Destiny's Embrace

Avon. (Destiny, Bk. 1). Feb. 2013. 370p. ISBN 9780062032652. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062031266. MULTICULTURAL HISTORICAL
Tired of her vicious mother's constant cruel criticism and her bleak Philadelphia life, Mariah Cooper (with a little urging from her aunt) impulsively answers an ad and heads for Northern California to become a housekeeper. But beautiful, outspoken Mariah was not the prim, older woman arrogant rancher Logan Yates was expecting, and her decision to stay and take on the Herculean task of setting his filthy house to rights surprises him even more. Still, the chemistry sizzles between them from the start, and despite the couple's constant wrangling, their future together at a ranch called Destino is clear from the start.
VERDICT Appealing, well-depicted characters, zippy dialog, intriguing snippets of California history, and a quickly paced plot make this refreshing multicultural Western a rewarding read and a good start to the projected series. Jenkins (A Wish and a Prayer) is noted for her popular African American historicals; she lives in southeastern Michigan.

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