Book review: Destiny’s Embrace by Beverly Jenkins

Destiny's EmbraceDestiny’s Embrace by Beverly Jenkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first Beverly Jenkins, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Set in California among ranchers; a Philadelphia girl takes a chance to start over out West. Sex scenes are sweet rather than scorching, but nicely done in general.

I am a sucker for certain tropes. If you like any of the following:

Couples sassing one another and bickering.
Heroine who opens the book by saying ENOUGH to a frankly abusive situation, gets out, finds help, and essentially learning to remake herself on a long train ride.
Couples who slowly learn about each other as people while trying desperately to keep their hands off one another.
Family (on one side) is FUNCTIONAL and well thought out. The non-functional/toxic side get appropriately handled.
Emphasis on family of choice.
Emphasis on the importance of community.
Comedic yet loving mothers-in-law.

Then give this one a go. Very satisfying indeed.

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About Lynne M. Thomas

Lynne M. Thomas is a nine time Hugo Award winning editor and podcaster. In her day job, she is Head of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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