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Destiny's Embrace Audiobook

Destiny's Embrace

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Publisher's Summary

Beverly Jenkins’ historical romances have earned her a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writers’ Guild and two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times.

Set in 19th-century California, Destiny’s Embrace introduces listeners to ranch owner Logan Yates, who must come to terms with his true feelings for Mariah Cooper, his beautiful, headstrong housekeeper. But just as Logan decides to make Mariah his own, her former lover reenters her life. Now Logan will have to show Mariah that the passion they share has been written in the stars.

©2013 Andrew J. Fenady (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Courtney 07-17-13
    Courtney 07-17-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Story. Okay narration."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to a friend, as I would with all BJ novels. However, I would suggest that you read the book before listening to the audio book. I think you could get the wrong impression of how great a writer Ms BJ is if you only listen to this performance.


    What didn’t you like about Shari Peele’s performance?

    I usually love Shari Peele's narrations. In fact, I was excited to see that she was narrating this story. However, this was not one of her best performances. The meter was off, and it was very slow. It felt like it was dragging. Also her voices sounded pretty similar, especially the male characters. Her accents were also off. I have heard her do a really good Spanish inflected English accent in other audio books, but in this one it was just off at times. I love her narration of modern stories, but I didn't really care for her performance of this historical romance.


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    V Hunter 07-10-13
    V Hunter 07-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "LOVE IT!!!"

    Very good story!!! I love a good love story and this is definitely a good one. A must read and you want regret it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    AHC 06-21-16
    AHC 06-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, terrible narration."

    this was my first Beverly Jenkins book and I enjoyed the story's plot, flow and tone. I hated the narration, as the narrator repeatedly swallowed, made unnecessary and awkward pauses, and missed the tone of the dialogue. I've listened to books by other authors she has performed for, and had a similar experience.

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    Charmagne 06-02-16
    Charmagne 06-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful! I couldn't stop listening and laughing!"

    The reader was clear and although monotone a bit, she managed to keep my attention. I felt as if I was in the story itself. Very good..

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    Zakiyyah McWilliams 05-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved All of It"

    There is nothing written by Beverly Jenkins that I don't love. This was another great!

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    Tanishia Pearson-Jones Delhi, LA 03-31-16
    Tanishia Pearson-Jones Delhi, LA 03-31-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Lovely"

    Oh what a beautiful love story. The heroine was so sassy and clever yet open to love. The hero was so confident, handsome and determined. I loved it! I'm ready for the next book.

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    K. Duncan South Carolina, USA 11-09-15
    K. Duncan South Carolina, USA 11-09-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Yes!"

    Another great read. The history is always so informative. I could hear the narrator swallowing though...

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    tlc 09-10-15
    tlc 09-10-15
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    "Too Old for This Novel"
    Would you try another book from Beverly Jenkins and/or Shari Peele?

    Yes, I would read another book from Jenkins. No, I will not listen to Shari Peele again.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The setting and the historical context. Very well done and believable.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Shari Peele?

    Don't know...but see below


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Destiny's Embrace?

    the ending...


    Any additional comments?

    I would give this book at 2.5 rating.

    This is the first time I've read a romance novel of this type in a VERY long time. I read books like this when I was a teenager, but they hardly ever had characters of color. I was beyond ecstatic to read a HISTORICAL romance novel with people of color.

    Jenkins definitely did well with the historical aspect of the novel. I believed the setting and was more than willing to go along with it. Overall, I enjoyed the light reading, but the writing itself left much to be desired. I wasn't expecting literary fiction, so the clichés were something that I wasn't surprised about. However, I was hoping for a juicier plot. Honestly, if I had read this when I was a teen, I'd totally be in love. I like Mariah and Logan and the rest of the characters, but was waiting for something to happen to them. I think I may be too old to be completely satisfied with this HEA...

    As for the narration, I felt very dirty listening to my Auntie read me a nasty book. She tried to differentiate her voice some, but it sounded more like a writer doing a reading than a voice actor doing a narration. But, not everyone can be Davina Porter.

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    Glenda G. Brown 06-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Destiny's Embrace"

    Wonderfully written story. Beautifully narrated. Mrs. Jenkins does it again. This story is spell binding.!

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    Linda J Spinks Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 05-14-15
    Linda J Spinks Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 05-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "good read"

    enjoyed this book very much. the story was very entertaining. listened to it in less than a day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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