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Vivid | [Beverly Jenkins]

Vivid

It's 1876 and Dr. Viveca Lancaster is frustrated by the limits placed upon female physicians of color. When she is offered the chance to set up a practice in the small all-black community of Grayson Grove, Michigan, she leaves her California home and heads east. The very determined Viveca knows all about fighting for her rights. But she may need more than determination to face down the distractingly handsome Nate Grayson, the Grove's bull-headed mayor.
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Publisher's Summary

It's 1876 and Dr. Viveca Lancaster is frustrated by the limits placed upon female physicians of color. When she is offered the chance to set up a practice in the small all-black community of Grayson Grove, Michigan, she leaves her California home and heads east. The very determined Viveca knows all about fighting for her rights. But she may need more than determination to face down the distractingly handsome Nate Grayson, the Grove's bull-headed mayor.

Nate Grayson goes to the train station expecting Dr. V. Lancaster to be a man. But when the lovely, dark-skinned Viveca introduces herself, he is at first speechless, then orders her back on the train and out of his town! It's 1876 and women aren't supposed to be doctors, men are. However, Nate isn't prepared for this extraordinary beauty's stubbornness and fire, nor for the vivid way she heals - then steals - his heart. Contains mature themes.

©1995, 2000 Beverly E. Jenkins (P)2014 Tantor

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    Godizgd Tulsa, OK, United States 08-06-14
    Godizgd Tulsa, OK, United States 08-06-14 Member Since 2009

    In love with love...

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    "Great Story, Not the best narrator :("

    Vivid is one of my favorite books of all time. So maybe it's due to the fact that I've read the book several times and I have an idea of how I think it should be read, or perhaps it's because I listen to books all the time...but this reader was not the best. She has a great voice but she's "reading the book" and not performing if that makes any sense. Her extra breaths where a breath doesn't fit is just wearing me OUT! I love Beverly Jenkins and Im not sad that I bought the book. Please give it a try and excuse my frustration. #teambeverlyjenkins...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MonaBeeReads Dallas, TX 09-05-14
    MonaBeeReads Dallas, TX 09-05-14 Member Since 2010

    Romance Novel Lover

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    "Yay Vivids on audible""

    I have read this book many times. Strong independent brilliant woman bound to follow her dream and practice medicine during this time. Loved the story, enjoyed watching Nate fall in love with Vivica. History love and action all bound together. Great listen. Keep adding Beverly Jenkins books to a Audible and I'll keep listening. :). Would love to hear Thomas Penny voice again. Robin Eller is okay but the male voices are so similar to the female voices I sometimes have to figure out who's talking. Narration could be better. Sorry. Absolutely love Beverly Jenkins historical romances. Own them all would love to be able to listen to them all as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda #BRAB 08-04-14

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    "Historicals Are Enjoyable"
    Would you listen to Vivid again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to Vivid again because I am a fan of Beverly Jenkins' African American Historical novels. Strong women and even stronger men who lived during very perilous times for Blacks , and made a difference in their own way for the Race is the central theme of her novels. The historical facts interwoven with the romantic fiction is the reason I read this genre. I learn and I enjoy the story at the same time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Vivid?

    Nate & Vivid's Romantic episodes.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was ok. However my personal preference would have called for 2 narrators, one male and one female. I didn't dislike the narrator's performance, but I think the characterization could have been enhanced if a male narrator could have performed the male dialogue.


    If you could rename Vivid, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Chicago, IL, United States 04-09-15
    Melody Chicago, IL, United States 04-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love conquers all"

    Beautifully written, very descriptive with the love scenes without being vulgar! But narrator could be heard swallowing
    Gives you everything for a well rounded story. The author did a great job on the period research. Just seemed like it ended suddenly! Overall good read.

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    Kayren Tampa, FL, United States 03-06-15
    Kayren Tampa, FL, United States 03-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "One of my fav of all time!"

    I love this story! It's the best of historical romance novels. I can't get enough. I've read it at least 4x.

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    Loniandaj Arlington, TX, United States 02-23-15
    Loniandaj Arlington, TX, United States 02-23-15 Member Since 2011

    I'm a huge fan of Audible. As a school librarian, I've found that it passes my days and nights.

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    "Beautiful story"

    As usual, I found this love story to be well written. I find the story of Vivid and Nate to be interesting as well as intriguing. However, being a Beverly Jenkins fan and having read almost all of her works, I found a few discrepancies in the story. I hope if the book is reprinted, this will be corrected. They don't take away from the beautiful story however. #1. When the story referred to Hester, it said her last name was Montgomery. Any fan of Indigo nows her name to be Hester Wyatt. #2. Hester's husband's name is Galen, not Caleb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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