by Barbara SamuelMay, 2007
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 spirited but Western-rough girl 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.