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(The Grayson Family #1)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,422 ratings  ·  170 reviews
It's 1786 and Dr.Viveca Lancaster is frustrated by the limits placed upon female physicians of color. When she is offered the chance to set up a practice in the small all Black community of Grayson Grove, Michigan she leaves her California home and heads east. The very determined Viveca is one of the few nineteenth century Black women to graduate from the prestigious Woman ...more
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Published December 20th 2000 by iUniverse (first published January 15th 1995)
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Madison Warner Fairbanks
Vivid by Beverly Jenkins

A historical romanc but more.
Includes lots of historical facts in detailed story form. An example is the establishment of the first black church. And the selling of slave brothers and sisters.
Not something I expected in a romance novel. I felt like I was attending a lecture at times and it distracted s bit from the story itself.

Doctor Viveca Lancaster travels to Grayson Grove, Michigan to become the town’s doctor. Nate Grayson wasn’t aware he was hiring a female doctor a
I'm so glad that I read this book I thoroughly enjoyed it I haven't read it historical Romance in donkey years!! (A very long time) lol. But I'm glad I did I was pleasantly surprised and I learned a few things. Regarding potato chips that they were called Saratoga chips and they were invented by an African-American also I learned that Frederick Douglass had a messy personal life and not too many African-Americans trusted him. But I digressed this is the love journey Vivid and Nate. Vivid is bit ...more
K.J. Charles
A very early Jenkins, the prior book to Jewel. I really liked Viveca, an early Black woman doctor from a wealthy and sophisticated background adapting to a small town. It took me a while to warm up to Nate because of his (entirely period-appropriate) resistance to a woman doctor, but he definitely improved on acquaintance. The plot's a bit less tight than her later books, perhaps, but Ms Bev is the queen of the small town and the setting is a thoroughly enjoyable character in itself. Plus, the s ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bj
Jenkins has a knack for being able to gain and maintain my interest in her stories....One of the Best
Great historical fiction!

Set in the period following the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era, Viveca Lancaster is an educated Black woman trained as a physician and raised in the state of California. Frustrated by the lack of opportunities for her to practice medicine where she lives, she takes up the post of a Doctor in a small Black community in Michigan.
At first and with few supporters she finds herself either ignored by most who feel that 'Doctoring' is not a job for a woman or seen j
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this well written and researched fact based novel of a fictional female African-American doctor (Vivid) in 1876 trying to settle into the all black community town of Grayson Cove in a time when female black doctors was a rarity.

I love the characters of Grayson Cove who were essentially good and had a good community spirit - I can see myself living there. I loved the Nate and Vivid love story.

I enjoyed the inclusion of a sentence of fact into the storyline like how black skin was though
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Community aspect of this book. blacks coming together and being protective over one another, definitely not like today. The relationship between Nate and Dr Viveca was enchanting and smoldering hot! I liked the family dynamics of the Graysons and Abigails defiance of Mr. Crowley. She taunted that man for years. The rich history lessons told throughout the book were fantastic, native people, scholars, politicians, and the game,lacrosse. All very wonderful. I would recommend this book ...more
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a MUST read! I found pleasingly too..
My educational love keeper..sigh.. Ms. Jenkins makes learning about history fun. I adore how see places historic findings so effortless entwine within in her's like magic. It keeps me happy & coming back for more. ((You rock)) Ms. Jenkins UR the best!
Alyssa Cole
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really, really enjoyed the banter between the hero and the heroine even though the set-up was something that usually drives me mad. I feel like the last third of the book flagged, but is carried through by the momentum of the first portion. Truly enjoyed it!
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Like all Beverly Jennings books this one had a good balance between seriousness and fluff. Liked that the heroine was a doctor and the romance was super adorable
A Very Vivid Historical/Romance Novel

This is the second novel I read by Beverly Jenkins, 'Night Song' being the first. I just have to say I thoroughly enjoy her writing style. I could not put either book down! You can't help but fall in love with the main characters and it feels like your watching a movie with the descriptive storytelling. She made the characters and the story jump off the page for me. And you not only get a great history lesson, you get some very HOT and steamy romance...WHEW..
Jerrika Rhone
I'ma say this from the door. I do not like Robin Eller's narration and I miss Kim Staunton's rendition. For me this can make me not finish an audiobook preferring to read a copy instead. Ugh.

18% Done: She is the worst.

