Review: Heart of Gold  - Jenkins

HEART OF GOLD - Beverly Jenkins
Harper Collins
PRINT | EBOOK
May 2014
MAINSTREAM FICTION
REVIEWER: 
Ashley Slater |  RATING: A 
SYNOPSIS: Beverly Jenkins returns to the charming town of Henry Adams, Kansas-a place that always feels like home-in this heartwarming story of family, friendship, and the surprises hidden in our lives. Henry Adams has had its fair share of drama ever since Bernadine Brown bought the town with her divorce settlement. Now just when things are starting to settle down, it’s about to get crazy again . . .

REVIEW:
Located in the Midwest, the town of Henry Adams is difficult to find on a map, but that doesn’t keep this small town from being center stage for lots of drama.

Major changes are underway in the small town of Henry Adams, Kansas.  Smart and precocious, Zoey has adjusted well to life in Henry Adams after being adopted. Her life is busy working on cars with her neighbor, spending time with friends and befriending a new classmate.  She’s also been secretly delivering food to one of the town’s grumpiest residents, which results in a shocking surprise for everyone.  Zoey’s also worried about her parents, Roni and Reggie.  They have had some marital issues for quite some time, but will they be able to work through them so that the family can stay together?  Meanwhile, Bernadine, the town mayor, finds herself dealing with an unexpected crisis and an unwanted houseguest.

Since this story consists of interrelated storylines, the pacing is great because there’s always something interesting happening.  Just as we get to a pivotal point in one storyline, the perspective changes and you become enthralled in what’s going on in the lives of the other characters.  The result is that there aren’t any dull moments in this story.  All of the characters are vibrant, so the dialogue is engaging and will probably remind readers of people that they have encountered.  The dialogue between Zoey and her classmates, the mayor and her sister, and the rest of the townspeople is enjoyable. Even though the story is primarily told from a young girl’s perspective, Zoey is a spitfire, but has a HEART OF GOLD that will make you root for her throughout this story.

If you’re new the series, like myself, the author does a wonderful job of bringing you into the fold so that you can jump right into the storyline.  Having missed the previous stories, I will definitely catch up so that I’ll be ready when the next novel is released.  Longtime fans of the Blessings series will surely enjoy this delightful follow up.  Heartwarming and hilarious, this is one novel you won’t want to miss!

5th September 2014 | romcol@caribsurf.com