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Belle Palmer is finally free! Separated from her father on the harrowing escape, Belle is lost and alone until she finds shelter with the Bests, the first free family she's ever known. For the first time in her 16 years, Belle can speak her mind - except for her feelings for a certain dark-eyed young man - The Beau.  

Educated and handsome, at 18, Daniel Best is engaged to the prettiest (if a little spoiled) girl around. So when the bedraggled girl his parents take under their wing suddenly turns into a vibrant, lovely young woman, his attraction to her is a complete - and complicated - surprise.

That the two belong together is undeniable, but caught between conscience and attraction, could it possibly happen?

©2002 Beverly Jenkins (P)2018 Tantor

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Sweet Story, Weak Narration

This was the book that initially introduced me to Ms. Jenkins so it will forever be a favorite, but once again they chose a poor narrator in my opinion. She was right in line with the Robin Eller the narrator of Ms Jenkins Indigo and Vivid. This narrator brought no life to this book her male character voices were awful and sounded weak. True fans know Ms Jenkins main male roles are strong and powerful with their 6foot plus frames. Please Tantor, Griot, or whoever produces another Beverly Jenkins audio please get Thomas Penny, Kim Staunton or Kevin Free , or at least someone that can bring some real passion to one of Ms J's novels these stories are to delightful to but butchered by poor narrators!

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Beverly Jenkins comes through as always.

A great story mixed with sweet romance and lots of history,. This one is tamer than other novels in the romance department, meant to appeal if I'm not mistaken to the younger readers, but a very good read nonetheless.

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No One Does It Better!

I am always pleased with these historical novels by Beverly Jenkins. I learn so much and I do not want them to end. I hope we get more from this family.

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beautiful teen story

I remember reading the actual book some years ago so it was cool to have it narrated.

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Sweet

I enjoyed this book it was sweet, but to be honest I was expecting more. It felt like something I would have read in high school. I kept waiting for some big dramatic moment or some intense passion between belle and Daniel that never came, it was just a sweet/cute story. I might gift it to my 14 year old niece its more fitting for her age group.

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😍

This was a beautifully written story! The love and Kindness that the Best Family showed to Belle was beautiful!!! I could listen to this story over and over!!! I smiled and laughed and shouted all through this story!!!!

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Lawd

I had a knot in my throat the last two hours of this magnificent story. Ms Beverly is s true story teller. I’ve listened to almost all of her books on audio. The blessing series is next if I can get past reading the first book since I’ve been spoiled with only listening to them....... I’ve been educated and I’ve been inspired.

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Ms.Beverly did it again!

I absolutely loved this book! Great narrator, story line. Ms. Beverly never disappoints! Can't wait for the next book.

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Tear jerker!! I loved it. found myself crying...

This book taught me so much about African American history. I had a moment where I realized how much we, in 2018, take for granted. Very sweet but humbling story. Highly recommend!