The story was juicy and fun just like all Beverly Jenkins stories are. I'm on a mission to read all her work.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s Beverly Jenkins. Nothing else really needs to be said. She does an amazing job of mixing the perfect amount of romance with historical fiction.
Ilia Johnson
This was a nice quick read. Beverly has a nice formula and I love the black history peppered through the novel. I always walk away learning something new.
L. Wright
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
When Viveca (referred to as Vivid by her family) arrives in Grayson Grove after a long train ride from San Francisco, she meets up with mayor Nate Grayson. Their first meeting is challenging, to say the least.

Nate has sworn off love after a failed marriage and he immediately notices Vivid's beauty. He mistakes her for an "undecent woman" but is proven wrong when she produces documents stating that she is the doctor hired to practice medicine in his town.

As the story unfolds, Nate is unsure if Vi
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was another great by Beverly Jenkins! I enjoyed this story of Dr. Viveca Lancaster and Nate Grayson. Two characters that bumped heads from the first they met, but who grew to share a great connection later. She was headstrong, independent, and danced to her own beat, which was out of character for females during this time period. He was headstrong, caring, and a damned good man. What a great combination they made together, especially once they stopped aggravating one another. I loved Viveca ...more
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook
I was really disappointed by Vivid. I've been trying to read more romance and more African American writers, and when I saw Vivid recommended on a blog, it sounded really fascinating. A black woman doctor in the 1870s? Sign me up.

Unfortunately, though it seems like I'm oddly the only one, I thought the writing was *terrible*. It's choppy and badly paced. There's a ton of infodumping and exposition about Black history, things that might be interesting on their own but don't weave very organicall
This had multiple 'annoying romance tropes' I found charming. I enjoyed the local history as always:) ...more
Lauren (The Novel Lush)
Not sure how to rate this one because the audio narration was ROUGH, stilted and choppy with odd intonations that didn’t match the mood of the text. The story was good but whereas the bits of history are usually added in seamlessly, this time it felt just thrown in, and so much so that it took away from the story, which overall, just didn’t flow as well as usual
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved all the historical ties of black, Hispanic, and Native Americans in the 19th century, especially female physicians, Black vote, native traditions, etc. I learned so many interesting things while enjoying the fictional aspect. I want to enjoy more contemporary/historical AA fiction!
Vivid brings a Black, female doctor to the pages and wow! Aside from LK’s Dr. Garrett, I couldn’t recall reading another female doctor, and Viveca brings an entirely different level of perspective on the position. It was fascinating information and I’ve also enjoyed readying articles on who inspired her character.

I enjoyed a lot about this one! Nate was a grumpy Gus, but his adopted daughter Magic, more than made up for it with her sweetness and her take-on-the-world attitude! The story slogged
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, quick, & lovely romance between two incredibly interesting characters. I loved every single second of this just like I love every single second of the rest of Beverly Jenkins’ works.
Having read Jewel (Eli & Jewel) early last year, I had been looking forward to reading Nate & Vivid's story. Imagine my excitement when it became available in ebook format and I'm happy to say it did not disappoint. I love the way Jenkins writes her characters and the communities they live in because you find yourself caring about them so much. Not only were the interactions between Vivid & Nate *ahem* sizzling but their banter was funny and enjoyable to read.

The Grayson Grove community's chara
Nov 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
I just love historical romances....only Beverly Jenkins..she adds a lot of facts
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Great intro to author, well written development of characters and storyline based on historical events
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
I decided it was time to revisit the people of Graysons Groove as always I enjoyed it.
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it.
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cmcon2021
Ms. Jenkins won my heart last year when I picked up one of her books. She continues to hold my heart in the book Vivid. She takes her reader into a journey back in time. A time where people of color have just gained freedoms but the turmoil of slavery is not completely wiped away from the world. A time where women are to be married off and start a family. Vivid is a Dr. who has been brought to this small town to care for the town and not to find a husband. She has a lot to overcome, after all a ...more
Elisabeth Lane
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. I loved everything about it. Vivid might end up being my favorite Jenkins heroine. Any woman who can handle a rifle gets an extra star from me. And Nate took some getting used to, but once we found out more about him, he was delicious. Not, perhaps, as swoony as the Black Daniel, but a lovely man and perfect for Vivid. Plus the secondary characters almost steal the show. I can't believe I waited this long to binge Jenkins' backlist. ...more
I think I've fallen in love with Ms. Bev all over again. ...more
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Beverly Jenkins is the recipient of the 2018 Michigan Author Award by the Michigan Library Association, the 2017 Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for historical romance. She has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature, was featured in both the documentary Love Between the Covers and on CBS ...more

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