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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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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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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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Housekeeper was more than a match

I loved this story. The heroine and hero were perfect for each other.
Mariah left her home in search of independence and freedom. Logan has freedom and family but once he met the housekeeper Mariah, he learned that his life was still incomplete. They verbally sparred and vexed each other until they gave into their passion. These two were definitely stronger together. This story was entertaining with bits of history sprinkled in. The emphasis on family and hard work is a continual theme I’ve noticed in Beverly Jenkins novel.
The narrator was spot on and I can’t wait for book 2.

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I loved it

I enjoyed this novel and the narrator. I think Shari Peel did a wonderful job despite some differing reviews!

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Reader reduces the star rating....

The story was just ok.... There was no mystery or suspense. Also hard to believe she was so beautiful there, but odd and unnoticed in her home town.

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EXCELLENT STORYTELLING

I've been a fan of Beverly Jenkins for a long time. I love that her books have became audio books where now I can just listen to them. Destiny's Embrace is very good and the narration is great too.

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Beverly Jenkins Rocks

I am new to Beverly's books but I love her novels. Her writing is prolific and refreshing. Her characters are so real. Another great body of work!

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Great Book, but needs a new reader!

I love this story, but Kim Staunton or Thomas Penny should have read this story. This reader I feel was not good with accents and sometimes used the accents for the wrong characters. She didn't sound confident and prepared.

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I could not turn this off.

I laughed, I frowned, I sat on the edges of my seat. I learned new information and was totally pleased with this story. Can't wait till five into the next book.

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Shari Peele, AGAIN?!?!?!

Here we go with this awful narrator AGAIN!!! She sounds like she has a mouth full of spit. I couldn't even get through the first chapter. She must be doing this shit for free! Damn!!!