FICTION

On the Corner of Hope and Main

Morrow. (Blessings, Bk. 10). Mar. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9780062952202. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9780062699282. $15.99. F
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In the latest installment of her “Blessings” series (following Second Time Sweeter) Jenkins returns to Henry Adams, KS, a town originally founded by freed slaves. We’re told there are no secrets in Henry Adams, and that’s the truth. Bernadine Brown remains the owner of the town—she purchased it on eBay—but a wide-open mayoral election has everyone gossiping about the drama of husband and wife Barrett and Sheila Payne both running as candidates. Stepping away from running the town, Bernadine struggles to comprehend why her ex-husband Leo lost his oil company job but now shows up as a campaign manager. Bernadine makes abrupt leaps from kind town leader to hard-driving businesswoman but also finds time to rekindle a romance with Malachi July. This close-knit town seems a dream come true, but the tranquil backdrop cloaks plenty of skullduggery.
VERDICT Readers new to the series may grow confused with characters from earlier volumes popping into scenes without backstory. Jenkins’s easygoing tale takes time to warm up to its somewhat exciting ending, which promises another addition to the series. [See Prepub Alert, 9/16/19.]

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