Let it Shine
**2016Â RITA FINALIST FOR BEST ROMANCE NOVELLA**
Let It Shine â€“ 1960s Civil Rights Movement Romance
Sofronia Wallis knows that proper Black women donâ€™t court trouble by upending the status quo, but itâ€™s 1961 and the Civil Rights movement is in full swing. Sofieâ€™s spent half her life being prim, proper, and reservedâ€”as if that could bring her mother backâ€”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 andâ€”with the sparks that fly between themâ€”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?
Let It Shine originally appeared in The Brightest Day anthology.