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Review: For Your Love by Beverly Jenkins
Monday July 6, 2015 at 12:00 am |

foryourlove-bjPublisher: HarperCollins
Published: April 28, 2015
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 295
Form: Paperback
Series: Blessings Series (6)
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NAACP nominee and bestselling author Beverly Jenkins returns to Henry Adams, Kansas–an unforgettable place anyone would want to call home–with a story of family, friends, and the powerful forces from our past that can irrevocably shape our future.

Mayor Trent July and his wife, Lily, are enjoying life as newlyweds and embracing the challenges and joys that come with being adoptive parents to two wonderful boys. But fatherhood has inevitably forced Trent to think about his own birth mother.  Raised by his grandmother Tamar–and, in many ways, the good people of Henry Adams–Trent was blessed with a childhood full of love.

But now he can’t help wondering what happened to the scared teenage girl who gave birth to him. And questions that he’s never voiced are now begging to be answered: Who was she? Is she still alive? Why didn’t she want him?

Trent has always believed that no good comes from dwelling on the past, especially when you have a loving family, a strong community, and folks who depend on you. But when the past comes to Henry Adams, Trent has no choice but to face it–and the woman who left him behind. The truth will shake his very being and everything he thought he knew about life, love, and the bonds that hold families together… but can also tear them apart.

My Thoughts

I don’t quite know how to describe my affection for the Blessings series by Beverly Jenkins, but I just love re-visiting Henry Adams and catching up with all its residents, old and new.  And the drama that goes down in this one small town reminds me so much of my childhood town that it’s scary!

Being an adoptive parent to two boys has both challenged and pleased Mayor Trent July.  But it has also made him wonder about his own birth mother and why she gave him up.  So when she arrives in Henry Adams after 45 years, Trent’s world is turned upside down, and old town secrets are revealed.

These novels just get better and better.  While Trent is trying to forge a bond with his new found mother, Bernadine is still dealing with her irresponsible sister and the crazy owner of the neighboring town, Franklin.  She is also busy settling in new residents Bobby, KiKi, and their baby twins, while trying to find a place for residents fleeing Franklin under the tyranny of Astrid Wiggins.  She has a lot on her plate, but with help from Trent and the rest of the community, she seems to handle it all with poise and grace.  I also was ecstatic to see her relationship with reformed playboy, Malachi July, deepen.

Between Trent and all of his family drama, Bernadine juggling all of the town problems, and the new residents settling in, For Your Love was an exciting and engaging installment.  I can’t wait to see what is next for Henry Adams and it’s residents.

About the Author


Beverly Jenkins is the author of thirty historical and contemporary novels, including five previous books in her beloved Blessings series. She has been featured in many national publications, including the Wall Street JournalPeople, the Dallas Morning News,Vibe, and many other publications.

Find out more about Beverly at her website and connect with her on Facebook.

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7 Responses to “Review: For Your Love by Beverly Jenkins”

  1. Rachel says:

    I haven’t read the other books in this series but after reading this one I want to. I really liked it.

  2. Lekeisha says:

    I see you are blazing through this series. So glad that you’re enjoying the characters and overall story. Usually, with series that have more than 4 books, one can get bored easily.

  3. I’m glad that you enjoyed coming back to this town and learning more about the character there. This sounds like a wonderful series!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  4. Jade says:

    Oh I love this series Rachel. The characters will having you laughing and crying.

  5. Jorie says:

    Hallo, Hallo! 🙂

    Making my way through the book blogosphere tonight whilst seeing who read this installment about life in Henry Adams and walked away with a happy glow of mirth after they put the book down! Appears that you were just as wicked happy for the readerly experience as I was and that warms my spirit!

    I don’t know about you but that Mayor Wiggins was ‘wigged out of her ever-loving mind!’ I felt she was named appropriately! lol As this was my first entrance into towne life, I felt Jenkins did a wicked stellar job at keeping all the characters vividly present in our minds and gently gave us a way to become acquainted with them without prior readings. Like you I’m wicked happy there is a seventh book!

    I’ll be going back through books 1-5 whilst re-reading FOR YOUR LOVE in plenty of time before the seventh volume arrives on shelves! I simply couldn’t believe my seredipity to find such a well-thought out small towne fiction series! It truly felt as comforting as going back home to visit your own bonefide family and the community in which you were raised!

    You had me curious – which aspects of Henry Adams reflected best your own towne? The drama stirring up in the background or just the quirky and eclectic heart of it’s residents?

    Drop by: Jorie’s Review

  6. Natalya says:

    I am a huge fan of Beverly Jenkins’ historical novels and for some reason have been hesitant to read her Blessings series. I have been avoiding it for some reason. After seeing this post and your last few ones, I will definitely have to give this a try!