Sliding into a family-centric small town story, today I have from Beverly Jenkins, the sixth title in her Blessings series, based in Henry Adams Kansas. I have a review, an excerpt, and you can check out what others thought about this title from the tour stops. Additionally, the publisher is giving away TEN (10) Print Copies of FOR YOUR LOVE by Beverly Jenkins.
For Your Love
The first I have read in this series (although I do have many of the earlier books in the series that I will be reading soon) For Your Love is the sixth book in the Blessings series by Beverly Jenkins.
Set in Henry Adams, Kansas: a town founded in the reconstruction era by African Americans seeking a peaceful place to live. The concept of the town, and the openness and possibilities for all the residents to make a new start in a town that oozes support, community and togetherness. As is true in real life, not everyone has arrived in town with picture perfect lives: thrown away or discounted by society, not knowing one’s history or even struggling with issues of adoption and foster care, Jenkins offers backstories and the effects on the present with an openness that does not gloss over issues, but gives people the opportunity to come to terms with and rise above the difficulties.
Characters are richly detailed and emotionally available; there is a sense of history underlying the current story: secondary characters add details, stories and experiences that range from funny to poignant, and imbue a feeling of connectedness for all the characters, even those that feel so separated. This is a softly hypnotic tale, you arrive for the story of the newly married Mayor, Trent and his new wife and adopted children, and before you realize it, each character you encounter has set up house in your head, breathing and listening or telling their own story.
Jenkins does more than write a book: the skill in plotting arcs, characterization and the carefully placed ebb and flow of tension are all present, emotions run from smiles to tears as the more poignant moments appear to tug at your heart. For Your Love is storytelling at its best: an oral history that is passed from generation to generation, never losing import or emotion, but building and growing as each new generation learns, incorporates and shares the tale themselves.
Title: For Your Love
Author: Beverly Jenkins
Series: Blessings #6
Also in this series: Crystal Clear
Genre: African-American, Literary Fiction /Family Saga
Published by: William Morrow
Published on: 28 April, 2015
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 40 minutes
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NAACP nominee and bestselling author Beverly Jenkins returns to Henry Adams, Kansas-an unforgettable place that anyone would want to call home-with a story of family, friends, and the powerful forces from our past that can irrevocably shape our future.
Mayor Trent July and his wife Lily are enjoying life as newlyweds and embracing the challenges and joys that come with being adoptive parents to two wonderful boys. But being a father has inevitably forced him to think about his own birth mother. Raised by his grandmother Tamar—and in many ways the good people of Henry Adams—Trent was blessed with a childhood full of love.
But now he can’t help wondering what happened to the scared teenage girl who gave birth to him. And questions that he’s never voiced are now begging to be answered: Who was she? Is she still alive? Why didn’t she want him?
Trent has always believed no good comes from dwelling on the past, especially when you have a loving family, a strong community, and folks who depend on him. But when the past comes to Henry Adams, Trent has no choice but to face it—and the woman who left him behind. The truth will shake his very being and everything he thought he knew about life, love, and the bonds that hold families together…yet can also tear them apart.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.