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 […]
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 […]
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’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 […]
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.