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- Book 2 of 2 in Coastal Chronicles (2 Book Series)
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And the historical details were amazing. I had read about the race to space, the Vietnam War, the draft, and all the controversy behind them all, but reading them lived out in the life of the Cole family was like living it out for myself. Jessie's excitement and disappointment about the astronauts and the space program became my excitement.
The family life details were woven in perfectly. The Cole family was far from the perfect family, but they all managed to get through their tough times together.
Though not blatantly and head bashingly Christian, there are definite Christian undertones throughout the entire book. Rebekah did a good job of weaving subtle Christian truths in "Jessie" without it becoming preachy.
There was one scene toward the end when I thought it might get a little steamy, but one of the characters stopped it from happening and stood up to his principles.
The only violence in the book is what is to be expected when four teenage boys are going to a new school with a bully.Read more ›
The story is set on the Space Coast in Titusville, Florida at the beginning of the United States space program. I could have known Jessie personally. I graduated from Titusville High School in the 60's just as Jessie did. I also stood on the banks of the Indian River with the view of the VAB in sight and watched in awe as each rocket and missile lifted into the sky feeling the thunder and excitement with thousands of spectators from across the world. I also knew families that were forced from their homes as the space program grew and took their land. I recognized the streets Jessie and his brothers walked on and am familiar with the struggles of large families during this time. I appreciated the hard work, determination and values of Jessie and his brothers. All this is to say that Rebekah Lyn truly did her research, her details were spot-on. I thought of the Cole family as people I knew and loved.
Although based on Jessie and his goal to be an astronaut, This book is so much more and a story for everyone. As I read the portion of the moon landing and moon walk, reliving it as they lived it, I found myself wanting to know where Jessie goes from here. I'll be waiting for the "rest of the story".
This is a beautifully and charmingly written book which has you routing for Jessie every step of the way. Rebekah Lyn has a great eye for detail and sucks us into the story through her immaculate research and masterful story telling. A pleasure from start to finish.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great reading of everyday life and how you place GOD in the forefront of all of the trials that they went through..Looking forward to reading more of your books..GOD BLESS YOUPublished 2 months ago by Gail
Enjoyed it very much, especially because I have lived in Titusville for 49 years so I am familiar with the area plus, retired from NASA. Well researched. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joseph L. Richardson
Though listed as YA, after completing this lengthy tale, I had a hard time believing a young adult would read it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by DU418
I enjoyed reading this book set in the early days of the Space Race. This is a good read, with well-developed characters, and a great step back into the not so distant past. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Debbie Leone
I eagerly purchased this book because I've been a nut about the space program since third grade (1966) and more recently have attended two shuttle launches in the VIP family... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Piccolo Kate
Great coming-of-age story about a great era in US history. I love that it's from the perspective of the young boy and his shows his love for the space program. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Susan
I am not surprised that this book won awards!! I heard the cicadas and the cardinals and saw the sand dunes and the seaoats as I journeyed through this story full of solid themes... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Melinda Matthews
*I received a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.*
Summary: Jessie Cole really, really wants to be an astronaut. That much is abundantly clear throughout the book. Read more
The era was the 1960's. America found itself in the space race, an extension of the Cold War, with Russia. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Beverly Lynnt
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