Book Review Rebel by Beverly Jenkins
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Rebel by Beverly Jenkins

Book review Rebel by Beverly Jenkins
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Published: 2019-05-28
The first novel in USA Today Bestselling Author Beverly Jenkins’s 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…

“I am descended from Pirates. Boldness is in my blood.” Drake LaVeq from Rebel by Beverly Jenkins

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First, can I say how incredibly refreshing it is to read a historical romance novel that is not set in Regency England? No offense to my beloved England, but I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy this time period. I also need to point out how much I learned while reading Rebel by Beverly Jenkins.

A Refreshing Historical Romance

The author’s note at the end of Rebel sums it up best. This story takes place during Reconstruction during 1867 aka “America’s unfinished revolution” in the heart of New Orleans. Readers see the broken system that continues to thwart the success of Black people & the challenges facing those who are newly freed. We also relish in the success of the LeVeq family.

While reading this with my buddy Chelsea from The Suspense Is Killing Me, I realized the LeVeg family has several books before the Women Who Dare series. Make no mistake, I will be reading them immediately because I am in love with this large family of brothers and then women who keep them.

Women Who Dare

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how much I love Valinda. She is a true, strong heroine worthy of the Women Who Dare series name. No matter what life throws her way, she perseveres through it all. The setting of New Orleans is always magical with fortune tellers, good food, rich history & damn fine people.

Rebel by Beverly Jenkins is heart-pounding, beautiful, and left me breathless.

I devoured this book slowly as I took in every word. Jenkins sets a scene like no other & her words are magical in that they transport you completely to another time and place. I can’t wait to read the second book in this series!

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