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On the Corner of Hope and Main

(Blessings #10)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  720 ratings  ·  166 reviews
Citizens of Henry Adams, Kansas, know there’s never a dull moment in their small town… Trent July has been the mayor of this historic town for the past four years, but now he’s ready to let someone else take up the mantle. Barrett Payne, a former Marine, decides he wants the job. But when a surprise candidate also enters the ring, the town has opinions on who would be the ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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K.J. Charles
I have glommed this entire ten book series across a fortnight because I have no self control and now what am I supposed to do with my life?
Madison Warner Fairbanks
On the Corner of Hope and Main by Beverly Jenkins
Book 10 of the Blessings series. Contemporary small town fiction. Best read as part of the series. It can be read alone, but better if familiar with the some of the books. The author does a good job of recapping previous issues and resolutions but that does make for a bit of repetition if you’ve read the prior books.
The town of Henry Adams, Kansas is the focus of the series with many of its inhabitants lives portrayed, good, bad and ugly.

The sit
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
3.5 stars

I haven't read this series in order. I could tell immediately that I jumped into an already moving train. I don't know how much that lack of knowledge hurt me but I get that the heroine Bernadine Brown is divorced and it was quite messy. She is currently separated from Malachi, the man she loves, because of some embezzlement scam.

Bernadine is an independent, strong-willed business woman who has plans to help her town grow. She has to learn to navigate the men who are on the town council
The Blessing books are small town opera mixed with women's fiction and romance. I've read two so far, and hoo boy, are they soap opera. Divorce, infidelity, jealousy, theft, treachery, teen drama, adult drama, politics, all entertaining for sure, but over the top at times. Did I mention the giant, man-killing hog? No? How about the fact he becomes a Hollywood star? It's sure not anything like the small town I grew up nor the one I live in now. Of course, both of those were/are New England towns ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With her large divorce settlement, Bernadine purchased the small town of Henry Adams, KS, on eBay. (Can you do that?) The town, started by freed slaves in the 19th century, was going downhill, but now it seems like a very pleasant place. (This is #10 in the Blessings series, and since I hadn't read 1-9, I was a bit confused by all the characters at first). There is to be a mayoral election in Henry Adams; Bernadine's nasty ex is backing a shady candidate, and there is a woman running, too, whic ...more
Read In Colour
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
While some authors have problems maintaining the momentum with series, Beverly Jenkins rarely has that problem with the characters and story lines in her Blessings series. With so many existing and new characters to choose from, the author continues to give readers new and interesting stories, instead of recycling through previous story lines.

On the Corner of Hope and Main brings back town owner Bernadine Brown's arch nemesis, her ex-husband, at a time when she's still struggling to deal with he
Sharon Huether
Since 1879 the town of Henry Adams, Kansas should have been on the Historical registry.
In today's world there was going to be an election for a new mayor for the town.
There is always a question as to where campaign signs are appropriate. A town with no secrets.

There was also talk of new enterprises coming to town such as a seed company and wind energy.

The candidates for mayor were Riley, Shelia and Trent July. The one with the most signs do not win.

I won this free book from Goodreads First Read
Steph's Romance Book Talk
DNF @50% / 3 Stars / 0 Steam Fans

Sadly, On the Corner of Hope and Main will be returning to my want to read list. This is the tenth book of the Blessings series, and it is not a series that you can read out of order. The citizens of Henry Adams, Kansas needing to elect a new mayor. The series is obviously filled with drama, murder, kidnappings, infidelity, and so much more. In classic Beverly Jenkins's style, there is a history of African Americans tangled with engaging storytelling.

If you want
Maurice Jr.
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Trent July is stepping down as mayor, and the search is on for his successor. Four candidates emerge: Barrett Payne, Riley Curry and two unexpected contenders. Needless to say, the race is quite interesting, especially when Bernadine's ex-husband Leo comes back to Henry Adams with another scheme in his pocket.

Of course there are plenty of other life situations to go around. After about a year in Henry Adams, Rev Paula's cousin Robyn is wondering if she should reach out more to the other teens. B
Deborah J. Qualls
I am such a big fan of the blessings series and have read and enjoyed each book (in order) from the beginning. So I was counting the days waiting for this book as I needed my fix of what was happening in Henry Adams. Well, finally my waiting ended and my disappointment began. There was little if any excitement as in the past books and I feel the book ended too soon and too abruptly I needed more. While I appreciated the development of some of the old and new characters there was something missin ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is always a wonderful feeling to return to Henry Adams. This visit was no different. I enjoyed catching up with old friends and getting to know new ones. I won't say too much, because I don't want to spoil any surprises for those who have yet to make the trip back. Hurry up! What are you waiting for? You won't be disappointed. ...more
Jun 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I waited a long time for this one...just idk what I was expecting. Just wasn’t as fulfilling and satisfying as the others. To be fair I’ve also spent the last several months reading her historical romance novels which are my absolute favorite. So with that in mind I totally get why this one just was ok.

