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Bring on the Blessings (Blessings #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,852 ratings  ·  305 reviews
On Bernadine Brown's fifty-second birthday she received an unexpected gift—she caught her husband, Leo, cheating with his secretary. She was hurt—angry, too—but she didn't cry woe is me. Nope, she hired herself a top-notch lawyer and ended up with a cool $275 million. Having been raised in the church, she knew that when much is given much is expected, so she asked God to s ...more
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Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 27th 2009)
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Well, I do have to admit that at first I had a hard time putting this book down. It's because I am a social worker and I was really excited to see how the author managed the characters she'd created.

Then I had a hard time putting it down because I just couldn't believe that the book wasn't getting good anywhere. The elements were all there: Millionare divorcee buys a historical african-american community to revamp it and use it as a treatment site for especially troubled foster kids.

What's not
Nandi Crawford
I really liked this character why? because she didn't go off on her husband, just got the goods on him, calmly and took him to court and got what she was entitled to. After travelling, she decided to settle down and buy a town in disrepair as well as bring children who have been in foster care and bring them into the town after reading about a similar situation in Illinois. Of course, the folks are expecting a white woman to come, but after seeing a sister, they warm up to her a bit, and then ju ...more
Maybe 2.5 stars? This was the March selection for my bookclub. Bernadine is a 52 year old woman who divorces her husband after catching him cheating. The divorces leaves her very wealthy. She buys a struggling historical African American town in Kansas and decides to use the town to rescue some difficult foster kids.

Premise seemed interesting enough but the book was way too light for the subject matter it was trying to address. The few problems that arose were too easily solved with Bernadine's
I was hoping to like this book more than I actually did.

Woman catches husband cheating on her & wins big in the divorce settlement. She buys a failing midwestern town and populates it with foster children and their new foster parents.
The premise was good, but overall, it was a big letdown.

While I liked all the characters, every single one of them was one dimensional and I eventually lost interest in all of them. Every troublesome situation encountered throughout the book was quickly and e
Beverly Jenkins, best known for steamy African American historical romances, goes contemporary with this sweet,life-affirming story. Wealthy black divorcee Bernadine Brown hears 2 news story that awaken her philanthropic impulses: a historic African American town in Kansas is about to go bankrupt, and a clutch of hard luck foster children are in desperate need of homes. Deciding to rescue 2 birds with one trust fund, Bernadine buys the town, rebuilds it, and then imports 5 hand-picked foster kid ...more
It's hard to say you didn't like a book with such an inspiring premise, but I just could not get into this book. I picked it up on free Friday for my Nook, hoping that it would give me the chance to read something I might otherwise pass by yet ultimately find enjoyable. Unfortunately, this wasn't one of those books.

The story itself is inspiring. A woman walks in on her husband with the secretary, divorces him, gets millions, and decides to buy a historical town in which to raise troubled foster
After Bernadine's divorce settlement, she is a rich woman. But she wants to do something with that money besides sit back and count it all. She decides to use it to help others. So she buys a whole town on the internet and starts setting it up as a community that will help foster children.

The children arrive, and what a mixed lot they are. One is a chronic runaway; one is a serial car thief, one just burned down his foster mother's house, plus two more little ones with their full share of troubl
Rose Ann
A feel good, warm hearted story. 3.5 stars (could be 4....waiting to see how the second is)
I won the 3rd, in this series as a First Reads giveaway, and decided I needed to read the first and second books first.
I really enjoyed it, although I did have a couple of small issues...

(Not necessarily spoilers, but my thoughts on parts of the book)

Sometimes I felt like Bernadine was flaunting all that money...
For instance...this excerpt irritated me...

“Yep, and my parents didn’t have the money to buy fa
Rhea Alexis Banks
Great Book!!

This story takes you on the journey the revolves around a woman that is grateful for her blessings, named the end a marriage that stifled her blooming in the area of helping children and the windfall that resulted. Bernadine E. Brown started another book of life determined to bring dreams she dispensed with during her marriage by sharing her blessings with them with others, named five children whom needed homes, family, direction and love.

