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Confessions in B-Flat

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Essence bestselling author Donna Hill brings us an emotional love story set against the powerful backdrop of the civil rights movement in New York City.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 24th 2020 by Sideways Books (first published 2020)
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Korrie’s Korner
This book was a pleasant surprise! I’m a sucker for historical, always, but I haven’t read many set in the 1960’s at the height of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Movement.

This book reeled me in just from the cover alone. I will say that I had to switch from audio to ebook because I just didn’t like the audio.

This story made me think a lot!

“They were on opposite sides of the coin.” It made me think about how since the beginning there has always been sides, and how there are still sides t
Read In Colour
I had such high hopes for this book but I can't do historical fiction that doesn't get the timeline of history right it's sloppy research. Between calling Bayard Rustin Baynard, taking about cassette tapes (which were around at the time but not really for commercial use) and then talking about mix tapes, which weren't a thing until hip hop came along, I quit.

Beautiful cover though. Very beautiful cover.
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, historical, romance

Our hero, Jason is from the South and follows the teachings of MLK Jr. while our heroine Anita is from the North and follows Malcolm X.

Jason's work for Dr. King sends him to New York to open up an office, and on the way there, he meets Anita on the bus. It's instant attraction.

Anita is a fiery activist who never misses a chance to let her opinions be known and she also writes poetry which she performs in B - Flat. Jason is very calm
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Now this is the kind of story where to people who have different beliefs I want to read going forward.

Anita and Jason are different but the same, they both want better lives for Black people. However, Anita believes in teaching of Malcom X and Jason believes in the teaching of Martin Luther King Jr.

This story was amazing. Wrapping the romance around the civil rights between two people who believed in the teachings of different icons during the movement was serendipitous. Adding pictures of the
4.5 Wow - this story blew me away! {Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC (Sideways Books) and NetGalley for this free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.}

Heartfelt, tender, fiery, and inspirational. An amazing and powerful story of love and social activism set against the tumultuous backdrop of the 1960s.

Anita is the spirited activist from New York following the teachings of Malcolm X, while Jason is the "do-gooder" from the south who is trying to spread the word of MLK Jr. To read th
Chelé-----4 The Love of Books
Admittedly I'm not much of a historical romance fan ( I know, I know, calm down 😂) but there was something about this synopsis that just pulled me right in and also the cover model looks just like my aunt Starlet 😍

So this book is an exceptional 5 star read!

Talk about opposites attracting, the main characters Anita and Jason are literally from different spectrums of the civil rights movement. Anita, is a follower of Malcolm X and Jason, is a follower of Dr. Martin Luther King. Though they often
Kate Brauning
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Swoony and powerful romance-- from an author who lived through these years! Definitely a must-read.
Violence is what this country was built on, but it could not be the way it survived.

A meeting on a bus ultimately changes the lives of two people in the 60's that are living very different yet similar lives. They are both wanting to better the lives of Black people, but in the opposite ways. Jason the Do-Gooder is about keeping the peace and the ways of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Anita is a fierce, poet spewing, afro wearing New Yorker that believes in the ways of Malcolm X. They both are firm in
Misse Jones
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read a few of Donna Hill’s earlier works and can say that I am a fan, but for whatever reason it has been awhile since I’ve read any of her more recent books. So I was pleased and excited to see the cover and synopsis for Confessions in B-Flat. Drawn in especially by the cover image and title, Hill does what I consider to be a thoughtful rendering of melding together a love story and historical fiction piece in one.

In Confessions of B-Flat we meet two MC’s, Anita and Jason, who converge
Oct 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, historical
Confessions in B-Flat by Donna Hill follows Anita Hopkins, a believer of Malcolm X's ideology and an aspiring poet, as she falls and Jason Tanner, a follower of Martin Luther Jr.'s non-violence methodology. This story is an emotional love story set against the powerful backdrop of the civil rights movement in New York City in the 1960's. This historic novel is based on the author's own personal experience of growing up during this time period in New York.

This book was a super emotional as well
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love, love, LOVE!

During COVID, it’s been difficult to read anything heavy, and I’ve pretty much stayed away from historical fiction all together, until this book arrived at my door! Many thanks to TLC Book Tours, Donna Hill, and Entangled Publishing for providing me with this delightful read.⁣

Confessions in B-Flat follows the Enemies to Lovers trope, but consists of so much more.

Anita Hopkins and Jason Tanner meet in Harlem in 1963. They are polar opposites. Anita is busy promoting the belie
Rachel Maxwell
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! Such a beautiful love story that is set in the Civil Rights Era. I was intrigued by the cover to read "Confessions in B Flat," and it is a very fitting illustration of Anita Hopkins who is free-spirited, outspoken, and a follower of Malcolm X. Jason Tanner is the complete opposite. He is reserved, spiritual, and a follower of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The relationship is a true testament that love can out weight disagreements. At different points in the story I was able to relate to each c ...more
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-reviews
Donna Hill’s Confessions in B-Flat is a poignant, timely, and beautiful story about two people finding their way during the tumultuous 1960s.

When Jason Tanner meets Anita Hopkins on a bus bound for New York City, he knows he’s encountered someone special. He’s been sent by Dr. King to expand the message of passive resistance to people up north, which seems to directly clash with Anita’s support of Malcolm X’s ideology. But neither Jason nor Anita can seem to shake their connection. Will it be e
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thought provoking and moving romance set during the intense Civil Rights movement.

If you've followed me for a while, then you know I don't read much in the historical fiction/historical romance genre. But this book immediately caught my eye with its gorgeous cover. Then when I read the synopsis, it seemed like it would appeal to me, despite being something I rarely read. And I'm glad I took a chance on it.

