This was so good! I loved it. The characters of Rhine and Eddy made my heart happy. Especially when you find out Rhine’s past. I loved how Jenkins took parts of the American history (post Civil War, mostly African American towns, etc.) and turned all of that into this book. I am so going to read more books by this author in the future. The only reason why I didn’t give this five stars is that it starts off slow. To the point that I was considering DNFing it since I was so tired. However, things pick up after Eddy […]
This is another one of those novels I have been meaning to read in order to branch out, and Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge provided that final push to turn it from a vague intention to a reality. While Hester’s father was descended from a free family tracing their freedom back to the Revolution, Hester was born into slavery. Her father sold himself into slavery to be with her mother, a slave in South Carolina. Unfortunately, the master he arranged his deal with died only a few years later, leaving his and his family’s happiness in the hands of a […]
I had the fortune of visiting The Ripped Bodice to see Beverly Jenkins speak about her new historical romance novel, Breathless. After the event, I was kindly invited to join the LA chapter of Mocha Girls Read book club. I’m so thankful Ms. Jenkins and my favorite bookstore introduced me to a lovely book club group! Having an in-person book club kept up my motivation to read more books to review for Cannonball Read. 🙂 Bring on the Blessings by Beverly Jenkins was the February selection and much needed palette cleanser I needed after reading The Heart Don’t Lie. The first book in the Blessings series introduces us […]
I’m a sucker for lists. Give me a list of things to do, and there’s nothing I like more than checking items off as I complete them. I’ve found a number of lists of “books to read,” and any list that sounds interesting, or has books that I’ve already read and enjoyed, I save. This definitely makes my own to-be-read list more unmanageable, but I can’t help myself. The latest list I stumbled upon is NPR’s Best Books of 2016. It was on this list that I found Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins. A romance novel recommended by NPR? I was definitely […]
All of the books in the pile were for my classroom library, and I was $4 short from getting the loyalty stamp card at my favorite independent book store. So back to the shelves it was so I could meet the minimum $30 purchase stamp. It took a while, but I finally settled on an author and genre of romance I had never read before: Beverly Jenkins and African-American historical romance. The selection, Jewel, turned out to be a satisfying one. Read the full review.
There are things Beverly Jenkins does really, really well, and two things that I like much less about her work, that were all evident first when I read Topaz and appeared here in Indigo. So let’s get this compliment sandwich going! This book is about Hester Wyatt, a freed former slave and operator on Michigan’s Underground Railroad. She’s decidedly non-romantic after seeing how passion and love led her father to take on the shackles of slavery to be closer to her and her mother, only to have all of them end up separated from each other in the end. Engaged […]
Listed as an honorable mention for Beverly Jenkins in NPR’s recent 100 recommended romances list, I gave Topaz a try as it covers two bases I haven’t much encountered: Westerns and African-American hero/ines. All things considered, I liked Topaz very much; though, admittedly, I found the prose to be lacking in sophistication (which is what knocks off the fifth star.) Still, Jenkins obviously has her finger on the pulse of what makes a romance successful. Katherine Love is a newspaper reporter in the late 19th century, writing for a predominantly black publication under a pseudonym to obscure from readers that […]
4.5 stars Hester Wyatt was born as a slave, because her father, originally a free man, sold himself into slavery to be with her mother. When she was born, her mother severed part of her finger to make her more easy to identify, and Hester was found and taken in by her aunt Katherine, who taught her to read and write and raised her as her own. Now she lives in her dead aunt’s house, a valuable member of Michigan’s Underground Railroad. One night, she’s asked to hide a badly injured man. She discovers that he is “the Black Daniel”, […]