This is the case for some classic novels written by Black authors.
Sadly, prejudice and uncalled fetishization didn’t allow many to enjoy the exquisite words by Black authors for a long time. Many people refused to enjoy the intoxicating love that hugged your soul through each and every page. Gratefully, those days are over.
Here are some books that will take you on a romantic journey. Be warned, some of the love portrayed in these books might not be “traditional,” but that’s why they are so impactful.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
In this iconic book, love isn’t portrayed as cheesy or predictable. Instead, Alice Walker takes her readers into the different variations of love in her book. She understands that love isn’t only romantic, it can also be expressed in a familial sense. By exposing us to these concepts of love, we are able to see distinctions between love in terms of respect, sacrifice, and more. Though at first glance The Color Purple may not seem fitting for the romantic reading dose, a single read will leave you with a better understanding of love.
Jazz by Toni Morrison
Many people might not think Jazz by the legendary Toni Morrison is not a romantic novel, but that’s because they’re not looking hard enough. Sure, Morrison is best known for her musical and vivid style of writing. She often wrote about the African-American experience without leaving much to the imagination thanks to her impeccable imagery and detailed account of issues everyone needs to read about. Yet, Jazz wraps itself around one’s heart and doesn’t let go, even after you close the book.
Indigo by Beverly Jenkins
The Queen of Black romantic novels exists and her name is Beverly Jenkins. She’s written countless novels and all are as captivating as the next one. However, Indigo is one that should not be missed because it dives into a love this modern era could never fully understand. This novel features one of Black history’s most significant aspects, The Underground Railroad. This historical romance presents its readers with an electric love affair that is interlaced within the politically-charged environment of its time.