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Chasing Down a Dream

(Blessings #8)

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  771 ratings  ·  140 reviews
NAACP nominee and USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins continues her beloved Blessings series with a heartwarming novel about what really makes a family.

There’s never a dull day in Henry Adams, Kansas.

Tamar July has never had a great relationship with certain members of her family. In fact, she’d characterize it as a “hate/hate relationship.” But when her cousin ca
Paperback, 326 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Jo Forrester The author does a great job of explaining the backstory of each character that is introduced or discussed but I would still read at least one of the p…moreThe author does a great job of explaining the backstory of each character that is introduced or discussed but I would still read at least one of the prior books. (less)

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I'm not sure how to summarize this book, since it's the 8th in an-going series ("Blessings"). I grabbed it because I'd been meaning to try a Beverly Jenkins book for a while now, and this was prominently displayed on the New Books shelf during my last library visit. I thought it might be a fun, easy read while I had a cold, and it mostly was, although because of the on-going nature of the stories, it turned out to have a cast of thousands, which made it a little hard for me to keep track of all ...more
K.J. Charles
Another instalment in the wildly compelling soap opera of Henry Adams, this one bringing us new kids and a goodly portion of interpersonal drama even by Henry Adams standards. I'm just click, read, click with this series. ...more
3.5-star read

I received a print copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Welcome back to Henry Adams, Kansas the coolest "fictional" small town in America (in my opinion), for the eighth installment in The Blessings series by the incomparable Beverly Jenkins, with Chasing Down a Dream.

For those of you unfamiliar with Henry Adams, this town was founded by freed slaves in the late 1800s. This once prosperous town was down to a handful of residents before the current mayor, Trent
Another terrific entry in a terrific series! The town of Henry Adams is experiencing some growing pains, and there's some fence painting to do, yet almost everything happens with a lot of love.

Highly recommended!
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one opened with a bang. It really had me worried, not sure how things could have gone more wrong, but they did start turning out right when Gemma came upon those kids. I loved how Gemma instantly bonded with them, how her heart was so big that she just wanted to wrap them up in hugs and make sure their life would be good from there on. I hated the bump they encountered, but so glad things worked out in the end. I think as much as these kids needed Gemma, she needed them too. That wasn't the ...more
Clare O'Beara
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: america-fiction
I had not read any earlier books in the Blessings series, so if you have you may give this one a better rating. The small Kansas town featured was apparently bought on eBay by the current lady mayor. I don't know any more about that. I think a couple of recap pages before the start would be a good idea as by now the soap opera nature of the series has produced many threads about very many characters.

I enjoyed the lively mix of people both incomers and long residents, kids and adults and social
Katie Chapman
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The problem with this book is that it ends! Can't wait for the next one. Jenkins addresses every day problems, infuses her stories with Black and Native American history, and wraps it all in a heartwarming story. A very good read.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure what to expect reading Chasing Down a Dream, since this is the first book I’ve read by Beverly Jenkins. This is a contemporary story set in a fictional town Henry Adams, Kansas with true to life characters and problems. The story had different themes and filled with action and controversies that were not always easy to overcome. Past mistakes of some characters could never be forgotten by others even after multiple years had passed. A variety of ages, events and societal obstacles ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The multitude of plot threads that make up this book may be confusing to new readers, but once they realize that the town of Henry Adams rather than a single focal character is the heart of Chasing Down a Dream and all the other books in the series, all will become clear and they will likely fall under the spell Jenkins weaves in this winning series. Fans of the series will delight in catching up with favorite characters. Tamar July is as wise and endearing as ever. Rocky and Jack’s wedding is ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Beverly Jenkins does it again!! I absolutely love this series! Some classical music and time allowed me to devour this book in 2 days! Who does that :)!! Thank you Ms. Jenkins for not stopping with this series! I cannot wait to read what happens next! Henry Adams is on the grow and I look forward to reading where they go!
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great trip to Henry Adams!

Loved Lucas and Jasmine. Their story really touched my heart; I'm so glad Gemma o p need her heart and home to them. I was hoping LeForge would be good for Gemma, but I'm happy that she found out what the deal was before it was too late.

Mal showed his whole tail in this book. I don't even have words to describe how disappointed I am in him. I hope he gets his mind right as the series continues.

Happy for Rocky and Jack. Excited for Crystal and Kelly and Bobby.
Maurynne  Maxwell
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well my goodness, this one was full of drama! I want to rush on to the next one but now there’s only two left until 2021. Somebody did say soap opera but have you ever watched the old Andy Griffith show? Anyway, I’m a huge fan and will keep reading about Henry Adams as long as she keeps writing about the residents.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Great Story

