Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Chasing Down a Dream by Beverly Jenkins

Chasing Down a Dream

by Beverly Jenkins

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
811,035,133 (4.5)None



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
While most of the children of Henry Adams, Kansas are away on summer adventures, two others are added to the rolls. Lucas Herman, age 10, and his sister Jasmine, 8, are found wandering along a country road by Gemma Dahl, the cashier at the local grocery story -- who is caring for her late daughter’s son Wyatt. Turns out the two orphaned children are in a precarious situation – just out of foster care and unwanted by family members. Gemma and Wyatt are ready to bring them into their family circle but first there are problems to overcome.

Other plots involve a much-anticipated wedding between the local school teacher and the co-owner of the town’s only diner; and a bump in the romantic road for the town’s owner and her beau, who has suddenly skipped town.

Beverly Jenkins has created a wonderful setting, a traditionally black town in financial trouble -- bought by a wealthy woman who sets out to create an idyllic place for people who need a second chance in life. Ms. Jenkins has also created a terrific cast of characters. There may be rocky times in Henry Adams, but things generally work out in the end, although not always the way the principals may expect.

I really like the way the author takes minor characters – Gemma Dahl in this book – and puts them center stage for one book. These “Blessings Novels” are great escapist fare (and I mean that in the very best sense of the word).

Review based on publisher-provided copy of the book. ( )
  NewsieQ | Jun 26, 2017 |
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062412655, Paperback)

NAACP nominee and USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins continues her beloved Blessings series with a heartwarming novel about what really makes a family.

There’s never a dull day in Henry Adams, Kansas.

Tamar July has never had a great relationship with certain members of her family. In fact, she’d characterize it as a “hate/hate relationship.” But when her cousin calls her with the news that she’s dying and wants Tamar to plan the funeral, she’s shocked but is willing to drop everything for her.

After a horrendous storm, Gemma finds a young boy and his little sister walking on the side of the road. She takes them in, and quickly falls in love with the orphaned siblings. But when Gemma contacts Social Services to try to become their foster mother, she’s told a white woman cannot foster African-American children.

In the midst of these trials, Jack and Rocky are trying to plan their wedding. The entire town comes together to lend a helping hand.

Though the residents of Henry Adams face seemingly insurmountable obstacles, each of them will discover that family comes in many forms, especially during the most trying of times.





(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:41:34 -0500)

No library descriptions found.

LibraryThing Early Reviewers

Beverly Jenkins's book Chasing Down a Dream is currently available from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Sign up to get a pre-publication copy in exchange for a review.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio

Popular covers


Average: (4.5)
4.5 1

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 115,327,840 books! | Top bar: Always visible