Destiny's Surrender (Destiny Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – 24 Sep 2013
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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)
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.
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.Read more ›
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 (beta)
From the very first word on the page I was hooked and could not put the book down.
I finished the book in one sitting from 1030 pm until 0230 that morning.
Educational, Inspiring, Historical, and did I mention Sizzling Hot!
You got to read this book!
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.