11 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 14 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781494503130. $44.99; 11 CDs. library ed.; 2 MP3-CDs. retail ed.; digital download. F
Viveca "Vivid" Lancaster, a beautiful and unconventional physician who is both female and black, arrives in a small Michigan town in 1876 to open a practice. Mayor Nate Grayson is unconvinced that she has the grit to serve his community but is soon overwhelmed by Vivid's ability to meet every challenge, even that of his own damaged heart. Jenkins (Heart of Gold) has already made her mark as one of the best writers in today's romance genre, over and above her position as a leader in African American fiction. With an interesting and often unexpected plot, well-defined characters, and unexpectedly sharp dialog, this historical is an example of Jenkins's mastery. Unfortunately, Robin Eller's overly slow and deliberate performance isn't up to the standard set by Jenkins's prose.
VERDICT Despite minor performance flaws, this audiobook belongs in both general romance and African American collections.

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