Friday, October 27, 2023

Review & Giveaway - - A Christmas to Remember

A Christmas to Remember
by Beverly Jenkins
A Blessings Novel
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: October 24, 2023
Reviewed by Santa

Ever since Bernadine Brown bought the town of Henry Adams, her relationship with diner owner Malachi “Mal” July has had its share of ups and downs. But now they’re finally ready to say “I do.”

Or are they? As wedding preparations go into full swing, and families both local and extended begin to gather for the festivities, that long awaited walk down the aisle hits a speed bump that may derail everything.

But Mal and Bernadine’s relationship isn’t the only one being tested.

Preston Mays aka Brain, loves his girlfriend as much as he does physics but when she decides being a couple is no longer a good thing, his heart is broken. Will connecting with his bio dad’s family ease his pain?

Reverend Paula Grant has been patiently waiting for God to send her someone to share her life. When the town’s charming new chef arrives in town, she wonders if he could be the one.

And then there’s former mayor Riley Curry who throws a parade with his hog Cletus! There’s always a lot going on in Henry Adams, and this will be a Christmas to remember.

Santa Says:

There is one word that encompasses A Christmas To Remember by Beverly Jenkins and that word is JOY. It’s not just because Christmas is in its title. It is because, as we once again drive into Henry Adams, Kansas, we are welcomed into a town where everyone is important to the very fabric of this town. It is a warm hug and cup of cocoa from the first page to the last.

A Christmas to Remember is the eleventh book in Ms. Jenkins' Blessings series. This book focuses on the impending nuptials of town benefactress Bernadine Brown and native son Mal July. These two have had some trials but are stronger and more in love than ever. They plan to share the rest of their lives and even though set in their own ways they are willing to create their own lives. It is great fun to see friends and neighbors far and wide coming together on Christmas Day to celebrate this couple.  See? Joy!

Young love and new love also have their stories here. Preston and Leah must work through their issues as they prepare to graduate and start their young adult journeys. Will they remain a couple or suffer heartache? Get ready to cheer for these two extraordinary young people. 

Even Reverend Paula Grant must allow herself some joy in this season. She selflessly looks out for her congregants without filling her own well. It takes the arrival of a handsome, caring newcomer Thornton Webb to perhaps start to let her guard down. Thornton has decided to make a fresh start and make Henry Adams his new home. He will be owning and operating his own restaurant. Here, too, joy is on the menu.

Treat yourself to this five star book. I highly recommend this series and, really, anything Beverly Jenkins puts her name to. A Christmas To Remember is one to be treasured. Grab yourself some joy!


Thank you, Santa! I'm a huge fan of Beverly Jenkins and eager to read this newest tale from Henry Adams.

Readers, have you read any books by Beverly Jenkins yet?

What brings you joy this time of year?

One randomly chosen person who posts a comment before 11:00 PM, November 1 will receive a hardcover copy of A Christmas to Remember.

*U.S. only

*Must be 18

Thank you to Avon Books for the giveaway!


  1. I am not sure how it has happened, but I have not read any books by Ms Jenkins. In fact, I am finding there are more and more authors who sound wonderful and I have missed them completely. This year, joy is a distant memory for me because of life events. But, normally music lifts me up. And I thank you for the review - this does sound like a series I will enjoy. And I have missed it just like a cross town bus. Thank you.

    1. I hope music and reading lift you up and bring joy back to you!

  2. I have read several books by Beverly Jenkins which are treasures. This book sounds wonderful, memorable and very special. I embrace this season since the beauty, and the people give me great happiness. Birthdays, Chanukah and family brings me joy and love.

    1. You are right. Ms Bev's books are treasures! Enjoy!

  3. Patricia Bennett BarberOctober 27, 2023 at 1:19 PM

    I hate to say, I've never read any of her books but I want to now!!!
    Family, fur babies

  4. Fur babies are the best! Enjoy!

  5. Being with family,especially my out of town brands and getting to have eggnog.

  6. No, I haven't ready anything by her yet. What brings me joy this time of the year is spending time with my family and making precious memories.

  7. I have one of her books in my TBR mountain, but have not read any by her yet. During the holidays I enjoy the atmosphere of joy and friendship. Visiting with friends and family we may not see often is a bonus. It is also nice to meet coworkers and co volunteers in a more relaxed, party atmosphere.

  8. Love her books. Family is so important and brings such joy to the holidays!

  9. I haven't read any of her books yet

    Rose Ward

  10. I love her books! The thing that brings me the most joy during the holiday season is spending time with friends and family!

  11. I love Beverly Jenkins! I’ve read a few of her historical romance novels, but I haven’t read any of her contemporaries yet. Great review, I’m looking forward to this one!