She does this while saving a financially star
Mar 25, 2012 Dianna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Dianna by: Goodreads
Shelves: fiction, inzpirationa
This is a great book. It's a story of second chances. When Bernadine Brown divorced her philandering husband she became a very rich millionaire many times over. While reading the paper she saw a story of a town that joined retired people with children who had no parents. She later read another story of a town that was for sale.

This is the beginning of a wonderful journey for Bernadine, children in foster care, and a dying town.

A brief synopsis is given for each child involved in this story. It
Wendy Hall
I did not care for this book. It was just so unrealistic it made the story seem silly. For this one woman to have an unending supply of money and for her to revamp the town in weeks/months just seemed so far-fetched. Then the fostering that was displayed was ridiculous. They “picked” kids from around the country, choose two outside families, and then flew around the country on a private jet picking them up. They still needed a few more families, so two people literally volunteered and with one s ...more
Jessica Krall
Something about this year has me checking out new authors! Again first book by this the idea of the storyline. I guess because I'm divorced as well and am always seeking to do more for others...middle aged, independent and strong woman, divorced and wants to create a place where foster kids can feel like they're part of a community with caring parents. It's a great book about relationships between friends, understanding and appreciating the older generations and how they love kids. ...more
Loved this book! The whole time I was reading it I could see it playing out like a Hallmark or Lifetime movie! Looking forward to the sequel!
Danielle Flanagan
A little too simple. I need more "meat on the bone". Is there such a thing as "too light of a read"?
This was a kindle freebie, so after reading a brief description of the story, I grabbed it. I'm an adoptive mom & stories about foster care/adoption appeal to me.

I'd give this 3 stars if the editing had been better, but there were a few instances when the wrong character's name appeared in a scene, causing momentary confusion. Hopefully the print edition fared better.

Despite the serious subject matter, Jenkins handles the story with a lot of humor & heart, making it a light, easy read.
Mona Grant-Holmes
What would you do with 275 million dollars? That was the question Bernadine Brown had to answer after divorcing her husband of thirty plus years. After asking God to send her a purpose for this money, she purchases the small, historical, black town of Henry Adams, Kansas. Henry Adams was founded by freed slaves in the 1880's and was financially depleted. It's current mayor, Trent July, placed the town on E-bay, hoping for a financial save. Enters Bernadine Brown. Not only does Bernadine want to ...more
What a sweet book about love, faith, children, money and a big fat pig! Seems the hero got a bunch, a whole bunch, of money in a divorce at the age of 54. She spent some of her money, made some more and then returned to her social work roots and bought a town. She then build homes for, found children to be fostered, found parents to foster them, and rebuilt the faith of the townspeople. The protagonist is the owner of a big fat pig. The big fat pig makes me laugh since he's all dolled up in an a ...more
I downloaded this book for free from the Kindle bookstore. I have read other Beverly Jenkins books, but they were romantic suspense books (The Edge of Midnight, The Edge of Dawn, and Black Lace).

In this book, Bernadine is a divorcee with millions that she won from her divorce. She decides to use the money to save a struggling small black town and to help foster children.

