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Beverly Jenkins has received numerous awards, including five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards, two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times Magazine, and a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer's Guild. Ms. Jenkins was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th century by AABLC, the nation's largest on-line African-American book club. She was recently nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (September 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380813742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380813742
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sean D. Young on October 12, 2000
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If you are a big Beverly Jenkins fan, then you will love Always and Forever. This books was done in a way that only Beverly Jenkins can.
We met Grace Atwood and Jackson Blake in the book Topaz. I loved Grace, she didn't allow anyone to have her back against the wall. She could go with the best of them.
Jackson was on the run and had been for years. When Grace asks him to become the wagonmaster for about 35 mail-order brides, he felt this would be his opportunity to go back to his hometown and get his business straight. What Jackson hadn't planned on was Grace lighting his fire and BOY did she.
Some familiar characters from Beverly's previous books are present: Griffin (Jackson's brother) from the Taming of Jessi Rose and Mr. and Mrs. Dix and Katherine Wildhorse from Topaz.
As usual you get a wonderful history lesson. If you have not read any of Ms. Jenkins books, then start with Night Song, Vivid, Indigo, Topaz, Through the Storm, and The Taming of Jessi Rose. Make sure you have a cool glass of ice water, you will definitely need it.
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I always purchase Beverly Jenkins' books when they are released and hold onto them until I have some relaxed uninterrupted time. That time was over the Xmas holidays when I was on vacation. It has been sunny here in the Bay Area and I wanted to get out in it but I had a hard time moving in the morning for two days straight because I was engrossed with this book. We met the protagonists Grace Atwood and Jackson Blake in "Topaz" another great book where we met Katherine and Dix Wildhorse. Grace has commissioned Jackson to lead a caravan of mail-order brides from Chicago to Kansas where there is a new black settlement in 1884. Kate is a lady banker from the representative black community in Chicago. Representative is what Dubois called the talented tenth. We see here that after the Civil War that all blacks were not scruffling out a living ath the mercy of whites. There were people like Grace who could trace their lineage for several generations and came from free people of color as well as slaves and who were well off economically. Jackson came from Texas where he was raised by his preacher father from a meager background. Jackson was a lawman and when his father was murdered by the Rebs he wanted to avenge his death only to be run out of Texas to save his life. Now it has been ten years and he wants to go back and clear his name and now the hellion Grace his up in his face demanding he escort the brides. They are both so stubborn and headstrong they butt heads at every end but their attraction is undeniable and fiery. Although this is historical fiction, Jenkins weaves actual black historical events and characters into the storyline. She tells about Jean Baptiste DuSable, a black Frenchmen, who discovered Chicago. We hear about the Black Seminoles and a little of their history.Read more ›
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Hot, Hot, Hot! This novel was another masterpiece written by Beverly Jenkins. I absolutley loved the story plot and the characters in this latest novel. I enjoyed the professional status that Grace Atwood held in the novel, and the way the two characters ended up together. It was apparent that Grace felt heartbroken being left at the altar, but she couldn't have begun to imagine what lay on the other side of the door for her. Passion, and Love like she had never known. As always the History in the novel is so enligthning. Beverly you are number one on my list as favorite authors! Keep up the good work, and hurry up with the next one!
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By A Customer on September 9, 2000
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In 1884 Chicago, one hour before he was to marry Grace Atwood, Garth Leeds informs her that he is marrying Amanda Young instead. Rather than weep about his treachery, Grace accepts her cousin Price Prescott's offer to escort women to a small remote Kansas town to become the wives of the Black veterans of Lincoln's war that live there.

Worried about the Jim Crow laws that are suffocating the recently freed Black population, Grace decides to use a wagon train to deliver the 30-35 brides. Finding a dependable guide proves educational to Grace until she interviews former sheriff Jackson Blake. Her first meeting with Jackson proves enlightening as Grace enters a whorehouse where he mistakes her for one of the girls and begins kissing her. Jackson decides to leave Chicago even if he cannot go as far as his beloved Texas, being wanted there. He accepts the job of wagonmaster even though Grace never actually offered it to him. On the trail, the passion between Grace and Jackson ignites into a deep abiding love, but he knows he offers her nothing due to his "criminal" past.

As always, Beverly Jenkins provides her fans with a fabulous, fast-paced ethnic historical romance. The story line is filled with action, tension, and a humorous verbal duel between the lead charcaters, who are heroic, intrepid, and simply wonderful. Readers obtain a fascinating glimpse at the plight of the Black two decades after the Civil War allegedly emancipated the slaves. Anyone who enjoys a superb Americana ethnic romance will achieve tremendous pleasure from ALWAYS AND FOREVER.
Harriet Klausner
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