Teresa July has led a hard life, but now she has a chance to put her train robbing past behind her. Armed with a new job as a cook to one of Philadelphia's elite families, Teresa is determined to start her life anew, and nothing--not even her boss's stuck-up (and far too handsome) son--is going to stand in her way.Read more...
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Teresa July has led a hard life, but now she has a chance to put her train robbing past behind her. Armed with a new job as a cook to one of Philadelphia's elite families, Teresa is determined to start her life anew, and nothing--not even her boss's stuck-up (and far too handsome) son--is going to stand in her way.
Madison Nance is sick of his mother taking in women from the wrong side of the tracks, just to see them turn on her generosity. That's why it's up to him to keep a close eye on Teresa's every move. At least, that's the only logical explanation for why he can't get the young woman out of his mind.
But when a woman from Madison's past threatens Teresa's future, the two reluctant lovers must join forces is they're ever going to have a chance at happiness.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 72.
- Review Date: 2007-03-26
- Reviewer: Staff
Taking two minor players from earlier novels (Something Like Love and A Chance at Love), Jenkins pulls together a clever story of crime, class, race and redemption in late 19th-century America. After Black Seminole Teresa July's bank robbing career is cut short by a three-year prison sentence, Teresa is released to the probationary care of the wealthy Molly Nance, a compassionate Philadelphia woman charged with turning the young, tempestuous bandit into a respectable 19th-century lady. For Teresa, forsaking her beloved leathers and pistols for dresses and manners is a small challenge compared to dealing with Molly's son, Madison. Heart-stoppingly handsome, this polished gambler-turned-banker regularly ignites Teresa's fiery temper with his arrogance. As Molly realizes how well suited the two are for each other, she conspires to keep throwing them together until they realize their own hearts. As the fish-out-of-water hijinks come to their apex, Jenkins turns the tables on her characters, throwing Molly and Madison in with Teresa's boisterous frontier clan just in time for a threat from Teresa's past to resurface. Jenkins's sassy heroines, well-drawn secondary characters and seamless incorporation of black history result in a fresh, winning historical. (May)
A bustling city in another century
Another vivid young woman animates Wild Sweet Love, the latest historical offering from the beloved and much celebrated Beverly Jenkins. Notorious train robber Teresa July was captured and spent three years in prison for the crimes she committed with her outlaw gang of brothers, Black Seminoles who live in the wilds of 1890s Texas. Now Teresa has been released on parole to the care of Philadelphia matron Molly Nance, who means to transform the intelligent and spiritedbut Western-roughgirl into a lady. Teresa isn't all that sure she wants to be a lady, but she does know she's finished with the outlaw life. She's also intrigued by Molly's polished son, Madison Nance, a banker who is involved in the growing political battle between people of color in the radical and conservative movements. This is a highly satisfying romance told against a fascinating and little-used backdrop.