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Rebel

Women Who Dare
Narrated by: Kim Staunton
Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
5 out of 5 stars (136 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The first novel in USA Today best-selling author Beverly Jenkins’ compelling new series follows a Northern woman south in the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War....

Valinda Lacey’s mission in the steamy heart of New Orleans is to help the newly emancipated community survive and flourish. But soon, she discovers that here, freedom can also mean danger. When thugs destroy the school she has set up and then target her, Valinda runs for her life - and straight into the arms of Captain Drake LeVeq.

As an architect from an old New Orleans family, Drake has a deeply personal interest in rebuilding the city. Raised by strong women, he recognizes Valinda’s determination. And he can’t stop admiring - or wanting - her. But when Valinda’s father demands she return home to marry a man she doesn’t love, her daring rebellion draws Drake into an irresistible intrigue.

©2017 Beverly Jenkins (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Love Beverly Jenkins

I'm a huge fan of Beverly Jenkins books. This book is good but not great. The story was a little slow and narrator's voice was dry. Jenkins is usually very good at coordinating her books. But I'm thinking Rebel is sequences before Winds of the Storm(Archer's story), because Raimond's baby girl Desire is 2 in Drake's story and 5 in Archer's story. I had to go back and read Archer's story to make sure Drake was not married, which he wasn't. And if Rebel was sequences after Winds is the Storm why wasn't Archer's wife Zahra mentioned in the story. I think this is why I gave the books 3 stars because she didn't coordinate Drake's and Archer's story together.

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Rebel

Love seeing strong independent black women. Finding love in a strong black man. Seeing the caring and devotion towards each other and the support of the community for their love

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Brilliantly written love story

I loved this book. What a brilliantly written story full of everything I love in a novel: romance, love, danger, tension, character growth and family/community.

Beverly Jenkins is one of my favorite authors because she doesn't just tell a story, she educates the reader. It is so apparent that she really researches the era and crafts the story in a way that the reader will leave knowing a few more things about our American History. This story moved a fast pace, had drama and that familial ties that embraced people who don't have loved ones around.

In this new series set in the 1860's, Valinda Lacey moved to New Orleans to work with Nuns to educate newly empanciated slaves. She was met with some resistance from one of the nuns as well as some white supremacists who attacked her carriage. Luckily, Captain Drake LeVeq and his sister in law were on the road and rescued Valinda. It eventually led to Drake's mother to offer Valinda a place to stay and a job. Valinda was compassionate and was clear as to she wanted to spend her life as an educator. Drake was a contractor who also volunteered at the Freedmen's Bureau. Drake and Valinda had qualities that the other admired but there was hinderance.
Even though Drake was attracted to Valinda and vice versa, but she was engaged to be married to a man whom she didn't love. The marriage was important to Valinda because it guaranteed her freedom from her father and the protection of her fiance's name. Drake had his work cut out for him to show Valinda that she could have it all: freedom, family protection as well as passionate love.

I expected a well written story and I wasn't disappointed. I listened to this story and I smiled, laughed, felt sympathy, anger and hope. These characters were resilient in spirit despite the financial or societal circumstances. This author clearly values family because the LeVeq family has been a pillar in the community for several of her books. Another thing that amazed me was the way she wrote passionate sex scenes. They weren't crass and overly descriptive, just enough to make you feel butterflies in your belly but not look over your shoulder in embarrassment for your Pastor. Bravo!!!

I am excited for this new series Women Who Dare and I can't wait for the next installment.

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love love love

I truly loved when Beverly Jenkins writes a novel! I love how she educates us while telling us great romantic passionate love story. I love how the characters are compelled and Drawn to one another. I love how all of the characters that were associated with the previous book have the same personalities and mannerisms and this book is well. And I love the narrator's voice. I can't wait for more I hope there are more books coming soon. I am very very much excited.

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Slow start, but enjoyable read

This book started soooooo slowly. I’m glad I stuck with it, but if you’re looking for character and plot development right away, this book isn’t for you. Overall, though, it was a good read.

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Rebel is another masterpiece crafted by Beverly Jenkins

Rebel is another masterpiece crafted by Beverly Jenkins. The House of Leveq never fails in delivering a wonderful story of family, honor, support, dedication and love. The historical facts is icying on a cake!

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A Good Listen

The characters seem to come to life. Love and history make a great combination. Loved it!!

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Enjoyed reading BUT!!

Ms. Beverly
Did Archer not marry? There is no mention of the former spy. Please explain why she was not mentioned. Also, was this timed before Sable found her brother? I did enjoy the read but am confused about the missing pieces

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  • 06-03-19

Another good one

I always enjoy the stories of Beverly Jenkins and love how she ties several books together. Couldn't wait for this next book of the LeVeq's and of course it didn't disappoint.

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A True Beverly Jenkins Fan

I I did really care for this novel I just didn't care for it at all and I didn't care for the rarrator