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Josephine "Jojo" Best has it all figured out. Just 17, she's been to college, she has her own hairdressing shop, and nothing will distract her from her goals. That is, until handsome George Brooks begins to pursue her. Then the return of her childhood nemesis complicates her life even further!

No girl is immune to Adam Morgan's charm. But when a wound brings him home from the War Between the States, it's a girl he used to call "Pest" who's turning the tables. All grown up, Jojo is being courted by another soldier, and Adam knows it would be foolish to play with her heart, but he just can't get the ugly duckling turned swan off his mind.

Jojo, too, can't deny her growing feelings for Adam. But he's always been such a flirt - how can she take him seriously? He can't possibly be serious about her. Besides, she has George falling all over himself to please her. As the war rages on, Adam's feelings for Jojo grow stronger, but Jojo's determination to resist him does, too. One thing is clear, though: Jojo is a girl who always gets what she wants, even when she doesn't know what it is!

©2003 Beverly Jenkins (P)2018 Tantor

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Loved this sweet and tame tale

This was the second book I ever read by Beverly Jenkins , and I remember being so sad when I turned the last (yes an actual page). There were no other recommended books by Ms. Beverly besides Belle and I was crestfallen. Both stories we're sweet and fascinating with all the historical gems sprinkled throughout. These were also my first Romance type novels so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed them. Needless to say I was ecstatic to learn there was a treasure trove of adult historical romance novels by the wonderful Ms. Jenkins, I devoured every one, and soon found that I could begin reliving the magic via audiobooks. Many of the early ones were narrated by talented and skilled narrators that brought each character to life in a unique way. However here lately these narrators for the most recent books recorded are awful drab and in some cases monotone. This particular narrator Adenrele Ojo all the male characters sounded the same and very week her voice does not insight the strength and passion that we expect from our leading men in Ms. Jenkins books. PLEASE SOMEONE STOP CASTING WOMEN TO READ, GIVE US BACK THOMAS PENNY!!!

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Cute PG Romance

This was a cute PG romance. I like my romance a lot more steamy, but this was well written and beautifully performed by Adenrele Ojo.

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Promising but unpolished

Interesting plot with refreshing historical context. Some of the writing was a bit stilted and didn't always flow well, but I liked the plot and characters. The narrator used a somewhat sing-song voice, stressing words randomly, and mispronouncing some.

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Heart warming love story

I really enjoyed the flow of the developing love story. It was innocent and pure and showed the bonds of friendship and coming of age. Beverly Jenkins is a favorite author of mines.

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Good story. Yes, predictable, but good escapism for commuters. I did Belle right before this, so I got to continue with some of the characters.

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love is never ending

I loved listening to this book.It was about the civil war.The slaves left the plantation to join the union.That was something new to me.This black injured solider cam e to her house for help.The ladies helped them.The solider fell in love with her.The love was new to her.She never been with anyone else. This story is full of drama and surprises. You wont put it down until u finished.

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Historical fiction at its best

This was delightful. I enjoyed hearing Josephine's take on relationships in general. Every person she is in relationship receives her best because she speaks approaches their interactions with loving thoughtfulness. She's quick to stop and listen to the wisdom of her mother and sister-in-law. The compassion she shows with George is commendable.

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Josephine

Love this story Beverly Jenkins has done it again. Many lessons in her on humanity and history. I don't think I have read all of her work but I am very close.
The lives that freed blacks as well as enslaved, went threw to be happy and life a somewhat normal life. The history that we were taught never touches on this part of history. They try to make it seem like we went from slavery to Jim Crow and nothing in between. I have a whole new respect for my black people. And a deeper love for them as well. And Beverly Jenkins is most definitely in my favorite authors list up in the top 5

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personal opinion

I felt the story too short for the differentstory lines that were set up, but that's just me.