Josephine and the Soldier (An Avon True Romance) by Beverly Jenkins
Reading level: Young Adult
Josephine Best has it all figured out. Just seventeen, she's been to college, she has her own hairdressing shop, and she refuses to be distracted by any of that courting nonsense. At least until nice George Brooks begins to pursue her. Jojo isn't looking for romance, but she permits George to call on her. The Soldier Adam Morgan has always been a Casanova, and no girl is immune to his charm. But when he comes home wounded from the War Between the States, it's a girl he used to call "Pest" who's turning his head.
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All grown up, Jojo is being courted by another soldier, and Adam knows it would be foolish to play with her heart. Even so, he just can't get the headstrong young lady off his mind.
For her part, Jojo can't deny her growing feelings for Adam. But he's always been such a flirt -- he can't possibly be serious about her. Besides, she has George falling all over himself to please her. As the war rages on, Adam's feelings for Jojo grow stronger, but Jojo's determination to resist him does, too. One thing is clear, though: Jojo is a girl who always gets what she wants, sometimes in spite of herself.
About the Author
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