Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: April 9, 2014
Series: A Blessing Novel (5)
Author: Beverly Jenkins| Facebook | Twitter
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Bestselling author Beverly Jenkins returns to the charming town of Henry Adams, Kansas, in this heartwarming story of family, friendship, and the surprises hidden in our lives
Henry Adams has had its fair share of drama ever since Bernadine Brown bought the town with her divorce settlement. Now, just when things are starting to settle down, it’s about to get crazy again. . . .
Cephas Patterson doesn’t just want to be left alone—if you dare step onto his property, he’ll meet you with a shotgun and a warning to stay away from his gold. He reminds Zoey of the lonely time she spent living on the streets, so she quietly begins leaving him small offerings. But then Cephas dies and leaves a saddlebag of gold—to Zoey.
And that’s not all. Zoey’s parents are going through a trial separation; her former BFF, Devon, is giving her fits; and her friend Crystal has run away from home. Then there’s Bernadine’s mean-spirited baby sister, who has arrived unexpectedly, and an ongoing battle with a neighboring town that’s about to heat up.
Will Henry Adams ever be the same again?
Whatever it was I found lacking in A Wish and a Prayer was more than made up for with Jenkins’ 5th installment in the Blessings series, Heart of Gold. I could not put this one down.While the main focus of this novel is adopted 10 year old Zoey and her family drama, we also get a glimpse into the lives of the rest of the residents as well as some new characters.
Zoey seems to be having a hard time of it in this book. She gets into trouble after disobeying her parents, and gets into a bone breaking bike accident after visiting the town’s grouchiest resident. Her so called best friend has been acting like a world class jerk to her and everyone else, and her parents aren’t getting along and want to separate. Despite all the turmoil, Zoey still finds herself very blessed. She meets a new boy that she likes a lot, inherits a bag of real gold from the town hermit, and stumbles upon some extended family she never thought she’d know.
As for the rest of the residents, Bernadine is dealing with her entitled and hateful baby sister, her daughter running away from home, and the mayhem caused by the Mayor and his wife from the neighboring town of Franklin.
With all the shenanigans going down in this book, I just couldn’t put it down. Heart of Gold left me feeling optimistic and fulfilled, and definitely had me looking forward to the next installment.
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