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Bring on the Blessings (Blessings Series) Paperback – January 27, 2009
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
When she arrived in Henry Adams, Bernadine was not prepared for the warm welcome she received. However, underneath the warm smiles and gestures, everyone wanted to know what she intended to do. First, she brought in contractors to restore and rebuild. After all, they could not let one of the country's oldest all-Black towns disappear. Second, she had to sell them on her idea of bringing in foster children to raise and love. Not just any foster children; there was an eight-year old pastor, an eleven-year old car theft, a fourteen-year old fly-girl, an overweight genius, and a ten-year old mute.
Beverly Jenkins has written a story like none I have ever read before. Bernadine was confident and determined to bring love to a group of unwanted children. She wanted to restore a piece of history. Like all of Jenkins novel, she revisits favorite characters from her historical novels, the July Family, and the history her fans crave. Jenkins brings a cast of new characters that are funny, loving and admirable. Even though it was not her typical romance novel, I dove into the novel and cheered and cried with each blessing that was brought to this town. She also left room for sequels, which I am sure her fans will surely want after reading this novel. Jenkins proved that there is more to her than just romance.
Reviewed by: Priscilla C. Johnson
There is a black township of Henry Adams that was founded by freed slaves. The failing town has been put up for auction on e bay and Ms. Browns buys it.
What follows is a heartwarming narrative of what it takes to be a community and that the saying that it takes a village to raise a child is true.
It is Bernadine dream to give homes to some foster children and she chose this town to be the focal point.
The characters in the books have their foible's but as in real life they have a chance to be nurtured and grow.
I highly recommend this book. It even has a bit romance for us lovers of this genre.
This book had just the right amount, IMO. I'm not quite sure who the "Big Sister" in the sky is, but that is a minor gripe. Seemed almost like the religious aspect of this book was put in as an after-thought.
The characters all had good morals, were entertaining just for who they were. The story was good, although I do have to agree with others about the ridiculousness of the Cletus/Riley situation. Also, the ending was completely lacking and wrapped up too easily. It's almost like the author was in a hurry with the ending. The rest of the book had a lot of thought put into it, and the ending was just "splat"--fell completely flat in comparison.
All in all, a good read. Not sure if I will spring for the sequels, but if they are ever free I will snatch them up!
This story was a pleasure to read. Some of the passages literally had me in tears. I was a little disappointed with the ending and the episode with Riley and Cletus was a bit far-fetched. This was just enough to whet my appetite and hope for a sequel. Get it from the library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've purchased all the books! Thank you for this series! I feel like I'm standing right in Henry Adams, Kansas!Published 6 days ago by Sandi Green
Love the writings f Beverly Jenking and the history she includes in her books. I fint them very exciting and look forward to reading the next one!Published 1 month ago by Virginia A Satterfield
This is a very insightful read. I love the way Beverly, introduces each character and brings in their story throughout the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by traveling TN grandma
This book is a "feel good" story that is grounded with real world stuff. I fell in love with the characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Linda
I love this book and also the author. I have reread it a couple of times.Published 2 months ago by cheryl a. martin
This is my first read by author Beverly Jenkins. I have had this downloaded on my Kindle for at least 2 years, and I hate that it took me this long to actually read it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Literary Diva
Excellent story!! I did not want to put the book down. This book is highly recommended. I am looking forward to finishing the series.Published 2 months ago by Cruising*Panda
I enjoy the historic fiction Jenkins includes in her books. Good summer reading where you know there'll be a good resolution.Published 3 months ago by sweetteach