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Always and Forever

4.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  601 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
A desperate need
Sassy Grace Atwood never expected to find her proper self accidentally tumbling into a stranger's bed. If she weren't desperate for a man to lead a wagon train of brides to a woman-starved town out West, she never would have gone near Jackson Blake-former lawman or not. She should send the ruggedly charming Texan packing...only he's perfect for the job. Now
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 5th 2000 by Avon
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Feb 11, 2014 Darla rated it really liked it
**SIGH** I loved Grace and her fiery fierce outspoken attitude, especially for a woman of her time back in the late 1800's. I loved Jackson too, could a man be sexier, honorable, tall, and chocolate, YES! Where can I get me one!!!! LOL! Of course, if you couldn't tell, I enjoyed this book by Beverly Jenkins greatly, the woman makes some amazing female characters and totally unforgettable male leads. Grace Atwood is an educated firecracker who has been asked to round up some single women willing ...more
A Beverly Jenkins Fan...Always & Forever

Oh, My Gosh...Better and Better...the woman has a gift and I have yet to be disappointed by her historical/romance novels. Once I start reading I can't put it down. Reading this novel I found myself LOL, crying and becoming outraged at the injustice our people had to endure.~~~~~~~Grace had all the characteristic I hope for in a heroine. She was smart, brave, independent and very out-spoken. Her character only improved as the story moved forward. Jacks
Marilyn Diamond
Jun 26, 2014 Marilyn Diamond rated it it was amazing
This one of the most unique books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I loved it the first time that I brought it a second time.
Beverly Jenkins is a beast. God Bless her! Read all her novels to give yourself the full effect.
What woman you know is bold enough to leave her home in the middle of night an go up against a gangster and then fall in love with that gangster. Wonderful. Wonderful read. So nice I have to read it twice.
May 02, 2012 steph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who likes to close a book happily

I love this book. Absolutely, positively, adored it. I have been eagerly awaiting this book since I read Topaz and we were first introduced to Grace and Jackson and their relationship AND THIS BOOK DID NOT DISAPPOINT. Even the fact that 20% of this novel we had seen previously (covered from Katherine's POV in TOPAZ) was not a problem because we got to see different aspects of the women's journey to Kanses City and got to see Grace and Jackson's relationship begin and evolve and
Haley Whitehall
May 10, 2014 Haley Whitehall rated it it was ok
I'm a Beverly Jenkins fan. I liked the premise of this story. Taking a wagon train of mail order brides to Kansas is movie worthy and expected another great read like Topaz, unfortunately I couldn't get into this story. It moved too slowly and I never felt the fire between Grace Atwood and Blake. Were they perfect for each other? I'm not sure. I was pleased when Dixon made an appearance. I wish he'd have been in it more!
Nov 28, 2012 Peter rated it did not like it
Full disclosure:
I put this in the "Read" shelf but it should be a new shelf called "Stopped Reading". But creating a new shelf is even more effort than I've just expended herein.
This was an eBook on loan to my Kindle and when I received a warning that the loan was about to expire, I just let it go by....
The interesting thing about this book is not the predictable romance but the time and place: Post Civil War blacks settling in Kansas. And this story is a woman who is planning a wagon train o
Mar 06, 2016 Christi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always and Forever is a story about finding love when you least expect it and from who you least expect. It is about holding your head up in the midst of adversity and letting your guard down enough to experience what life has to offer. This book also gave readers a view of African-Americans that was not taught in school. Blake was the perfect gentleman even when fiery Grace clobbered him with her bag of rocks. Excellent story. Always and Forever by Beverly Jenkins
Shelia Brown
Sep 21, 2014 Shelia Brown rated it it was amazing
The author cleverly shows some of the evils of Jim Crow in the beautiful love story of Grace and Jackson. Jackson, who had been a marshal in the old West was shocked and surprised when he fell in love with Grace. Grace was short not tall like the women Jackson preferred and a real hellion. Seeing them fall in love was a real treat.
Jan 06, 2009 Carla rated it it was amazing
Always and Forever - meet Grace Atwood a banker of all things, in a time when women were supposed to just be pretty little air heads. Her fiance leaves her for a woman with more money and she decides to get away from the gossip by leading a bunch of mail order brides across the county to Kansas for her cousin. The town is being started by men and they need wives. The thing is that Grace knows nothing about wagons trains and needs a wagonmaster, enter tall, luscious Jackson Blake former Texas Law ...more
Loved it

Once again Beverly Jenkins has made me fall in love with her writing. Grace and Jackson are so endearing. Watching their love and passion blossom is beautiful. I wanted to fall in love like that. I would highly recommend this book.
Rena Miller
Jan 28, 2016 Rena Miller rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book so much. I love the fire, love, and romance between Grace and Jackson. I love the history that were mention throughout the book. However, I really love the strength and courage of the women to take on a wagon venture and learning the ropes. I love that this book gave me information that I can search and look up to learn more.
Jan 29, 2016 Cherry rated it really liked it
It's not even about the romance for me. Jenkins incorporates so much black history, stuff I've never learned in any of the African American classes I studied, that I read just to educate myself. I find myself stopping to google names, locations, and events all the time. She writes well.

And I admit that I loved Grace and Blake from Topaz. I had to read their story. Now I must read Loreli's. Wonder what other history facts I'll learn.
Sep 26, 2013 Ladyamelia rated it really liked it
This book started off as a 3 star read but the ending pushed my rating up to a four. Both Grace and Jake were so stubborn and headstrong but they fought to make their relationship Work. They were deeply in love with each other and it showed. Sweet love story.
Jan 09, 2014 Metris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED IT, such a GREAT mushy LOVE STORY!!!!!
Michele Wesley
Aug 08, 2015 Michele Wesley rated it it was amazing
Grace and Jackson Blake captured me at the beginning of the wagon train and keep me flipping the pages like a mad women. I love this story and the journey it took me. This was an Excellent read.
Rebekah Weatherspoon
I love reading about this period in American history and I absolutely loved these characters. I'm officially a Jenkins lover.
May 05, 2013 Bridget rated it really liked it
I loved this story and how the heroine was an independent woman of strength and love. Grace and Jackson were on fire!
Khadija Saadiq
This was one of my introductory books from this author. I loved it and have been hooked since.
Very good author/writer but the story wasn't for me and didn't hold my interest long enough.
Sep 30, 2012 Mzpastrychef rated it it was amazing
I love all of her books..

These romance books give you history as wel
Jan 19, 2014 Tia rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book, 5-audible
I love all these historical books
Jul 15, 2015 Anto64 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stelline e mezzo
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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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