Cottonwood Whispers

Cottonwood Whispers

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by Jennifer Erin Valent
     
 

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In this sequel to Jennifer’s award-winning debut novel Fireflies in December, Jessilyn Lassiter and her best friend Gemma Teague have survived prejudice and heartache in their lifelong friendship, but the summer of 1936 threatens to tear them apart yet again. Gemma’s job with the wealthy Hadley family leads to a crush on their youngest son. But

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In this sequel to Jennifer’s award-winning debut novel Fireflies in December, Jessilyn Lassiter and her best friend Gemma Teague have survived prejudice and heartache in their lifelong friendship, but the summer of 1936 threatens to tear them apart yet again. Gemma’s job with the wealthy Hadley family leads to a crush on their youngest son. But Jessilyn’s insistence that he’s no good and that no rich white man would ever truly fall for a poor black girl like Gemma puts them at odds. Tragedy strikes when Jessilyn’s cherished neighbor girl is hit by a car and killed. Things get worse when an elderly friend is falsely accused of the crime, and the only way to clear his name is to put her family’s livelihood in jeopardy. For Jessilyn, this is a choice too hard to bear and she wonders where to turn for answers, especially when an angry mob threatens vigilante justice. Jennifer’s third book, Catching Moondrops, releases in Fall 2010. Tyndale House Publishers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781414333267
Publisher:
Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.83(d)

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Cottonwood Whispers 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
ASimplyEnchantedLife More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to pick up this book. It is book two in the Jessilyn Lassiter series by Jennifer Erin Valent and picks up several years after the events in the first book, Fireflies in December. I can’t brag on this series or on this author enough. She’s one of the authors that connects with her fans on social media and is so open and inviting that it really makes you want to read her books—and if you haven’t? You really should! These books capture the heart of the Deep South in a time when prejudice ran deep and weaves a tale of hope and faith in times of adversity. About the Story: The year is 1936 and Jessilyn Lassiter is turning seventeen years old. Her best friend is a black girl which is highly unusual for the time period. Of course there is a back story to this friendship and it all began with deep prejudice, threats and fear as the family lived under the watchful eyes of local Klan members. Things have greatly improved but change is slow in coming and things are still difficult at times for the Lassiter Family. When Gemma starts working for the Hadley family she takes a brief interest in Joel Hadley. Jessi knows from the get-go that something isn’t right about this situation. Gemma becomes distant and withdrawn which brings further worry to Jessi. When tragedy strikes the town and an innocent man is accused of committing a terrible crime—Jessi turns her suspicions to Joel Hadley and she is determined to find out the truth behind Gemma’s secrecy so that she can save the accused, Mr. Poe. Now, Mr. Poe isn’t like everyone else—they say he’s “special” and it doesn’t take much variation from the normal for people to become suspicious. This book was so heart wrenching and the characters were incredibly well written and loveable. I especially loved the simple wisdom in Mr. Poe and the trust in the Lord that Miss Cleta possesses. I think the best quote in the entire book was said by Miss Cleta and it was a calm reminder for me to put my worries in the Lord. “Hear that breeze?” She closed her eyes and a sweet smile spread out across her face. “It’s like the breath of God washin’ over me, stealin’ away all my worries, whisperin’ precious words.” This book was absolutely fantastic. I can’t brag enough on it or on the words of wisdom within the pages. Oh, and before I forget to mention it—there’s also a budding romance in this story that is absolutely sweet and realistic. I can’t wait to pick up book three of this series!
FindingBeauty More than 1 year ago
About Cottonwood Whispers A while ago, Tyndale Blog Network sent me the book Cottonwood Whispers by Jennifer Erin Valent. I hate to say it, but it kind of got lost and I just ran across it again this past week. So, I FINALLY had a chance to read it. Cottonwood Whispers is the follow up story to the award winning novel, Fireflies in December. Valent does a fine job capturing the turmoil of the time and her writing is beautiful and true to life. Synopsis of Cottonwood Whispers Cottonwood Whispers takes place in 1936 Virginia, a time and place still deeply rooted in prejudice. The story centers around 17 year old Jessilyn, her best friend Gemma (who was raised by Jessilyn’s white parents), Jessilyn’s relatiship with Luke Talley, and the death of a young girl. The summer of1936 finds Gemma pulling away from Jessilyn. This sets Jessilyn adrift. Not to mention that her relationship with Luke Talley has become awkward and confusing. When a little girl is killed, the town is split apart and an innocent man is wrongfully accused of the child’s death. Jessilyn works to discover the truth and bring the real killer to justice. She must find the truth before the town’s vigilante mob hangs the wrong man. Meanwhile, Jessilyn discovers Gemma’s secret. She has fallen in love with an older white man, whose family she works for. My thoughts on Cottonwood Whispers Cottonwood Whispers transfers you back to a time with the deep south was rife with hate and prejudice. Not just against blacks, but also against anyone different. Valent’s story is authentic to the time and rich in historic detail. I really enjoyed the book and loved the character of Jessilyn. My only issue is that you really need to read the first book, Fireflies in December, to fully understand some of the plot lines. I hadn’t read the first book yet, and I got a bit confused until I was better able to familiarize myself with the characters and plot. Regardless, I would highly recommend Cottonwood Whispers and look forward to reading more from Jennifer Erin Valent. NOTICE: Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this item free from the creator. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Liberty421 More than 1 year ago
Not as great as the first, but yet I enjoyed it.
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