Anyone worried that living in a small town could be boring certainly hasn’t lived in Henry Adams, Kansas. From the wealthy divorcée who saved this historic town founded by freed slaves to the romantic entanglements that have set tongues wagging and hearts fluttering (and everything in between), there’s plenty to keep the lovably eccentric townsfolk busy.
Preston Miles is happy living with his foster parents, but an e-mail from his maternal grandmother is about to change all that. . . . Riley Curry, the former town mayor, is convinced his pet hog, Cletus, acted in self-defense when he sat on—and killed—a man. Now Riley just has to prove it in a court of law. . . . And as for Rocky, she has already had a lifetime of hurt. Will she risk opening her heart—and her life—to Jack?
Warm, funny, poignant, and unforgettable, Beverly Jenkins’s latest excursion to Henry Adams is a true delight—a welcome return to a place that always feels like home.
A Wish and a Prayer is the fourth novel in Beverly Jenkins’ Blessings series, and while I did eventually end up enjoying this book, it wasn’t as entertaining as the previous ones in the series.
This book let’s us catch up with all the residents we know, love, and hate in the small town of Henry Adams, Kansas, but the major focus of the book is on adopted brain child Preston Miles. While Preston is happy and adjusting to life with his adoptive parents, he still longs for answers and a possible relationship with his birth parents. But when his maternal Grandmother reaches out, Preston must prepare himself for a bit of heartbreak.
Poor Preston. I can’t imagine not knowing who my parents are and pining to understand why they would give me up. But despite this, there are a lot of great things happening for Preston. He is building a better and stronger relationship with his Dad, despite the rockiness of the past. Also, he has friends that are super supportive, and he even has some success with the ladies.
While Preston is finding his way, former Mayor Riley and his deadly pig Cletus are still causing mischief and mayhem. Mayor Wiggins of nearby Franklin is taking every opportunity to be a thorn in Bernadine’s side, and Rocky and Jack are finally finding their way with a budding relationship.
Still full of cheese, and while not as great as the previous books, A Wish and a Prayer is still a very worthy read.
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