Piper Huguley‘s Migrations of the Heart is a heartwrenching series set in during the First World War in a small town in Georgia, following African American heroes and heroines.
The eponymous Ruby in A Virtuous Ruby, is hardworking and outspoken – exactly what a woman shouldn’t be, especially one who’s just had an illegitimate child. But she simply can’t stand injustice, and that’s what drives her through the prejudice. All Adam Morson wants, is to take Ruby and her child out of the toxic atmosphere he finds her in, but will she choose to stay to save the heart of her hometown?
In A Most Precious Pearl, journalist Asa returns home from the war with an amputated leg, and only one purpose: to get Mags Bledsoe out of trouble. But soon he discovers that there’s more to Mags that meets the eye, especially when he begins to uncover the truth about lynchings in the South…
A Treasure of Gold sees Ruby and Mags’ youngest sister, Nettie, head away from the small town of Winslow, to Pittsburgh, to do work for a charity kitchen. But the big city is very different from the small town that she’s used to – and that definitely includes reprobate Jay Evans. Jay really doesn’t need any help from a do-gooder, but he needs help with his daughter until his wound heals, and Nettie may well be just what he’s looking for!
Huguley has a gorgeous writing style, and I love the way she weaves her romance naratives with larger societal issues of the time. Definitely worth a read!