That in no way dampers my love for all things Mrs. Beverly Jenkins. ❤️
I received a copy of this novel courtesy of LibraryThing Early Reviewers (giveaway) and the publisher.

I am a big fan of Ms. Bev's historical romances, but had not yet had the occasion to try her contemporary work. Winning a copy of this novel was a big and very pleasant surprise, but I knew I'd be walking into a series at Book #10, so I did go back and read the synopses of the previous books so I wouldn't be going in *totally* blind. I needn't have worried - there is enough background here to d
Bernadine probably thought she had seen the last of her ex. Regular Blessings readers probably thought so as well since we haven't seen him in a couple of books (at least that I remember). But he's going to pop up again trying to cause trouble for the town while making money for himself. His plan this time is to back disgraced former mayor Riley Curry.
Riley has some competition though. Barrett Payne, formerly in the military, currently in charge of security for the town thinks that he is going
Sherri Lupton Lupton
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Citizens of Henry Adams, Kansas are in the midst of a mayoral election. Trent July has been mayor for the past four years since Bernadine Brown purchased the town online and brought about much change for the small, historically black town built by freedmen. They are once again fighting those who would betray their trust and steal their homes and land. In this awesome, Blessings tale, Beverly Jenkins shows us that might does not make right, and often it is the humble and meek who bring about chan ...more
I'm a bit sad to read this one because it means that I'm caught up on the books, so now I go to waiting for the new one to be written. I also loved listening to the pod cast at the end that the author was on. I learned that her historical books are the ancestors of the current Henry Adams citizens. I've read many of those and it makes me want to go back and look at them again.

Lots of stuff was going on in the town again. The big thing was the Mayoral election. Some of those that threw their hat
Georgiann Hennelly
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Trent July has been Mayor of this historic town for four years . He is ready to step down and let someone else be Mayor. Barrett Payne decides he wants to be Mayor so he decides to run for the job . It seems he will be elected but than a surprise candidate throws there hat in the ring also. Now it is up to the town to decide who would be the best Mayor. o add to the drama Malachi July is still paying reparations for damage he caused and to the people he betrayed especially his lady love Bernadin ...more
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I sometimes find myself wishing that I lived in Henry Adams. The characters are so absolutely realistic, the drama is so absolutely fitting, and the romance is so absolutely charming. I can't believe that I'm 10 books into this series and still anxiously awaiting when the next one will come along.
I'm excited to see what Henry Adams' new mayor is going to do, where Bernadine and Mal are going to end up in their relationship, and what the teenage kids got going on in their lives.
Robin Williams
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Being entertained by the folks of Henry Adams never fails!! This is a superb series (Blessing series) and you can’t help but to ask for more.
Great job again, Beverly Jenkins!!!! Can’t wait to see what comes next out of Henry Adams!!
This series needs to be a series on tv!!
Yay-I’m finally all caught up with the Blessing series! The town of Henry Adams in Jenkins historical books is just as interesting in it’s modern day setting. Now I know there’s one more book for sure and I’m hoping...really hoping...for some loose ends to be tied up💗
Dec 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No excitement and very few chuckles

After reading all of the blessing series books, IMO this book was lackluster nothing exciting. Happy that I checked it out from the library instead of making the purchase.
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Sad when I thought this was the last book in this series .
But no , there is more to come .
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series. I hope there will be more books, although this one ties up some loose ends that were long past needing tied up.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This a good bet since it's by a prolific and successful author. This has interesting characters and the right amount of drama/conflict, and a satisfying ending.

I really appreciate the copy for review!
Michelle JB Green
Just ok

I enjoyed the book but wasn't as in-depth as previous books in this series. It felt rushed but I'm looking forward to next book
Tia Lanier
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it
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Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books, hoopla
Ok. I didn’t like this one as much as the last one. I feel like certain things wrapped up too quickly. But I do like the things they mention that could get expanded in future books. And I can’t believe the mess that follows Riley and that damn pig! Seriously! Anywho, enjoyable but not as good as previous entries in the series.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating history thrown in with this story of amazing people. I just want to keep reading everyone of this author's books. I enjoyed every minute of this book .. and I want more. ...more
Sharon Tyler
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
On the Corner of Hope and Main is the tenth book in the Blessings by Beverly Jenkins and it was just released released on March 3 2020. I have not read the previous books, so there was a good deal of catching up to do, but I think other newcomers can fully enjoy the book without the prior reads as well, although I am likely to go back and read the whole series from the start now.

Citizens of Henry Adams, Kansas, know there’s never a dull moment in their small town. Trent July has been the mayor o
Aug 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Bernadine's ex-husband shows up in Blessings threatening to run for mayor but instead throws his endorsement behind former mayor Riley causing Bernadine and her friends to wonder why. Goings on at his house have been reported to Bernadine and other members of the town leaders causing them to check out his reasons. When they find out what he is up to, will they be able to stop him? Bernadine's former beau, Malachi, is trying to atone for his past and get her back. Will he be able to get Bernadine ...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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Blessings (1 - 10 of 11 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)
  • For Your Love (Blessings, #6)
  • Stepping to a New Day (Blessings, #7)
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