Jason Tanner and Anita Hopkins are very different people.
He's used to a slower paced life
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has many elements that I really enjoy and made the story and the book so much more enjoyable.

Confessions in B flat is a story that talks a lot about those years of Malcolm x and martin Luther king, the story some home intertwines with the story of these magnificent men the stories, the causes they support, and what they were fighting for..

Jason tanner is not ready to fall in love but life has a very strange manner of bringing things that maybe we aren't looking for but it is the right
MidnightAce Book Bar
Confessions in B-flat released at what I like to call "such a time as this" as we see the things happening in our world today. It was a memorable tribute to those who stood in the gap back then, and its nuggets will stay with you even after you've read the last words.

The author did a great job of developing the main characters, Jason Tanner and Anita Hopkins. I enjoyed their journey. The reader can visualize how strong their convictions, much like the American icons they followed. We travel bac
Leighellen Landskov
I'm always up for any sort of retelling and this book totally gave me all the Romeo + Juliet vibes, while infusing classic 1960's culture. This is an emotional #ownvoice YA love story that ties in mixed media and the voices of the cultural revolution leaders of the day into the heartbeat of the story.

Set in 1963 Harlem, this historical fiction romance is a quick, enjoyable read about a young couple caught up in the middle of the Civil Rights movement. They have opposing ideologies and are worki
At its heart, Confessions in B Flat is a romance, but what a romance! It is set against the backdrop of the civil unrest of the 1960s. The female main character, Anita, is a follower of Malcolm X and the male main character, Jason, is a follower of Dr. Martin Luther King. They spar verbally but they have an innate attraction that allows them to “agree to disagree”, realizing that they have the same goals, just different approaches. I loved the family dynamics of both families. I didn’t fully und ...more
Shannan Harper
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A masterfully written story set during 1963 during the civil right's movement that will take your breath away. On his way to New York to try to convince people that Dr. King's method of non violence resistance is the way to go, meets activist Anita Hopkins, who feels Malcom X's by any means necessary is the way to go. Although they try to resist it, sparks fly. They both have to decide if they can make it work despite their varied and opposing views.

Ms. Hill proves with this book that she is a
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure if I was going to connect with this book, which I received from a Goodreads Giveaway, but I jumped in anyway. I found myself attached to both of the main characters immediately after reading the beginning chapters on each of them. Diametrically opposed in nearly everything, yet magnetically drawn together we follow Jason and Anita, (south/north, quiet/bold, peaceful/forceful) through the turbulent times of the mid sixties. I was a tween/teen during this time and I remember a lot of ...more
A romance novel that doesn't feature a single white person -- and a warm and loving look at two Black families in the turbulent 1960's as Anita and Jason spar and tease and try to reconcile their powerfully different political perspectives while falling in love. I liked this one a lot. Brooklyn-born Anita is bright and energetic, a waitress and a talented poet, a follower of the teachings of Malcolm X. Jason ("Do-gooder" to Anita) is fresh up north from Atlanta to help organize support for Dr. M ...more
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was gifted a copy of this book as part of TLC Book Tours.

This was a fabulous read from beginning to end. I found the characters endearing, and the concept of the two vastly different ideologies fascinating. How will two people who are so wildly different overcome these difference and make it work?

It was a poignant look at the Civil Rights Movement from an interesting perspective. I found it all at once enlightening and riveting.

The ending was so emotionally charge and beautiful. It genuinely
Bethany Robison
Very excited about the multi-media element of this!
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Wow. Wow. I still have tears in my eyes! What a beautifully written book! I loved everything about this story. Jason, the do gooder who is a follower of MLK and Anita, a fiery activist supporting Malcolm X. Both of them coming together despite their differences and the challenges it causes educates you on how life was back then. I loved the history in this book and the pictures! You go from heart break to laughter to love. I definitely recommend reading.
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Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book! Lots of great energy from the civil rights movement, Harlem, personal and moral duty, even the War in Vietnam, including pictures of true historical events. I loved the characters, and could feel their personality as the story evolved. Highly recommend!
Fatima Moosa
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I think the author did a good job of ensuring the main issues of the books in terms of Black Lives Matter, racism, police brutality, state violence etc did not get overpowered by the romance. There was a good balance between the two. She also managed to strike a nice balance between adding her own flavour and creativity along with keeping actual historical events and figures in the
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Just wow. This novel weaves historical fact with fictional characters, a love story, and the civil rights movement in one. It’s an amazing story of love, heartbreak, resilience, and fighting against racism. The novel has historical pictures, articles, and URLs to speeches throughout it to showcase places and people that are mentioned throughout the novel. These help to weave the facts with fiction so beautifully that it makes the past come alive in a way most others do not.
Jennifer Schultz
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Sharelle Don Larsen
I was surprisingly blown away by this book! I adored so many aspects of this book. Following a years long romance, between an unlikely couple, set in an important time period of change and loss. This book gave me so many feelings! It was a whirlwind of emotion in the best way! Donna Hill held me captive by gripping my heart and I was at her mercy with every page turn.
I recommend this book to many people of many ages. It is beautiful. The history is iconic. The story is a classic. The good fig
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Confessions in b Flat

Set in the 60s we follow a a Romeo and Juliet type couple. Anita and Jason, one from the north, one from the south, one supports of Martin Luther King Jr and one supporter of Malcom X. The country boy and the city girl, on paper they don’t seem like they would be a match. And yet they are. They have a spark, a passion that just doesn’t make sense to either of them. We get to navigate their story, their differences and the things that bond them forever. Mixed with some very i
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