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Review of A Love Song For Ricki Wilde

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I live for a good Tia Williams novel.

Her books consistently have given me a great read with fun relatable characters of color since i first discovered The Perfect Find.

So when I heard about A Love Song for Ricki Wilde, I was intrigued. I couldn’t quite figure out what exactly the plot would be but I was willling to take a chance and go in basically blind because…Tia Wiliiams.

And I was pleasantly and happily and gloriously surprised because while I am a romantic at heart, I also love other genre’s of fiction and I love that this novel…included elements of some of my favs.

Anything more and I’ll give it away….

Anyhoo, of COURSE I had to write a review!!! So…here is my review of my favorite read from January :A Long Song for Ricki Wilde

A Love Song For Ricki Wilde By Tia Williams: A Review


Black & African American Historical Fiction

Synopsis of A Love Song For Ricki Wilde

From the Book Jacket:

Leap years are a strange, enchanted time. And for some, even a single February can be life-changing.

Ricki Wilde has many talents, but being a Wilde isn’t one of them. As the impulsive, artistic daughter of a powerful Atlanta dynasty, she’s the opposite of her famous socialite sisters. Where they’re long-stemmed roses, she’s a dandelion: an adorable bloom that’s actually a weed, born to float wherever the wind blows. In her bones, Ricki knows that somewhere, a different, more exciting life awaits her.

When regal nonagenarian, Ms. Della, invites her to rent the bottom floor of her Harlem brownstone, Ricki jumps at the chance for a fresh beginning. She leaves behind her family, wealth, and chaotic romantic decisions to realize her dream of opening a flower shop. And just beneath the surface of her new neighborhood, the music, stories and dazzling drama of the Harlem Renaissance still simmers.

One evening in February as the heady, curiously off-season scent of night-blooming jasmine fills the air, Ricki encounters a handsome, deeply mysterious stranger who knocks her world off balance in the most unexpected way.  

Set against the backdrop of modern Harlem and Renaissance glamour, A Love Song for Ricki Wilde is a swoon-worthy love story of two passionate artists drawn to the magic, romance, and opportunity of New York, and whose lives are uniquely and irreversibly linked. 

My Book Review of A Love Song For Ricki Wilde ( spoiler free)

I have been a fan of Tia Williams since reading the perfect find.
I was so eager to read this book, that I literally went in having no clue what it was really about other than it was a love story set in Harlem and somehow, had something to do with the Harlem Renaissance.

By the end, I was almost mad. Because this is one of those books you wish you could read again for the first time because you want that “OMG HOW WILL THIS END” feeling again and again.

When I tell you I was sucked in? I loved Ricki Wilde. Her brain, her character, her need to prove herself. And when “One evening in February as the heady, curiously off-season scent of night-blooming jasmine fills the air, Ricki encounters a handsome, deeply mysterious stranger who knocks her world off balance in the most unexpected way. “????

And the chemistry between Ricki and Ezra ? So So Good. And so heartbreaking and so joyful all at the same time.

I can’t really say more because I don’t want to give away the plot, because I feel like you need to let it unfold not by being told, but by reading it. But lets just say, I was so intrigued, not only by the love story and the backstory and i was so surprised and delighted by the speculative fiction of it all.

I loved it.

My Rating

5/5 stars. Romance and speculative fiction in one. Can’t loose.


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