The Ballad of Jessie Pearlby Shannon Hitchcock
Inspired by Shannon Hitchcock's family history, The Ballad of
It's 1922, and Jessie has big plans for her future, but that's before tuberculosis strikes. Though she has no talent for cooking, cleaning, or nursing, Jessie puts her dreams on hold to help her family. She falls in love for the first time ever, and suddenly what she wants is not so simple anymore.
Inspired by Shannon Hitchcock's family history, The Ballad of Jessie Pearl wraps you like an old quilt in the traditions, tastes, and dialect of rural North Carolina.
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It is a pleasure to read a book that chronicles part of my own life in the country. The book is exciting and uplifting. Thanks to the author for a wonderful book.
The Ballad of Jessie Pearl is a beautiful, moving, and compelling historical fiction story about the conflicts and heartaches of a young woman struggling to reconcile her loyalty to her family with her own dreams. Set in 1922, strong and independent Jessie must cope with the horrors and sacrifices of tuberculosis. She struggles and stumbles, but endures. In the end, both Jessie and the reader understand what it means to love and to hope in a world where life and death can never be taken for granted.