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Stepping to a New Day: A Blessings Novel

Stepping to a New Day: A Blessings Novel

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by Beverly Jenkins

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NAACP nominee and USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins returns to the town of Henry Adams with a story of family, friendship, love, and second chances.

In Henry Adams, Kansas, you can’t start over without stirring things up . . .

Many a good woman has had to leave a no-good man, but how many of them took a back-seat to his 600-lb. hog? On


NAACP nominee and USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins returns to the town of Henry Adams with a story of family, friendship, love, and second chances.

In Henry Adams, Kansas, you can’t start over without stirring things up . . .

Many a good woman has had to leave a no-good man, but how many of them took a back-seat to his 600-lb. hog? On her own for the first time, Genevieve Gibbs is ecstatic, even if certain people preferred the doormat version of Ms. Gibbs. Finding someone who appreciates the “new” her has only just hit Gen’s to-do list when T.C. Barbour appears in her life.

A tiny Kansas town is a far cry from his native Oakland, California, but it’s just the change T. C. needs. While helping his divorced nephew acclimate to single fatherhood, T. C. lands a gig driving a limo for the most powerful woman in Henry Adams. It’s a great way to meet people—and one in particular has already made the job worthwhile. All it takes is a short trip from the airport for Genevieve to snag T.C.’s attention for good.

But it wouldn’t be Henry Adams without adding more drama to the mix. When Gen’s ex Riley returns with his hog in tow, it sets off a chain of events that can ruin everything—unless the residents pull together once again to save the day.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A vivid sense of caring connections shines in Jenkins's seventh Christian contemporary romance (after For Your Love), set in the idyllic small town of Henry Adams, Kans. Retired big rig driver and widower Terrence "T.C." Barbour relocates to Henry Adams to assist his adult nephew and family. Former mayor and ne'er-do-well Riley Curry and his prized hog, Cletus, return to Henry Adams in a stolen vehicle, with a trail of minor crimes in their wake. Riley's ex, teacher Genevieve Gibbs, is rediscovering herself in her sixth decade, a development her current beau, Clay Dobbs, finds unsettling. T.C. and Genevieve's immediate attraction deepens at a slow burn under the watchful eyes of Gen's neighbors, including rich landowner Bernadine Brown and shotgun-wielding matriarch Tamar July. Their romance is interspersed with tales of continued developments—largely positive in a community that functions on the value of "kindness over rightness"—in the lives of the townsfolk. (June)
Library Journal
Divorced and reclaiming her life, Genevieve Gibbs is not about to go back to being the submissive doormat she once was—or get involved with another man. Then widowered TC Barbour comes to town to spend time with his nephew and his two teenage daughters, and before long Genevieve is rethinking her decision. A town full of quirky, mostly lovable characters adds depth and interest to a touching story that blends humor and realism—and a pinch of the macabre—with exceptional skill. Once again, tiny Henry Adams, KS, springs to life in Jenkins's masterful hands. VERDICT The author continues to build this engaging community in a sweet, wholesome, gentle read that offers a message of strength and redemption and will be welcomed by women's fiction and romance fans. Jenkins (Forbidden) lives in southeastern Michigan.
Kirkus Reviews
Every generation in a small town has its own drama, and everyone has his or her own way of getting through it. It's time to catch up with the good people of Henry Adams, Kansas. In the seventh Blessings installment, Jenkins (Forbidden, 2016, etc.) focuses on TC and Genevieve, who are reinventing themselves in their 60s. Our romantic leads both strive toward new goals: TC to start fresh in a new town and to improve his reading, and Genevieve to become a stronger, truer person, to herself and to others. Their determination is fortified by their adorable day-to-day interactions, whether it is shared silence on a drive or one building up the courage to ask the other to lunch. This little Utopia isn't without its problems, of course, including lifelong grudges and con artists. And while there is a romance at the center, there are all kinds of relationships here. Nineteen-year-old Eli, having expressed the loss of his mother in the worst ways, works to reconcile with his father. Pastor and child psychologist Paula has to face her own demons after learning that her grandfather, who raised her, has died. And Genevieve's best friend, Marie, has to figure out how to fix their relationship after a self-inflicted isolation. Other names and faces pop in and out, giving us glimpses of past and future stories. Some are deliberately left open, but we know Jenkins will return to tell new ones about the people of Henry Adams. Her style is familiar and cozy, and Jenkins knows how to distinguish her characters' voices so as not to confuse readers by the whirlwind changes in perspective. She's also good at weaving in back story so new readers will find themselves at home. It's easy to lose hours at a time caught up in this book. An achingly sweet feel-good story of love and redemption of all kinds.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Blessings Series , #7
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5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Beverly Jenkins has received numerous awards, including five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards, two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times Magazine, and a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer's Guild. Ms. Jenkins was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th century by AABLC, the nation's largest on-line African-American book club. She was recently nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature.

