August 26, 2018

Series Sunday: Second Time Sweeter

(Blessings #9) 

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

"Even though one side of her wanted to put Henry Adams in a bulletproof bubble surrounded by multiple force fields to keep all of its citizens safe, that wasn't an option." ~ pg. 93

My Series Sunday pick is Sweeter Than Sweet, the ninth book in the Blessings series by Beverly Jenkins. The patriarch of the town f'ed up royally. Mal July returned to Henry Adams unashamed and unapologetic for embezzling thousands of dollars and for breaking Bernadine Brown's heart. Most of all, he let down the foster kids he mentored. Can Mal humble himself enough to apologize and ask for a second chance? It's also Homecoming Weekend! Gary Clark reunites with his high school sweetheart. It only took a second to realize the spark is still there. But is it too late for a second chance at love that began thirty years ago?

"Did the visit mean there was a thaw in the cold war?" ~ pg. 148

I kid you not when I say I'm a resident of Henry Adams in-my-head. The way Beverly Jenkins writes puts me smack in the center of town and takes me away from the real world. The fictional Kansas town is a true community filled with citizens, their realistic drama and engaging dialogue. In Second Time Sweeter, I found myself crossing my fingers for certain characters and rolling my eyes at others. By the end, it was evident that forgiveness is the central theme. Well told story!

There couldn't be a better book to return with for my Series Sunday meme. A fine example of why I love this series and consider myself an honorary resident. Even though this is the ninth installment, new readers will not be lost. There is enough backstory to follow along and read as a standalone. However, I highly recommend starting the series from the very beginning. Every new Blessings book is like a family reunion.

Happy Early Pub Day, Ms. Bev! Second Time Sweeter will be available Tuesday, August 28.

Disclaimer: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Author: Beverly Jenkins
Published: August 2018
Pages: 206
Edition: Galley
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤

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