In the perilous days of World Wars I and II, the gods hold the fates-- and the hearts-- of four mortals in their hands. They are Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette. A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect-turned-soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S. Army, and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past. Their story, as told by goddess Aphrodite to her husband, Hephaestus, and her lover, Ares, is filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion, and reveals that, though War is a formidable force, it's no match for the transcendent power of Love.
Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Family member death; Interracial; Race discrimination; death of a parent; death of a brother; interracial relationship; racism; segregation
female teenager; male teenager
Black (African American) / White (Belgian; British)
mother and father; orphan
romance; World War I; Greek gods; Aphrodite; France; jazz; musicians
Berry, Julie, "Lovely War" (2019). Diverse Families. 1830.