Bring on the Blessings (Blessings Series #1)

Bring on the Blessings (Blessings Series #1)

by Beverly Jenkins
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Bring on the Blessings (Blessings Series #1) by Beverly Jenkins

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061984136
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Series: Blessings Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 49,098
File size: 777 KB

About the Author

Beverly Jenkins is the recipient of the 2017 Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for historical romance. She has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature, was featured in both the documentary Love Between the Covers and on CBS Sunday Morning. Since the publication of Night Song in 1994, she has been leading the charge for multicultural romance, and has been a constant darling of reviewers, fans, and her peers alike, garnering accolades for her work from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, and NPR.

To read more about Beverly, visit her at


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Bring on the Blessings 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 652 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I started this book, I assumed it was a self-pub, first time book. Imagine my surprise to find out Ms. Jenkins has 20 novels out there. I was even more surprised to discover it was published by Harper Collins, a major publishing house. This book is so poorly edited I nearly gave up. So many typos, grammatical errors, characters changing names - sometimes in the same scene! Ms. Jenkins seems a fine storyteller but she should fire her editors/proofers immediately for gross incompetence on this one. I'm leery to continue the series at this point. If you get this book, beware if you care about editing issues when you read. The story gets my 2 stars, but I would have rated much higher if anyone had bothered to proof this book before putting it out there.
LaRose322 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story... it is spiritual, comical, and heartwarming. I would certainly recommend this as a fun, quick read.
VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
Fluff = Bring on the Blessings by Beverly Jenkins. This novel was a "Free Friday's Nook Book" from Barnes and Noble, so I downloaded it. It is a cute story but totally unrealistic and everything turns out hunky dory - not my type of book. There are a few historical facts included but not enough to make it a historical fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I REALLY enjoyed this book. Finished it in 2 days! If you¿re looking for a moving story, you've found the perfect read. It's not dull or oversexed (don't get me wrong I love Zane and Noire) Warm hearted, laugh out loud kind of book. I have already order part 2 and 3.
Nookloverbarb More than 1 year ago
I had a difficult time putting this book down. The characters were incredibly well written and the story amazing! I can't wait to see what happens next.
Autumn1 More than 1 year ago
Although I find Beverly Jenkins is one of the best writers I have had the pleasure of reading, I hestitated before purchasing this book. The title didn't draw me in as with her other books. Since I had read everything else I could find with her name on it and trusted her storytelling abilities, I bought the book. It was a pleasure to read. Ms. Jenkin's writing style is so wonderful. The book was one of the best rainy day stories I have ever read. As with all of her books, I am sure I will read it many times.
Wanda Lipscomb More than 1 year ago
I agree there were some editing errors, but I found the storyline intriguing and really enjoyed the story-it made me laugh and cry. The ending seemed abrupt until I realized it was the first in a series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a 72 y/o white woman who grew up in the south where blacks and whites stayed in their own neighborhood so I didn't expect to love this book but it was free so I thought I would give it a chance. I loved every minute of it and hated when it ended. I want to know more about these people and their lives. I will look for more from this author. Thanks Free Friday for taking me out of my usual comfort zone and introducing me to another side of life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!it was great until the ending.It just ended!It left alot unfinished and I was so disapointed!!Great book but beware of the ending!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Bring On The Blessings" was a wonderful book. The characters were so funny and reminded you of family members. I truly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the sequel.
Angela Coleman More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It was hard to put it down. Wanted to see what was coming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this one, and learned a lot about the Exodusters in the process. Solid fiction with many positive messages. I think this would also make a great movie or mini-series!
quilterpeg More than 1 year ago
I found this book a few months ago and could not put it down. Ms. Jenkins writes characters you want to hang out with. I went on to buy the next ones in this series as well and still want more!! Great pic for BHM-love the way she weaves in the history most of us never heard before. All this love for Ms. Jenkins from a crazy reh-headed southern gal!
Luvmynookie More than 1 year ago
Very moving at times, really enjoyed this book.
hcbm More than 1 year ago
The premise of the book, is that Bernadine Brown caught her husband cheating, She is awarded 275 million in the divorce settlement. She has the philosophy that when much is given much is expected of you. There is a black township of Henry Adams that was founded by freed slaves. The failing town has been put up for auction on e bay and Ms. Browns buys it.
What follows is a heartwarming narrative of what it takes to be a community and that saying that it takes a village to raise a child. It is Bernadine dream to give homes to some foster children. The characters in the books have their foible's but as in real life they have a chance to grow. I highly recommend this book. It even has romance for us lovers of this genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. It makes you appreciate what you have and those in your life. You cry and laugh throughout the book. I'm reading another one of the books in the series.
DeeMarieRoman More than 1 year ago
There is another reviewer who indicated they thought this was a self-published book, which I did too. It is so poorly edited and the writing is so trite (and coarse in some parts), that I gave up. Could have been great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So glad Free Fridays are back! Thanks B&N! This book looks great!
PraiseTD More than 1 year ago
Minus a few spelling and grammar errors, this series has become one of my favorites. The story line is inspirational, imaginative, and positive. Considering all the garbage we hear about in today's society, it's refreshing to read this series even when it seems a bit over the top in reality. Kudos to Jenkins for thinking outside the box and giving readers like myself a chance to dream big. This was a book about love for others. Faith in God. The possibilities of goodness. The importance of family and the old adage that it takes a village to raise our children! It's also a book of history and comical moments. I enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a free selection and has been on my list to read for some time. I must admit, I didn't have high expectations with this one. This story was easy to read and instantly engaging. I had a difficult time putting this down. There were some continuity and editing errors that got in the way of the story at times, however, I still enjoyed every moment of this book. I have the next of the series on my wish list. This one is a great weekend read and would recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this as a "Free Friday" freebie, and I am really glad I didn't spend money on it. I agree with several other reviewers - I thought this was a first-time writer given a chance by B&N after self-publishing this book. I tired of the triteness of the story, and the constant reference to "Black" and "White". I capitalized those words because the author kept doing it, too, although I can't imagine why, except for the fact that I think she wanted to keep shoving the race issue in the reader's face. I am shocked that she keeps writing books that keep being published. The only thing a good editor might have done would be to keep this book from being published. Don't waste time or money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read series of four (so far!) books for strong women who want to make a difference in this world. This story has black historical significance that will have meaning to black and white women alike. The men, women, and children (mostly foster children) have well-developed characters. Never let anything that happens in this series take you by surprise because you will constantly laugh or have your heart turned inside out as you learn the stories of the people in this tiny town. JUST A TIP: In the beginning of this story the town is loaded down with debt until one of the richest black female benefactors comes along to change the town's face and even its goals for living around. I wish I could find 100 more series as meaningful as this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the charaters, they were strong and funny and I want to here more about their lives. The story it's self was a little far fetched and at many times unbelieveable. Adoption children from hard places is a challange and while the book attemped to address that, they missed the mark there. Overall it was a feel good story, not sure whether I would recommend it or not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting premise----however not too believable. Things moved way too quickly even if you do have 275 million dollars. For a free book..3 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to love this book. The story seemed promising but it's so poorly written that it left me wondering who did (or didn't) do the editing. It should have been a fun read. In reality it was a slow-moving, badly edited tale that made me regret paying attention in English class. "Bring on the Blessings" is a bonafide red pencil nightmare!