A frothy and wise Bridgerton-esque YA romance with an all-Black cast—the first book in a debut duology, set in turn-of-the-last-century Chicago.
The year is 1910. The Davenports are one of the few Black families of immense wealth and status in the United States, their fortune made through the hard work and entrepreneurship of William Davenport, a formerly enslaved man who founded the Davenport Carriage Company years ago. Now, the Davenports live surrounded by servants, crystal chandeliers, and endless parties. This is the story of the Davenport daughters, their maid, and their best friend—Olivia, Helen, Amy-Rose, and Ruby—as the four find their way, and unexpectedly find love, in a rapidly changing country. Inspired by the real-life story of the C.R. Patterson dynasty, The Davenports offers a glimpse into a period of African-American history often overlooked in classrooms, while delivering a totally escapist, swoon-worthy read.
A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal, told by two fraternal twins at two different points in time—one before the event that changed their lives, and one after.
Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, impassioned, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and divisive ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as a captivating, unpredictable new mentor. Life before the event that divides them is Noah’s story to tell. Life after it is Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.
This radiant, fully alive, and sometimes very funny second novel from the author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.