It’s 1876 and Dr.Viveca Lancaster is frustrated by the limits placed upon female physicians of color. When she is offered the chance to set up a practice in the small all Black community of Grayson Grove, Michigan she leaves her California home and heads east. The very determined Viveca is one of the few nineteenth century Black women to graduate from the prestigious Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania but she needs more than determination to face down handsome Nate Grayson, the Grove’s bull-headed mayor.
Nate Grayson goes to the train station expecting Dr. V. Lancaster to be a man. When the lovely dark-skinned Viveca introduces herself he is speechless, then wants her back on the train and out of his town. It’s 1876 and women aren’t supposed to be doctors, men are. However he isn’t prepared for her stubbornness and fire, nor for the vivid way she heals, then steals his heart.
Beverly Jenkins has a very special way of drawing a reader so far into her fictional world that they begin to feel and believe they are a part of it. In Vivid, we get the story of Dr. Viveca Lancaster, a black woman doctor of the 1800’s. As you can imagine women doctors are unheard of so when Vivid shows up in Grayson Grove as a result of a contract signed between her and the mayor’s Aunt, the welcome, or unwelcome, she receives is surprising. Once Neil Grayson discovers his aunt hired a woman to be the new Grayson Grove doctor, he is against the idea, but Vivid’s confidence and determination convinces him to at least give her a trial.
I have to admit that it took a little while for me to feel the chemistry between Vivid and Nate. I loved Vivid from the start though. She is so determined and spunky you can’t help but love her. I love that she lives life by her own rules and will work exceptionally hard for what she wants, and those she loves. Nate on the other hand was a bit of a mystery at first. A bit quiet and reserved despite having a steadfast Aunt and rambunctious daughter.
But once they began understanding each other I saw things heat up between the two and was not disappointed. In Vivid, Jenkins creates a very charming town and community, and made me feel as if I were part of the family. I love the coziness of the story, and felt as if I’d lived in Grayson Grove all my life.
Full of lovable characters, a bit of action, and interesting history, Vivid keeps the reader fully engaged and wanting more. I adore Beverly Jenkins’ historical novels and would recommend this book to anyone who is into historical romance.
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