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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Elle Wright’s Made to Hold You: The Good & the Bad of the 1980s

Note: Made to Hold You by Elle Wright is the ninth book in the Decades: A Journey of African American Romance series. This series consists of 12 books, each set in one of 12 decades between 1900 and 2010. Each story focuses on the romance between African American protagonists, but also embraces the African American experience within that decade. Join the journey on our Facebook page,

My contribution to the Decades: A Journey of African American Romance series, is set in the 1980s.

Made to Hold You takes place during the decade that I remember as big and bright, good and bad. Although I was a kid during the ’80s, I have so many fond memories of that time. The thought of doing a historical set in that decade gave me life. When I was 14-years-old in 1988, I never envisioned my life in 2018. I couldn’t imagine being able to communicate to multiple people at a time, send a letter in under a minute, or even rewind my favorite television show as it aired.

At the same time, I often longed for that simpler way of life. I miss the days when families actually sat down to eat dinner together, when a missed phone call wasn’t a big deal, or when I could walk to the store without a second thought. Choosing the 1980s for my novella allowed me to explore adulthood in the ’80s. I lost myself in the fashion, the movies, the television, and the music of the 1980s.

Exploring the African American experience through my writing has given me a chance to delve into the issues that affected many couples during that pivotal time in history for the African American community.

Made to Hold You deals with the effect the “War on Drugs” had on families. I remember going to assembly at my school and hearing the message, “Say no to drugs.” For many of us, being so young at the time, the message went over our heads. Personally, though, I had already been exposed to the toll drug abuse took on a family. Drugs were not a new phenomenon in the ’80s, but the surge of crack cocaine use in the United States during this decade destroyed many lives and ruined many marriages.

Layla and Lincoln thought they would be together forever. But Lincoln’s addiction made those dream nearly impossible to attain. Although Made to Hold You explores the dark side of addiction, the underlying message is hope. It is possible to overcome addiction, but there is a lot of work involved. I wanted to write a story of redemption, give readers a happy ending for a couple involved in the devastation of drug use.

It has been such an honor to be a part of this series. Each author has a unique story, and I hope the readers are enjoying the journey.

Made to Hold You – Decades: A Journey of African American Romance, 1980s by Elle Wright
Layla Johnson had a picture perfect life: a career as an educator, a beautiful daughter, a son on the way, and a loving husband. Only Layla didn’t count on the effect the burgeoning war on drugs would have on her family and her world. And on one rainy night, everything that she worked to attain is destroyed. Now, she’s on her own, with two young children, a mounting pile of debt…and the past knocking at her door.

Lincoln Wilson broke the one thing he treasured most. Instead of spending the rest of his life doting on his beautiful wife and children, he’s alone, haunted by his many mistakes. Determined to make amends, Lincoln works to put the pieces of his life back together again. And although it’s an uphill battle, he is up for the challenge. The last step in Lincoln’s program is to prove to his wife that he can be the man she needs. When he shows up on her doorstep ready to reclaim his life, will Layla let him in?

Author Bio: Elle Wright
There was never a time when Elle Wright wasn’t about to start a book, wasn’t already deep in a book—or had just finished one. She grew up believing in the importance of reading, and became a lover of all things romance when her mother gave her, her first romance novel. She lives in Michigan. Connect with Elle online at:

Twitter: @LWrightAuthor
Instagram: @lrwrightauthor


Judith Ashley said...

Elle, an important story that resonates with the opiate-dependency crisis of today. So glad you wrote this story!

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Great post, Elle. I have fond memories of the 80s too, but it's important to recall the bad with the good. Looks like your novel does that, with a happy ending.

Wayne Jordan said...

This sounds so awesome. I can't wait to read it.

Diana McCollum said...

I enjoyed your post! Good luck with sales!!

Maggie Lynch said...

Great topic for this decade as well as the 80's. I love the idea of exploring recovery and forgiveness in romance. Definitely want to check out this book.