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Destiny's Surrender Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Feb 2014
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“Beverly Jenkins has reached romance superstardom .” (Detroit Free Press)
“Her stories are delicious and always leave behind both feelings of satisfaction and want...for her next novel.” (Fresh Fiction)
“Jenkins’s sassy heroines, well drawn secondary characters and seamless incorporation of black history result in a fresh, winning historical.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Pure delight.” (Booklist)
“Jenkins is a gifted storyteller who knows how to bring special spark and sass to romance.” (Romantic Times BOOKclub)
“Each book by Jenkins is better than the last.” (Romantic Times BOOKclub) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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.--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
The bordello in the 'Barbary Coast' district is run by a Creole lady, who provides girls of colour to the prominent citizens. Billie finds herself expecting, and doesn't know who the father is. She's determined to have the baby and give it to her madam to sell for adoption. She has some leeway but girls can be found floating in the Bay if they give trouble, so she has to knuckle down to wash laundry, and go to live with a midwife near the whale oil rendering plant.
Drew meanwhile has been off visiting fine old Spanish families. His family is a Spanish-American blend, this being the easiest way to prove ownership of their land, Destiny Ranch, and he's under pressure from his mother Senora Alanza to marry. He meets Rosaline at a ball. Senora Ruiz will allow him to court her daughter for a year, under the strict eye of a duenna, before an engagement. He's looked for Billie, but nobody will tell him where she is....
Perennial double standards mean that a man can walk in and out of brothels. The contrast with Spanish society in this multicultural story delves into the history of that part of the world very well, as any lawyers who were not white were being disbarred and Spanish land claims ignored. I also liked the easy writing style and identification with the characters. The midwife is also a root woman, securing herself a place in local society. Senora Alanza is utterly sure of what is right and determined to see it done. Overall the women are far more impressive than the men in Beverly Jenkins's action-packed romance, and I expect she enjoyed writing it.
The biggest issue with this book is that it does nothing new in the genre. I felt like it was a little too predictable and it wasn't hard to see how this was all going to end. I still enjoyed it despite that because it is a story line I have not read in a while and because I liked the tone of the authors writing. I thought Beverly Jenkins world building was strong and I had no problem getting lost in these pages and despite knowing what was coming I found this hard to put down.
I really enjoyed the characters. Billie was a great character and there was little I disliked about her. She was a great mother and was brave and smart. I liked Drew a little less and at first struggled with him but he soon grew on me.
The romance was sweet but most of the chemistry was developed before this book began which was a shame.
Destiny's Surrender wasn't perfect but I really did enjoy it and though it was a good historical romance.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
Billie is a whore and a total bad-a$$, and she's apologizing for neither. Love that she's an emotionally strong person, not just a sexy heroine. She gets herself into trouble by doing two things: falling in love with a client, and deciding to keep the child she's pregnant with, instead of aborting, though there's no guarantee it belongs to her favorite client.
There were some things about this book I didn't love: use of literary cliches throughout, but mostly, that Drew was a weak hero. *spoiler alert* He was marrying Rosa because Mama wanted him to, and when that blew up, he married Billie against his own inclinations, he accepted being virtually disbarred because of his color, and then in the end... ugh! You know a serious bad guy is after your wife and child, dontcha think you might want to keep a guard on them? Also, I thought it unrealistic that the baddie would leave Mariah and her daughter totally unmolested when he'd otherwise stopped at nothing to destroy those who previously got in his way, down to Emmaline's maid?
I did like the way the storyline didn't follow "normal" romance storylines, with the hero falling in love after the marriage, and the way Billie did not let Drew off the hook with his parenting responsibilities. Loved Alanza and her fierce defense of her family, and the B-romance with her and Max.
Again Mrs. Jenkins wove an outstanding, enjoyable and hilarious story. She did an excellent job with the character development of Andrew and Billie. Billie was a feisty, determined woman who led a shady life but through perseverance, she was determined to ensure her child's safety even to leaving her child with the one man she truly loved. Once she recognized her feelings she set out to prove herself worth of Andrew's love. There were some hilarious scenes in this book as well as scenes that will have you rooting for this couple. The storyline flowed and was befitting of historical times. I truly enjoyed this story as well as the series so far. I cannot wait for next Yates son.
Deborah A. Fortner
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