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Stepping to a New Day: A Blessings Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a non stop read. Wonderful story as always. Love Beverly Jenkins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing and delightful read. Enjoyed every single page and character in this story. Couldn't put the book down. Highly recommend the whole series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon the first book in this series a few years ago at the library, and immediately checked out the second and then the third book. Then I decided I needed to own the series, and have been collecting the stories as they come available . Now I await impatiently for the next installment of this wonderful town.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was excellent from start to finish......with Riley it's never a dull moment its time to make bacon out of Cletus........loved TC and Gen .......Really wanted to know why Della was so dang mean .....u just gotta read this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wass great to see how my book family was doing. I love to grow up and older with characters and I definitely hit pay dirt with this series. I was crazy about Sky O'Malley (author Bertrice Samall) and her life adventures now I have Henry Adams filling the space. Thank you Mrs. Bev!
D-B1 More than 1 year ago
An enriching and engaging story wonderfully written by the best selling author, Beverly Jenkins. I received an ARC from a Goodreads Giveaway. Genevieve Gibbs had been married to a no good, selfish man, Riley, for forty years, who loved his hog, Cletus, more than her. After having finally ended her marriage to Riley, Genevieve decided not to be a doormat anymore and to be 'large and in charge' (26). TC Barbour comes to town to help out his nephew and two girls. TC gets a job as a chauffeur and meets Genevieve and wants to get to know her better. Reverend Paula Grant has to go home for the funeral of her grandfather. Her Aunt Della won't tell her when the funeral is and tells her not to come. After the funeral, Paula finds out shocking and disturbing news. More riveting characters to read and a must read story.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Outstanding read.
Anonymous 9 months ago
The only issue I have with this book is the length. It was to short and the story with the Pastor' cousin should have been more developed, it was skimmed over. Other than that it works with the series. Can't wait for the next book.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
And I thought ...This was a good book. I enjoyed the story line. I loved the small town feel of the story. I have to admit I did get bogged down with all the characters. There were so many. This is a book that takes the reader into the lives of almost the entire town. At any other time I probably would have gotten more into the story and read it straight through but it did take me a while to get into it. It did turn into a wonderful feel good story. I warn the reader to plan a couple of days or more because you won't want to put it down. I received a complimentary ARC copy from TLC Book Tours. A complete list of other reviews on the tour follows. My review is posted on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Good Reads. I will be linking this post at blog tours including: The Art of Homemaking,Grace At Home Party, Create with Joy, Share Your Cup
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE Beverly Jenkins!!!! Once again I got to visit Henry Adams and as usual it was an awesome visit! I usually dislike sequels but I don't miss an opportunity to read any and everything by Ms. Beverly! Do yourself a HUGE favor and dive into her "Blessings" books you WILL NOT regret it for a moment!
Bigedsgirl1 More than 1 year ago
Another great read in the Blessings series by the incomparable Beverly Jenkins! This is the 7th book of the series, and I consider it a blessing to have read and thoroughly enjoyed them all. The series revolves around the current citizens of the fictional small town of Henry Adams, KS which is based on real historically black townships in Kansas that were established by free slaves fleeing the degradation and lynchings taking place in the post-Civil War southern states of America. The series follows Bernadine Brown, a multi-millionaire, thanks to her hefty divorce settlement from her cheating ex-husband who spreads her blessings by buying the almost defunct Henry Adams off of ebay and with the input of its current citizens, breathing life back into the town and offering hope of a new life to some select foster care children. This is the 7th installment in this ongoing humorous and heartwarming saga, and it focuses on longtime resident Genevieve Gibbs' new found friendship with newcomer Mr. T. C. Barbour. I loved this story so much, that when I reached the end, I went back to the beginning page and read the book again!
hcbm More than 1 year ago
The title "Stepping to a New Day" apply describes the story line of the book. It is how the characters embrace or reject the changes in their lives. We are back in the town of Henry Adams catching up with some of our favorite characters from the past and some that we did not like. We wonder why they are back in the mix. This is a great story about why some people will stagnate and some will rise to the occasion put before them. It was a book with a message but you were not beaten over the head with it, you just needed to choose to listen. The only draw back is that I do not know if you will enjoy the book as much as I if you have not read all the books in the series. I really think you will have a good time if you will join us in the town of Henry Adams where a lot of people care about their neighbors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago