Jobyna’s Blues by Jane Alden

1920’s blues, the swinging 1960’s, strong talented women with the backdrop of social change and love. 

What was the book about?
This book spans a couple of generations of strong black women from the early 1920’s to the 1960’s. Jobyna, Empress of Blues makes an impression on Lily that will last the rest of her life. Jobie, an aspiring singer is equally affected by DeeDee in London during the swinging 60’s. The stories take you through major social changes of the day as well as the search for each character’s sense of self, love and happiness.

Featured Tropes: Romance / Historical

Book Strengths:
I love the way this book is written. You are become enthralled in the sights and sounds of each era. The 1920’s flappers, bars, blues and amazing women. I’m sure I could hear the blues playing while I was reading. Dusty Springfield was there in my mind singing “You don’t own me” loud and clear. Two pivotal eras for music.  

Book Weaknesses:
I was hoping for more between Lily and Jobyna and felt that their relationship deserved it. 

Character Chemistry:
The main characters didn’t lack for depth of feeling and there is no doubt how they felt about each other. I wish the relationship between Lily and Jobyna could have been a little fuller, but fate got in the way.

Heat Rating: 4

Wrap up:
Take the time to immerse yourself in this novel and you won’t regret it. If you don’t come away from this book with wanting to hear the blues or Dusty Springfield, then I’d be surprised. 

Star Rating: 4

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