Topaz (Avon Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 17 Apr 1998
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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 There are even historical references at the back as well.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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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.
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!