Bring on the Blessings

Bring on the Blessings

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On Bernadine Brown's fifty-second birthday she received an unexpected gift--she caught her husband, Leo, cheating with his secretary. She was hurt--angry, too--but she didn't cry woe is me. Nope, she hired herself a top-notch lawyer and ended up with a cool $275 million. Having been raised in the church, she knew that when much is given much is expected, so she asked God to send her a purpose.

The purpose turned out to be a town: Henry Adams, Kansas, one of the last surviving townships founded by freed slaves after the Civil War. The failing town had put itself up for sale on the Internet, so Bernadine bought it.

Trent July is the mayor, and watching the town of his birth slide into debt and foreclosure is about the hardest thing he's ever done. When the buyer comes to town, he's impressed by her vision, strength, and the hope she wants to offer not only to the town and its few remaining residents, but to a handful of kids in desperate need of a second chance.

Not everyone in town wants to get on board though; they don't want change. But Bernadine and Trent, along with his first love, Lily Fontaine, are determined to preserve the town's legacy while ushering in a new era with ties to its unique past and its promising future.

Publisher: New York : Avon A, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061688409
Characteristics: 366 p. ; 21 cm


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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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