Bring on the Blessings

Bring on the Blessings

Book - 2009 | 1st Avon paperback ed
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When a post-Reconstruction African-American community succumbs to a desperate need for funds and purpose, its mayor puts the small town up for sale and finds a buyer in Bernardine Brown, who believes the town's sale to be a sign from God.
Publisher: New York : Avon A, [2009]
Edition: 1st Avon paperback ed
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780061688409
Branch Call Number: F JENKI-B
Characteristics: 366 pages ; 21 cm


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Sep 03, 2020

I found out about this author on Twitter. Beverly Jenkins got famous writing historical Black romances, but she started writing this inspirational fiction series in 2008 or so. Al Roker just optioned the books for a TV series.
I was expecting a cross between Miss Julia and Mitford with a dash of Tyler Perry, and that's what I get. Love it. Going on to the rest, for sure.

Jul 08, 2014

This is the first book I've read by a black woman author and I loved it. I will be reading more books by her.

crankylibrarian Sep 19, 2011

Beverly Jenkins, best known for steamy African American historical romances, goes contemporary with this sweet,life-affirming story. Wealthy black divorcee Bernadine Brown hears 2 news story that awaken her philanthropic impulses: a historic African American town in Kansas is about to go bankrupt, and a clutch of hard luck foster children are in desperate need of homes. Deciding to rescue 2 birds with one trust fund, Bernadine buys the town, rebuilds it, and then imports 5 hand-picked foster kids in need of strong loving families.

This is a terrific premise, with great characters, but I wish the conflicts had more bite. Nearly every crisis gets neatly solved with Bernadine's money, and the children are all too good to be true: the traumatized mute turns out to be a musical prodigy, the overweight video gamer reads W.E.B. Dubois under the covers, the hard ass ghetto sistah is a gifted and sensitive artist. None do any serious acting out or appear to have any adjustment problems beyond the Back to School Special level.

Still,I had to love the fantasy of an idyllic self supporting all Black community where elders are respected, everyone treasures their history, and the village raises every child. And a couple of second chance romances between characters all over 40 didn't hurt.


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