BRING ON THE BLESSINGS
History is the foundation for all of Jenkins' works, and the beauty here
is how she weaves in the threads of
her previous storylines and reintroduces us to the families we've come to love. The interaction between the children and the old-timers is priceless, and
it wouldn't be surprising to see future tales about Crystal, Amari, Preston and the rest of the kids. Welcome back to Henry Adams, Kan., and meet the newest generation of the July family!
Socialite Bernadine Brown is looking for a chance to share the wealth she gained from her divorce settlement. A trained social worker, she feels the need to pay it forward and finds the town of Henry Adams in need of her largesse.
The town, founded by former slaves, has fallen on hard times and puts itself up for sale on the Internet. Bernadine is looking for a means to help foster children find permanent homes, and this could be the perfect solution. The town's mayor, Trenton July, works with her to fulfill her dream, but they have some enemies to contend with. (AVON A, Feb., 384 pp., $13.95)