The story sounded like a good one, and I was hopeful when reading. The book was a quick, easy read. Some of the characters ar
Katrina Burchett
After coming into a large amount of money - $275 million dollars, to be exact - Bernadine Edwards Brown wanted to do something good. She found out about Henry Adams, Kansas, a town with boarded up and abandoned storefronts sliding into debt and foreclosure, and she bought it so she could rebuild it.
There are lots of things a person could do with millions of dollars and Bernadine chose to help others. I applaud her; especially because she reached out to foster children in need of love and safe h
Lis Carey
On her fifty-second birthday, Bernadine Brown catches her husband cheating with his secretary. This frees her from a marriage that has become dead, and with the help of a good lawyer, she gets out with $275 million. Free to do anything she wants, she spends some time indulging herself, but also looking for a purpose--because to whom much is given, from them much is expected. In time, she finds one--the town of Henry Adams, an historic all-black town in Kansas, founded by members of the Black Exo ...more
I’ve never read a Beverly Jenkins book before; never heard of her, in fact, but I got “Bring on the Blessings” as a special Nook Book deal several months ago. I started reading it Saturday morning, figuring to read a few chapters, do my chores and get back to it later. I finished it at 3:30 PM, and none of my chores got done. It was an enjoyable read, inspirational and heart-warming, with a fascinating dollop of Black history thrown in, and some very nice comedic elements. I liked that most of t ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I actually read the third book first and found out there
were two others! This book is about Bernadine Brown. She caught her husband cheating, but didn't make a big fuss about it. She just hired a top notch lawyer and got millions in the divorce settlement and lots of property. She knows that with
that much money she was blessed with, she has to give back. So she decides to buy a
town, and create a loving, nurturing environment by bringing in foster children.

I thought bu
This book was a free e-book download. I never read any of Beverly's books before. Before I purchase and read any books, I research the author. Before, I downloaded this free e-book, I revisited this author and the type of books she writes as I can recall that her genre of books did not interest me. Since this was free e-book and the synopsis is different from what Ms. Jenkins normally writes about, I decided to give the book a read.

Guess what! I enjoyed the book. It was very humbling what the ma

Author: Beverly Jenkins
Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Series # 1
Rating: 5


"Bring on the Blessings" by Beverly Jenkins was very uplighting and engaging that turned out to be a quick, easy read. You will be presented with a vaiety of emotions from laughing and even tearing up somewhat as I read though this novel. I found "Bring on the Blessings" a moving novel about Bernadine Brown, who was a divorcee that became a multi-millionaire due
I found myself drawn into this story about an Oprah-like benefactor rescuing a town that was being sold on E-bay to revitalize it into being a community for foster kids and their foster parents. The basis of this book came from a real-life article - "A Place Called Hope" featured in the July 7, 2002 issue of Parade magazine. It read as almost too-good-to-be-true, but I liked this feel-good story and its cast of characters. It earned its 5 stars because I really liked the story and at one point, ...more
This is a good, light summer read. Bernadine finds her husband cheating with his secretary, divorces him and ends up with $275 million. After a year or two of splurging on herself, she decides that God has a higher purpose for her. Two incidents inspire her: (1) She finds one of the last surviving townships founded by freed slaves after the Civil War for sale on the Internet and (2) She sees and article in the newspaper about a community set up specifically for foster children and their families ...more
Bernadine Brown was the first wife of a man who made millions, only to cheat on her with his secretary. Bernadine walked out of the marriage with half his money and never looked back. As a single, wealthy woman with a Master's degree in social work, she can't help but feel compelled to do something more with her money. When she sees a news story about the town of Henry Adams, a historic Kansas town founded by African-Americans, which has hit hard times and placed itself up for sale, she knows wh ...more
Feb 27, 2011 Carla rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I loved this book so much. Being a foster mom it really hit home with me. This is not a traditional romance novel it is more inspirational than anything else. I really loved that this book brings me back to Henry Adams and the descendants of my favorite characters from other books.

The background stories for each of the foster children is so moving.

There is the teenage girl to old for her own good. Selling her body to make it on the streets.

The car thief, left behind and the best car thief in
Nasiruddin Al-mahi
I waited a long time before I read this story because like a dummy I didn't think I'd like a book by Beverly Jenkins...I know I know! You can unclutch your pearls now! This book set the stage for a wonderful series but the best thing is that there is no lag or doldrums where she had to give the character's back stories. It was all very well written and hilariously funny with tear-jerker moments. I absolutely loved Bring on the Blessings & the Blessings series!
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Beverly Jenkins is an African-American historical romance writer. She and her family live in southeastern Michigan. Born in Detroit, she graduated from Cass Technical High School and attended Michigan State University where she majored in Journalism and English Literature.
Ms. Jenkins has written sixteen books to date and has received numerous awards for her works, including: the Detroit Free Pres
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