Book Tour & Review : For Your Love (A Blessings Novel) Beverly Jenkins

For Your Love

“For Your Love” (A Blessings Novel) by Beverly Jenkins

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Genre: Contemporay, Fiction, African-American

Page Length: 304 pages (paperback)

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (April 28, 2015)

Synopsis:

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.

Review:

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.

Final Verdict:

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.

4 star rating


About The Author

Beverly Jenkins

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 JournalPeople, the Dallas Morning News,Vibe, and many other publications.

Find out more about Beverly at her website and connect with her on Facebook.

Check out the other tour stops here:

Tuesday, June 9th: The Book Diva’s Reads
Wednesday, June 10th: Reads for Pleasure
Wednesday, June 17th: Black Page Turners
Wednesday, June 24th: The Reading Cove Book Club
Wednesday, July 1st: Tina Says …
Thursday, July 2nd: I’d Rather Be At The Beach
Monday, July 6th: Sort of Beautiful
Tuesday, July 7th: Chaos is a Friend of Mine

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FTC Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

5 thoughts on “Book Tour & Review : For Your Love (A Blessings Novel) Beverly Jenkins

  1. I love that theme of community and creating a family. It’s an ideal that I strive for in my own life and I love to see it working out well in a story.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  2. Hallo, Hallo! 🙂

    I’ve been happily entranced by the reviews on the tour route tonight as I find myself unable to ‘let go’ of Henry Adams! 🙂 Nor could I, in regards to Mayor Wiggins! She was too horrid to draw a line of sympathy for and to be honest, Jenkins painted her just as true as someone with a blackened heart of coal such as her because some people truly have a longer path to walk in order to understand the greater scope of humanity.

    I agree with you completely how the key element that ties the bonds of this community together is FAMILY. Jenkins did a wonderful job at presenting how family can transcend all boundaries and barriers – not to mention the fact that sometimes family is made of the people who care about you the most and are people you choose to have in your life rather than the ones who are bourne of your blood. Family can take-on different meanings, and when a community like Henry Adams is powerfully charged towards acceptance and understanding with a line of faith and a heart of hope – anything is truly possible!

    Nice to find you on the route! 🙂 I am definitely going to be reading books 1-5 ahead of the seventh being released! I even blogged about my intentions on my review! lol Sometimes you just cannot wait to dig back inside a ‘new’ favourite author and re-settle into their narrative because of the uplift you felt the first time you resided in that world!

    Drop by: Jorie’s Review

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