“For Your Love” (A Blessings Novel) by Beverly Jenkins
Genre: Contemporay, Fiction, African-American
Page Length: 304 pages (paperback)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (April 28, 2015)
Return to Henry Adams, Kansas—an unforgettable place anyone would want to call home. . . .
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 fatherhood has inevitably forced Trent 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 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 that no good comes from dwelling on the past, especially when you have a loving family, a strong community, and folks who depend on you. 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 . . . but can also tear them apart.
The small town community of Henry Adams is a welcoming place that opens their arms to others in need. The people of the town seem like one big family and they always look out for one another. Even though I had never read any of the previous novels in the Blessings series before I didn’t feel confused by any of the former plot lines or the numerous characters that were presented in the novel.
I enjoyed reading the intersecting stories of the townspeople and the ability to view each situation that was taking place in the book through various points of view. This way you got to see both sides of the story. The characters are lovable and each person is going through their own struggles and they work through their problems with the help of others in order to overcome their obstacles.
I couldn’t, however, feel any sympathy towards neighboring mayor of Franklin (Astrid). I know that she was supposed to be the “villain” character of the story, but she just seemed so evil and hateful. Even when people tried to reach out and reconcile peacefully with her, she would just turn the other way.
I appreciated the strong theme of family that is the central theme of the novel as well. Trent is presented with the dilemma and the emotions of not knowing his biological mother, newcomers Bobby & Kiara are budding new parents with twins, and so on and so forth. The most important message that Jenkins presents in the book is that even though the people of Henry Adams come from different backgrounds, the sense of community brings them together as one. It just goes to show that you don’t have to be related to one another, in order to be a family.
A heartwarming and wholesome story. I look forward to revisiting the town of Henry Adams by reading the rest of the novels in the Blessings series.
About The Author
Beverly Jenkins is the author of thirty historical and contemporary novels, including five previous books in her beloved Blessings series. She has been featured in many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, People, the Dallas Morning News,Vibe, and many other publications.
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FTC Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.