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Topaz (Avon Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 17 Apr 1998

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (17 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380786605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380786602
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.7 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,563,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I really loved this book. Dixon Wild horse was something else. Beverly Jenkins has the uncanny ability to incorporate American/African American History into some of the most outrageous plots and thus create a historical but often witty love story. Unlike her other books such as 'Night Song' and 'Indigo', which were anchored in pre-Civil War or post-Civil War African American history, 'Topaz' opens with a reporter breaking into her fiancé's safe in order to retrieve evidence of his wrong doings. Of course she is caught, dressed as a man and the fiancé plays the ever more deceitful ogre that he is. But then along comes Dixon Wild horse, her Black Knight in silky dark brown muscled armor. Of course, she's grateful for the rescue until she discovers she's promised in marriage to Mr. Wild horse in order to save her father from a federal prison sentence. And thus begins to fight, the humor and the romance.

Dix and Katherine are such a wonderful, exciting couple. How can anyone not fall in love with Dix? He is everything a woman wants in a man. Katherine is great too. She is ambitious, independent, and beautiful. This book combined all of my interests in westerns, mysteries, black history, and romance. Kate Love's independence and sharp wit was wonderfully tempered by the magnanimous Marshall Dix Wild horse. "Topaz" reminds me of "The Taming of the Shrew", but with more sass and flare. I laughed out loud, cried at times, and turned each page with my breath bated in anticipation. I learned so much about the lesser-known people of the western frontier of the late 1800's. Beverly Jenkins is truly a scholar and a gifted storyteller. There are even historical references at the back as well. I would recommend this to any reader!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Beverly Jenkins has done it again! This book was terrific! As always she captures love, passion and adventure all in one great story. This book has the stubborness and solice attitude that many women need to have today. Dix had all the courage and will of the "Black Men" of his time. Not to many people knew of black Marshal's, and thanks to Mrs Jenkins we know. Dix showed Katherine how much passion could embrace your heart. Instead he fell in love to! Thank You Mrs. Jenkins for this wonderful book. Maybe for the fifth book Beverly could add the characters form all four books and have them come together. Since in this book Chase and Dix know each other how about making them all be friends and help each other, with full detailed passion feeled adventures! How about it? Remeber to dedicate this 5th (Best Seller)to me! I truly admire you as a woman and a great story teller. You bring all my fantasies into one adventure.....
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Beverly Jenkins has done it again! This book was terrific! As always she captures love, passion and adventure all in one great story. This book has the stubborness and solice attitude that many women need to have today. Dix had all the courage and will of the "Black Men" of his time. Not to many people knew of black Marshal's, and thanks to Mrs Jenkins we know. Dix showed Katherine how much passion could embrace your heart. Instead he fell in love to! Thank You Mrs. Jenkins for this wonderful book. I truly admire you as a woman and a great story teller. You bring all my fantasies into one adventure.....
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Nice book, as always Beverly Jenkins doesn't dissappoint.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x930f86e4) out of 5 stars 120 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x932fc7c8) out of 5 stars Chica, you will LOVE this book!!!! 17 May 2005
By Sunnie B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I actually read this book a while ago, but forgot to put in my two cents... It was wonderful!! Dixon Wildhorse is right up there with Chase Jefferson as my favorite leading man in Beverly Jenkins books. Before this book, I didn't know that Black Seminoles existed. What a great way to educate us about them and tell a riveting story at the same time.

Kate Love is headstrong and resistant in the beginning, but Dix slowly wins her over. I liked the fact that she is a reporter in the 1800's. Of course she had to sign some of her work as a man, but those were the times. My favorite scenes, "count for me chica" and "riding out the storm (in the tent and on their porch)".

This book is tied directly to Always and Forever -- a move that only Ms. Jenkins could pull off and keep both plots moving and flowing. A must read for all Beverly Jenkins fans.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By B. J. Woodbury - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well I first have to give a very special group on The Color of Love Forum my thanks for getting me started on the journey of reading Beverly Jenkins books. A special sorority sister of mine actually mailed her copy to me to read. Boy am I glad she thought enough of me to do just that, because Topaz was one great book that I truly enjoyed reading.
I had not taken the leap into the historical romances but its something about the way Ms Jenkins uses her skill to tell these stories, you get pulled in like a magnet and cannot stop reading until you've finished.
Well, Marshall Dixon, "Dix" Wildhorse is some kind of man who comes from a strong heritage of Black Seminoles winds us marrying Katherine, "Kate, Love. The relationship journeys through some ups and downs but has such a spark of some sizzling love scenes in the 1800's WOW! If I say more, I'll end up giving the story away and that is not allowed on this site.
But just take my word folks, because this historical romance is not what you've been led to believe. It's more like the history of blacks during these times and Ms Jenkins is an excellent author in presenting this story about Dix and Kate. I strongly feel if she was our history teacher, she would make taking black history such an enjoyment that we would all earn passing grades.
Well, I have been given my next Jenkins book to read and that's Vivid. Thank you Beverly Jenkins for an outstanding book, and I kept my promise I made to you in Dallas that I would start reading your books. What a joy it has been!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x935dc414) out of 5 stars The Long Awaited "Topaz!" 14 Dec. 2000
By missnikki7 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Is Jenkins the best historical romance novelist of all times or what!! Well she is in my book. I loved Topaz. This novel was very rich in Black Seminole and African American history,"American History." The characters in this one are truly unforgettable. Dixon Wildhorse was a man after my own heart. I reall don't blame Kate Love for falling in love with Dix even though the circumstances would suggest her dislike for him. I loved the way their love developed for each other over time. Even more Jenkins once again created characters that will be remembered for a long time to come. It is one thing to have a great romance in a book, but when you add great history, great characters, and a great connection of all those things, the novel is truly in a class all by itself. That ladies and gentlemen, can also be said about the author of that great novel. Love you work, you, Beverly Jenkins, are truly in a class by yourself!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95a14190) out of 5 stars A Wildhorse and a "little safe robber" 3 May 2000
By Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This story was really facinating to me because it taught me some things I never knew about. For instance, Dixon Wildhorse being a lawman and Katherine Love being a journalist. I was so glad to find out that we held some of the most important jobs even back then. I know this story was fiction, but you know if Beverly Jenkins wrote it, it was very thoroughly researched. I'm sure it has some elements that are based on actual facts. I was really impressed with the way Beverly Jenkins brought this story to life. The story itself was great, but the romance between these two strong willed people was awesome. It was wonderful how Dixon took the time to court Katherine and got to know her before he made her his. I loved the way their relationship developed and they got to be friends as well as lovers. I love all of Beverly Jenkins books, but this one is one of my favorites. I've read it about 4-5 times, but then again, I've read all of Ms. Jenkins books a number of times. I can hardly wait for the next one to come out. Please hurry Beverly (smile).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x936a6c9c) out of 5 stars excellent romance novel 15 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first book I read by Beverly Jenkins and I thought it was absolutely excellent. The characters of Catherine Love and Marshall Dixon Wildhorse are believable. Dixon is a very honorable and forceful, and soooo romantic. I couldn't stop reading until I finished it. I also read Night Song by the same author and really enjoyed it.
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