the washerwomen's strike is a wonderful backdrop for this compelling romance.

A RADIANT SOUL by Kianna Alexander

A great exploration of women's rights as the hero falls in love with a great heroine.

LET US DREAM by Alyssa Cole

My favorite of the collection. A fight for suffrage at the cross roads of race, class and gender. This is a compelling inter faith as w
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

As we near the end of this long national campaign (I’m sorry, non-USAians, someday this ridiculous campaign will end and it might even be November 9th), and the historic choice in front of us, it’s important to remember that while women in the US gained the right to vote in 1919, the movement championed by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton was at the expense of Women of Color. Black women fought their own fights, and this anthology, released a
Ugh, no. The only reason I'm even giving this 2 stars is that I loved the concept so much. Black leading ladies in historicals? Yes please! Black women's suffrage? GIMME!!
Alas, the romance bit takes a disappointingly disproportionate priority over the "black suffragette" portion of all four stories, and I got tired of the idea that snagging a marriageable dude is more important than civil rights very very quickly. Plus it wasn't even good romance. Purple prose, telling-not-showing, flat/cardboar
Lydia Andres
From James and Maddie's reunion (OMG MADDIE WHAT ARE YOU DOING, GIRL?!) to Mamie's oh so serious insistence that she would never be a minister's wife, to Sarah's trousers and that lemon berry cake that had me drooling as soon as I started the story (recipe provided!), aaaall the way to Bertha and Amir's dancing--there are so many enjoyable moments in this anthology.

I'm fascinated with U.S. history, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries, so I was really curious to read more romances in this
Lee Jones
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the Morning Sun (Lena Hart)
James was a war veteran that fought for equality. James was captured in an enemy's camp where unspeakable atrocities occurred daily. He was a carpenter that gave back to his fellow soldiers by way of lodging. The undeniable love he had for Madeline gave him the strength to keep fighting for freedom. Madeline was a fighter and taught women to read. She accompanied missionaries in different locations to help with women suffrage. Madeline had been delivered the news th
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the Morning Sun by Lena Hart begins with Maddie being raped so serious TW for that (it’s not graphic though). She’s still carrying that trauma with her two years later when she moves to Nebraska to teach Black people to read and write. She thinks her fiancé died in the Civil War but, uh, he didn’t! The two of them coming together is sweet, but they have to overcome so much. All things considered I didn't LOVE this one, but I learned a lot. 

The Washerwomen's War by Piper Huguley also taught me
Smut Report
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More detailed review available at The Smut Report.

Heat Factor: 1 story kisses only, 2 stories low heat, 1 story moderate heat

Character Chemistry: Ranges from “You guys still have some stuff to work out” to “Soulmates, obviously.”

Plot: Thematically cohesive. Plus, I learned some history, which is always a bonus!

Overall: Uneven, particularly in tone

I have yet to find an anthology that isn’t uneven in some way, and Daughters of a Nation is no exception. In this case, since the stories are organiz
Task: A book with multiple authors - 3/5 stars
As usual, anthology gets 3 stars. I liked all but the first story. But I didn’t love any of them. Kianna Alexander was my favorite.
A common problem of romance anthologies is that a short story or novella just isn't long enough for a good and believable romance. This is also the case for at least three of the four stories in this anthology. Characters aren't fleshed out and the romance is too rushed so there isn't any emotional depth.
This particular anthology tells the important stories of black suffragettes and in a way that makes the contributions even less believable. There just aren't enough pages to do the complex stor
Jaymee Goh
I really loved this book! Each story has interesting characters with particular problems that nonetheless share a theme across the whole anthology--suffrage for women of colour. The men are so different from each other in terms of personal history and ambitions, but the way they bend to the protagonists really exemplifies the best of a gentle masculinity that I'd love to read more of. There wasn't as much sex as I expected, but the political tensions that lead to personal tensions take on an ero ...more
I picked this up from the library when I saw two of my favorite authors listed (Piper Huguley and Alyssa Cole). This is four novellas about black suffragettes from post Civil War to the early 20th Century. We are not taught enough about the roles that black women played in history, and in the suffragette movement, even less. A good historical makes me want to learn more about that period of history, and this one does that in spades. Strong women, working to get the vote, and they get their happy ...more
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Each of these stories offers not only a strong heroine with a just cause, but, a hero willing to compromise and sacrifice so that she can fight the good fight. These stories offer hidden nuggets of history along with the romance and are quite timely. No matter what the set back we will endure and press for what is right. All that being said though I enjoyed all the stories for me Alyssa Cole's "Let Us Dream" is the strongest of the four stories. It's the one story I could not put down.

