Bring on the Blessings

Bring on the Blessings

A Blessings Novel

Large Print - 2012
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On Bernadine Brown's fifty-second birthday she received an unexpected gift - she caught her husband, Leo, cheating on her. She was hurt and angry, but rather than cry and scream, she hired herself a top-notch lawyer and ended up with a cool $275 million. Now Bernadine needs a purpose, and that turns out to be the town of Henry Adams, Kansas, one of the last surviving townships founded by freed slaves after the Civil War. The town has put itself up for sale on the Internet, and Bernadine buys it.

Watching the town he loves slide into foreclosure is painful for Mayor Trent July, but when he meets Bernadine, he's impressed. She not only offers the town vision, strength, and hope, she also extends her largesse to kids in desperate need of a second chance.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2012.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781611734546
Branch Call Number: Large Print Fic
Characteristics: 413 p. ; 22 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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