Whenever I read one of the Blessings books it feels like going home again. The family was doing well and thriving in Henry Adams. They're still supporting each other and welcoming new people into the fold. I hate that I read the book so fast but I really wanted to visit home quickly. I'll get the chance next month to visit Nicodemus Kansas for their Reunion the back drop of the series. Thanks Beverly for another wonderful read.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was soo good. I spent today catching up on what can be considered now old friends. Even though we catch up on some of the old characters in the book we are introduced to two new residents. This books tackles so many different issues and some of the scenes are true tear jerkers. I loved this book. I can't wait till we get to book number 9. ...more
Barbara Robinson
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book! I love the quaint community and its people! Already eagerly awaiting the next book (and there HAS to be a next book!).
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Try as I might I could not get into this book. I couldn't find a connection with the people in this story. I forced myself to read halfway through and just had to stop. Not my cup of tea but it might be for you. I received this from LibraryThing Early review for an honest review. ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This poignant story is heart wrenching. It will have you crying,screaming and celebrating. The characters walk into your heart and never leave. The information based on facts allows you to enjoy the escape as well as educate you. I love the Blessing Series. IJS
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoy the visits to Henry Adams. When ever I finish a book, I get sad because I never want them to end. Thanks for another great book!
Brenda Hillmon
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another roller coaster ride to the Town of Henry Adams. I love it
Teresa Jones
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The ending was not what I was expecting
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another great trip to Henry Adams! This has been my pandemic oasis. Definitely worth reading! 4 stars
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review: Chasing Down A Dream by Beverly Jenkins. 07/07/2017

This novel is a smooth and relaxing read. I can’t say it’s a Christian book because it feels like an every day life in a Henry Adams, Kansas community. It’s refreshing and well written. The characters each had their own developed personalities in a small town owned by one person. In this story it felt normal having someone buying the town and organizing how she and the citizen’s living there made it feel comfortable to go home.

Yes, the
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love how this story begins in a fictional town of Henry Adams, Kansas. It is spoken as a historically black town which now is owned by a wealthy white woman named Bernadine. The story begins with her seeing a young boy and his little sister walking on the side of the road. She contacts the Social Services that she wants to adopt him. She has a son so that it wasn’t difficult for the two young people to settle down their only wish was not to go back to the place where they had left because they ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Another uplifting tale of fostering in the near-utopian town of Henry Adams. I've only read the first book in the series, and now this one, so I am not an expert on the various trials and tribulations of the townsfolk, but I never felt lost. The only thing is, I couldn't quite figure out what this book was supposed to be. Again, maybe this is typical and I just don't have the experience of how these books go, but I generally assumed that each book mostly focused on a romantic couple (and childre ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Early Readers, and to be honest I requested it because it was set in Kansas. I had a vague impression it would be a children's book because of the cover. To my delighted surprise, it's part of a series about a town, with a rich tapestry of characters and situations in which the children are only a part. Even though this is the first Blessings book I've read, I had no trouble jumping into the situation -- it was clear that everyone had history and complicated lives but e ...more
Sarah Weathersby
This is Book #8 of the Blessings Series. I gobble them up as soon as I get one. This time the focus is on two young children who were misplaced in foster care after their parents died tragically. When their uncle stepped up to adopt them, and drive them to California, they were way-laid by a tornado which killed the uncle.

Luckily, Gemma Dahl (a fairly new character) happened to see the turned-over truck and helped the children climb out. There was lots of drama when Social Services decided to pl
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great installment to the Blessings series. I'll probably read it again, because I eagerly devoured it in anticipation of what was happening in the lives of the characters in Henry Adams. Old faces are still there, some have receded to the background in order to develop others and introduce new. I was afraid it was going to become predictible, but there's always a twist.

I introduced a friend to the Blessings series because I know she's a big fan of Ms. Jenkins' historical romance novels
Andrea F.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the book. I have over several years read the entire series. Fortunately, I read the sixth book and finished it two week ago. I also then read the preview pages of his book and in anticipation I awaited it's released. I purchased it for my Nook the day it came out because so much of the 6th book is intertwined in what becomes this story, I feel you could simply read the last two if you are pressed for time,will find it a fast, relaxing and wonderful read so you will then say hey ...more
Marilyn Diamond
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this one down. Henry Adams adds to there family Lucas and Jasmine Herman there story is sad, riveting and suspenseful. Tamar begins having dreams and visions as she welcomes a long lost cousin who has come to transition over. With the summer arrival the children of Henry Adams travel to see there biological family or prepare to move on in there lives. With this the 8th continuation. We find Rochelle Dancer (Rocky) marrying her beloved Professor James. Ms. Gemma Dahl get's a major ...more
Dynah Zale
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m a newbie ....

I liked this book. I felt like Beverly is a strong storyteller and she bought Henry Adams to life for me. A friends father recommended this author to me so this is my first time reading any of Beverly’s work.

There are 2 points in the story I really connected with. I won’t spoil the story but one was when Bernadine had her heart broken. I could feel her pain because I (and millions of other woman) have been done wrong and it was so obvious.

I believe that anyone who reads this bo
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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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Blessings (10 books)
  • Bring on the Blessings (Blessings, #1)
  • A Second Helping (Blessings, #2)
  • Something Old, Something New (Blessings, #3)
  • A Wish and a Prayer (Blessings, #4)
  • Heart of Gold (Blessings, #5)
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