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Bring on the Blessings

Bring on the Blessings [Kindle Edition]

Beverly Jenkins
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 287 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061688401
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Original edition (6 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLKTG0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #584,544 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 22 April 2013
By Lexus L
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Good story from the start to end, very good characters Bernadine is a lady who knows what she wants. Couldn't put it down!
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Bernadine Brown put her life on hold for her husband an oil executive. Then one day she walks in his office and finds him doing more than dictation with his secretary. Not the kind of woman to fall apart, she hires a top notch divorce lawyer and ends up with $275 million. Being a former social worker and a christian, she wants to do good with the money. So when she sees a historic black founded town; present day 'Henry Adams' from from the novels,'Vivid' and 'Jewel' she buys the town from ebay. The town is failing, young people have left to find work and excitement and they need cash and the injection of new blood.

The mayor, Trent July is delighted with the plans that Bernadine has to bring life to the town, but she has detractors. While the romance is relagated to Trent and his former love who dropped him like a hot potatoe when she left town to go to college 15 years before; there is plenty of laughs, drama and sweetness. Bernadine has a plan to bring foster parents and children to the town and to raise them as a community. The children, a young girl Crystal,abandoned by a drug addict mother; Amari a 12 year old car thief; seven year old Zoey who was found in a carboard box near the dead body of her mother covered in rat bites and Devon who raised by his grandmother and wants to take up the vacancy for town preacher; and Preston the firestarter. The children will have you taking turns to wipe tears of laughter and sadness from your eyes, while you read this. I wasn't sure what to make of a non-romance novel from Ms Jenkins but her talent for storytelling remains undiminished.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Having Enough Blessings To Go Around 29 Jan 2009
By Priscilla C. Johnson - Published on
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Beverly Jenkins, who is best known for her historical and contemporary romance novels, brings readers yet another story to fall in love with. Bring On The Blessings is the story of Bernadine E. Brown and the blessings she brought to Henry Adams, Kansas. The town was in desperate need of money and they had no clue how to raise the money. Trenton July, the Mayor, decided to put the town up for sale on eBay. After all, it was worth a try. Bernadine was blessed with money, good looks and smarts. She decided to put her money to good use and purchase the town.

When she arrived in Henry Adams, Bernadine was not prepared for the warm welcome she received. However, underneath the warm smiles and gestures, everyone wanted to know what she intended to do. First, she brought in contractors to restore and rebuild. After all, they could not let one of the country's oldest all-Black towns disappear. Second, she had to sell them on her idea of bringing in foster children to raise and love. Not just any foster children; there was an eight-year old pastor, an eleven-year old car theft, a fourteen-year old fly-girl, an overweight genius, and a ten-year old mute.

Beverly Jenkins has written a story like none I have ever read before. Bernadine was confident and determined to bring love to a group of unwanted children. She wanted to restore a piece of history. Like all of Jenkins novel, she revisits favorite characters from her historical novels, the July Family, and the history her fans crave. Jenkins brings a cast of new characters that are funny, loving and admirable. Even though it was not her typical romance novel, I dove into the novel and cheered and cried with each blessing that was brought to this town. She also left room for sequels, which I am sure her fans will surely want after reading this novel. Jenkins proved that there is more to her than just romance.

Reviewed by: Priscilla C. Johnson
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a blessing! 11 Feb 2009
By Victoria Wells - Published on
Bring on the Blessings was such an enjoyable read. I could not put this book down. All of the characters were very likable...well except Cletus, Riley and the crooked banker. I found Bernadine to be a very strong, loving, yet no nonsense woman. Her dedication to breathing life into the small Kansas town, providing for its citizens and a group of foster children with some serious issues was heartwarming. I did not want this story to end. If your looking to be thoroughly entertained do not pass up your blessing...Bring on the Blessings is waiting for you.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Was Blown Away 6 Mar 2009
By Jcsweetness - Published on
I'm a big fan of Beverly Jenkins books and I was taken back when I realize this wasn't like her other books. But this was better. I enjoy the book and I could hardly wait to get home and finish reading it. I'm sad that I finished the book but it was good and I just loved how funny it was with the judge falling and knocking himself out. I couldn't stop laughing. But to anyone who buys this book. It's good and you will enjoy it.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Community , Love , Family 29 Jan 2009
By Ms.Harriet M. - Published on
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 the saying that it takes a village to raise a child is true.

It is Bernadine dream to give homes to some foster children and she chose this town to be the focal point.

The characters in the books have their foible's but as in real life they have a chance to be nurtured and grow.

I highly recommend this book. It even has a bit romance for us lovers of this genre.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bring On The Sequel 18 Jun 2010
By Ms. 90 - Published on
A lovely little story about Bernadine - a woman who receives a great deal of money in a divorce settlement, who then decides to purchase a town that is being sold on ebay. The town and its few remaining inhabitants will, in turn, provide stability and a safe haven for some foster children who have been through some tough times.

This story was a pleasure to read. Some of the passages literally had me in tears. I was a little disappointed with the ending and the episode with Riley and Cletus was a bit far-fetched. This was just enough to whet my appetite and hope for a sequel. Get it from the library.
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