Jenkins, Beverly. Destiny’s Embrace. New York: Avon Books, 2013.
Mass Market Paperback | $1.99 USD | ISBN-13: 9780062031266 | 384 pages | Historical Romance
Having wanted to read more Beverly Jenkins for ages, I jumped at the chance to get the entire Destiny Trilogy when it was first announced they were on sale. And Black History Month inspired me to pick up the first one, Destiny’s Embrace.
And I really enjoyed this one, as it’s signature Beverly Jenkins, with a compelling love story that is also rich with African American history and culture, and I once again learned something upon reading. I was fascinated to learn about the state of California being named after the mythical Queen Calafia,and how she had, at one point even been commemorated in Disneyland in California.
As for the characters, this is another winner. I felt for Mariah, who is depicted from the opening pages in an awful, abusive situation with her mother, and admired the courage she had to to escape it by taking the job across the country with the Yates family. Logan took longer to warm up to, because of the way he kind of crossed the line in their first meeting, kissing her, but Mariah hods her own againt him, and he does improve as thins translate from bickering to them showing care for one another.
But the true star of the series is Alanza, Logan’s stepmother and the Yates matriarch. I love the way she clearly cares for Logan, even though they’re not blood related, and wants what’s best for him. And almost from the moment Mariah arrives, Alanza takes on a surrogate mother role for her, contrasting the brutal treatment of Mariah’s real mother. I can’t wait to read more about her and her relationship with her children and their love interests in the next two books.
This is a great book from a wonderful author that has everything I love in a romance. I recommend this to someone looking for a historical romance rich with character depth and full of historical tidbits.
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