This is a poignant story of longing and hope during the American Jazz age in Depression-era Chicago. The realities of prejudice are evident, though the characters try to underscore the fact that color is irrelevant. Lyrics of hymns are intertwined and help advance the story.

Rose Sorensen loves to sing, but she’s been raised to believe that it’s wrong to sing worldly songs. But everything changes when she hears Theo Chastain perform at a local jazz club. They are drawn to each other through their love of music, and she is forced to face prejudices that she never envisioned. Can she make her family see that all music comes from God as she disobeys them to sing with Theo? Will the world force them apart, or can love truly overcome anything? (HOWARD, Apr., 336 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Leslie L. McKee