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Cottonwood Whispers Paperback – August 31, 2009
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A young girl's death, a mother's grief, an innocent man accused of murder . . . all only add to Jessilyn's warring emotions. Her heart cries for justice, but in 1936 Virginia justice comes too often in the form of a vigilante mob. Will Jessilyn's family survive another tumultuous summer?
In her follow-up to the award-winning novel Fireflies in December Jennifer Erin Valent had a tough act to follow. Aging a character isn't easy, but Valent's sophomore project is just as good as her first. She nails the dialect and mannerisms of southern Virginia with ease. We hear the accents perfectly without wading through phonetic gibberish. We feel the tangible struggles of a family surviving the lean Depression era.
Prejudice and its devastating consequences took front and center in Fireflies in December, and it's the theme here in Cottonwood Whispers as well. But this time it's not so much whites against blacks (though that's still a prevalent aspect), it's more about racism toward the simple, those who aren't like us, people who are different.Read more ›
The story takes place in 1936 in the deep south.
Little Gemma Teague has grown into a young teenager bound for trouble. She has been adopted into a white family after her parents died and her best friend is Jessilyn Lassiter. The girls have grown up together and experienced first hand prejudice in the small community where they live. Jessilyn's family raised her as their own daughter, overlooking many problems that rose during that time in American History.
Although Jessilyn warns her, Gemma falls for an older white man and sees him secretly as she works for his family, the well to do Hadleys.
A young girl is killed and no one knows who could have done it. The town is torn as a man is wrongly accused. Jessilyn discovers the truth but everyone is against her as she struggles to ferret out the real killer and bring justice to this small backward town who would just as soon lynch someone than to give them a fair trial.
Jessilyn turns to Luke Talley to help her find the real killer and try to regain her friendship with Gemma. In the process, Jessilyn finds herself even more attracted to the man who works for her father. Luke has become more than a friend.
Jennifer Erin Valent has captured the way things really were in America in 1938 in the deep South where strife and mixed feelings of right and wrong rose their ugly heads up in righteous indignation.
I loved this story where the "truth always comes out". There are no hidden secrets when exposed to the light of Christ.
Paulette L. Harris
Jessilyn's world comes crashing in when a sweet elderly friend is accused of the crime. After discovering who was actually responsible for the child's death, Jessilyn discovers that coming forward could lead to her father losing everything. Jessilyn is in the midst of discovering what it means to become a woman and questioning what kind of God allows these tragedies to happen to good people.
Many times an author has one great book in them, Jennifer Erin Valent has many. After reading the first sentence "I've heard the dead whisper," I knew I was not going to bed until I finished this page-turning book. Valent does a wonderful job in bringing her characters to life. Accented with deep southern language Valent has readers feeling like they can actually hear the frogs, cricket, and cicadas. Jessilyn's struggle to understand a God who allows bad things to happen is something many of us struggle with on a daily basis. The testing of faith, the testing of a friendship, and adapting to life's changes is what you will find while visiting the Southern town of Calloway.
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I've read this series three times. I love it with a passion. Jennifer Valent is a modern Harper Lee with Christian values. Buy this series.Published 1 month ago by Emily
Easily my new favorite book series.A beautiful and heartwarming story that I just couldn't seem to put down.Published 6 months ago by Liberty
Another great coming of age book by Jennifer Erin Valent. The characters are growing older and learning more about life and learning their role in life! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jamie Smith
I wasn't sure how the second book could be as good as the first, but it really was. Immediately I was transported back in time to Jessalyn's world and sucked into her traumatic and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by JR Beery
What a touching story! Our family read this series together. It touches places some middle class white families are not comfortable sharing with their children- outside of a... Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by Caster1103
This sequel was good. however, not as good as exciting as the the first book. I would recommend reading it and look forward to reading the final book.Published on May 29, 2014 by humberto bonfiglio
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as much as Fireflies In December. In Cottonwood Whispers, Ms. Valent continues the story of Jessalyn a young girl in the south. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Kindle Customer
This is the last book of a series of three. I am surprised that they have not become Best Sellers. Once you start it is difficult to put them down.Published on March 15, 2014 by James Riendeau