The citizens of Henry Adams are starting to take bets—will Lily Fontaine and Trent July finally tie the knot?
All they want is a nice, simple wedding, but their well-meaning neighbors are turning the no-fuss affair into the event of the decade. Bernadine, the town’s fairy godmother, wants Lily to have a storybook wedding fit for a princess, and Lily’s nine-year-old foster son is campaigning to be town preacher so he can officiate at the ceremony. Trouble multiplies when Trent is called on to help a new family move to town, not to mention Lily and Trent’s task of blending their families together.
With the bustle of the tight-knit, and often tightly wound, friends and family pushing them to the breaking point, the couple begins to wish they’d eloped. But, as they’ll soon be reminded, happiness in Henry Adams is meant to be shared.
Something Old, Something New finds us back in modern day Henry Adams, newly renovated and amongst a community of adopted kids. All of the adopted children seem to be settling into their new lives with their new parents except Devon. Always quiet and polite, Devon is an anomoly in that he’s only nine-years old but considered a preacher in the town he came from. Angling to become his new town’s preacher and marry his adoptive mother Lily, to Trent July, Devon shows another side to himself when he doesn’t get his way.
I like to think of this book as comfortable and cozy. I loved revisiting the people of Henry Adams and getting to know them all over again. The journey through Something Old, Something New produced a myriad of emotions and I loved every second of it. This novel seemed to focus less on Bernadine and what she could bestow on others, and more on the everyday blessings people make and create on their own. While I can appreciate Bernadine and what she did for the town of Henry Adams, I was happy to see that the book was less dependant on her wealth, and more dependant upon the love and friendship shared throughout the people of Henry Adams.
Devon’s story was heartbreaking. As the only foster child who comes from a loving home, we get to peek into his world and understand that adjusting to his new life is a lot harder for him than he first let on. Consumed with wanting to preach, Devon begins acting out and tries to use scripture to manipulate Lily to get his own way. I appreciate Lily because while she was understanding, she was not about tolerating his bad behavior. And with help from her betrothed, Trent July, they eventually get to the heart of the matter.
In this book we also get some answers that were left for us in the previous novels. It is also filled with fights, celebrations, newfound friends, and a search for birth parents. While most of the book is focused on the relationship between Lily and Trent, we do get a good glimpse into the lives of all the other adopted kids, and many of the original inhabitants of Henry Adams. But like the novels before, we are left wanting more and with many other unanswered questions. The author leaves some issues unresolved, effectively leaving it open for a follow-up book.
Something Old, Something New is appropriately titled in that Trent and Lily were high school sweethearts who eventually found their way back to each other. This novel is filled with colorful characters, amusing stories, and an atmosphere of love and friendship. While many moments were quite laden with mushiness and cheese, I loved every second of it and was just what I needed to read at the time. So if you’re looking for a great feel-good book I suggest you pick up Beverly Jenkins’ Blessings novels immediatley!
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