Belle and the Beau

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Belle

After a grueling escape north, Belle Palmer is free, yet lost and alone. Separated from her father on the harrowing journey, Belle has nowhere to turn until she finds shelter with the Bests, the first free family she's ever known. For the first time in her sixteen years, Belle is able to express herself freely-except where her feelings for a certain dark-eyed young man are concerned.

The Beau

Daniel Best is headed for great things. Educated and handsome, at eighteen he is full of the promise and dream of his people, and is engaged to the prettiest (if the most spoiled) girl around. So when a bedraggled stranger arrives in his household and turns into a vibrant, lovely young woman, his attraction to her catches him entirely by surprise.

While Belle is determined to deny her feelings for him, Daniel is caught between his conscience and his infatuation with her. That the two belong together is undeniable, but that it could ever happen seems impossible.

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Beverly Jenkins is an African-American historical romance writer. She lives in southeastern Michigan with her husband and their two children. Born in Detroit, she graduated from Cass Technical High School and attended Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism and English Literature.

Ms. Jenkins has written eight books to date, for which she has received numerous awards, including two Waldenbooks Best Sellers Awards, a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times magazine for Best Western Historicals, and a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer's Guild.

Ms. Jenkins has been featured in many national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, People magazine, The Dallas Morning News and Vibe magazine. She has lectured at such prestigious schools and universities as Oberlin College, the University of Illinois, and the University of Michigan.

Beverly Jenkins's adult titles include Night Song, Vivid, Indigo, Topaz, Through the Storm, The Taming of Jessi Rose, Always and Forever and Before the Dawn.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 8 Up-In Jenkins's first young adult romance novel, Belle Palmer escapes from slavery in antebellum Kentucky and finds freedom in Michigan with the help of an abolitionist family. A former slave herself, Mrs. Best helps the reticent 16-year-old blossom into a confident young woman, while Mr. Best is the model of a man dedicated to family. Belle is soon drawn to Daniel Best, 18, who has an "intended," albeit a haughty one. With the passage of time, Belle learns to navigate her new way of life, and Daniel learns important lessons about when to let go and when to follow one's heart. Primary and secondary characters are well drawn. The novel is heavily punctuated with facts about African-American history, and, true to the genre, a happy ending follows the bittersweet story. This empowering tale is a great starting point for readers new to romances, but fans of the genre will not be disappointed.
Elaine Baran Black, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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