Thank you
Tina Young
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lena Hart's Historical Romance, "In the Morning Sun", is one of the few stories from this genre that I've read and enjoyed. I'm a huge Lena Hart fan and really loved how she presented Madeline and James' evolution of true love. This story grasps the reader's attention from beginning to end. I haven't had an opportunity to read all the stories in this bundle, so I will revise my review once I finish the entire bundle.

If you enjoy reading historical novels and romances, don't hesitate to One Click
Betty Adams
I really wanted to like this collection of four stories of black suffragists not only because the suffrage movement is one of my biggest interests, but also because WaPo felt it gave a new perspective to the movement. I was really disappointed. Each story was more cliched than the last; every heroine was beautiful and attracted to a handsome man; every story had a happy even blissful ending. To top it off, I didn't gain much insight into the historical events upon which at least two of the stori ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By Lena Hart
Rating: ★★★☆☆

by Piper Huguley
Rating: ★★★☆☆

by Kianna Alexander

by Alyssa Cole
Rating: ★★★★★

The final grade is perhaps more generous than I usually give anthologies with this mean average in ratings, but I'm giving this one an extra star for the simple fact that these four wonderful authors actually took the initiative to make this a reality. It inspires the hope that more stories and anthologies in the same vei
Miss Susan
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poc-author
alyssa cole's let us dream was the best story in this collection by far but i enjoyed all of them. if i was giving individual ratings it'd get a 5 and everything else a 3. great concept for an anthology; i really enjoyed getting to see various ways black women participated in the suffrage movement. i kinda think i could have done with more suffrage politics and less romance in every story except cole's tbh (she had the perfect balance because she is one of the best romance novelists writing toda ...more
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It is always a learning experience to read about African American history and the impact of Black people on moments in American history that are not considered Black history. This book focused on the Suffragette movement. The stories were romance, but mixed with the events of the fight for women's right to vote. Made for great reading.

Thanks, Ladies, for keeping OUR history alive!!
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
An excellent set of historical romances, with relevance (like it or not) to some of today's struggles. Alyssa Cole's piece is the real standout here, but they're all excellent. In a time when we all need to take breaks for entertainment, this anthology provides the right mix of escapism and re-invigoration. ...more
Bliss Bennet
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved, loved, loved Alyssa Cole's story in this collection. Though it is set in 1917, it has so many parallels to political issues that are still so relevant today: education, the purpose of voting, immigration and anti-immigration backlash, race relations, and more. My favorite novella of 2016. ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read interesting stories. I learned more about the suffragette struggle than I knew. I also learned about the Black and Indian connection in Harlem. I really enjoyed the stories.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Honestly this is perfect. 5/5 must read. I love the last story, didn't know about South East Asians in Harlem during the early 1910s
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 for the first 3 stories, 5 for the last one (by Alyssa Day)

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Mixed bag of novellas. First three were a solid three stars each; Alyssa Cole's contribution was five stars for me. So a total of 3.5 stars rounded down.

Needed more thorough copyediting.
Deborah Reed
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book.

Because this book deals with a important subject in history.. Not allowing women to vote effected women of color as well as all women.
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