Black History Month | Write It! Day 2 | Josephine and the Soldier by Beverly Jenkins
On Day 2 of the Write It! series, I give my review of the 2003 Beverly Jenkins novel Josephine and the Soldier. I also give my thoughts on who should play the characters in a film adaption.
Official Summary: Josephine Best has it all figured out. Just seventeen, she’s been to college, she has her own hairdressing shop, and she refuses to be distracted by any of that courting nonsense. At least until nice George Brooks begins to pursue her. Jojo isn’t looking for romance, but she permits George to call on her.
Adam Morgan has always been a Casanova, and no girl is immune to his charm. But when he comes home wounded from the War Between the States, it’s a girl he used to call “Pest” who’s turning his head. All grown up, Jojo is being courted by another soldier, and Adam knows it would be foolish to play with her heart. Even so, he just can’t get the headstrong young lady off his mind.
For her part, Jojo can’t deny her growing feelings for Adam. But he’s always been such a flirt-he can’t possibly be serious about her. Besides, she has George falling all over himself to please her. As the war rages on, Adam’s feelings for Jojo grow stronger, but Jojo’s determination to resist him does, too. One thing is clear, though: Jojo is a girl who always gets what she wants, sometimes in spite of herself.
My Thoughts: Beverly Jenkins just gets it. Josephine and the Soldier is the perfect example of a historical romance with black leads. We get the beautiful lead with more than one handsome, qualified beau to choose from. We get the amazing experience (not often afforded black readers) of a story that does not deem trouble, tragedy, and strife as the only authentic black American experience. I enjoyed Josephine and the Soldier and would love to see it as a film!