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Jessie (Coastal Chronicles Book 2) by [Lyn, Rebekah]
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The Coastal Chronicles is a series of stand alone novels which celebrate the unique character of coastal communities. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 3333 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Real Life Books & Media; First edition (July 15, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 15, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LUD0BPA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More than a simple coming-of-age story, this is a poignant reminder of a time our nation was both united and fractured. I never knew about the displacement of the Florida families, but they seem to symbolize the sweeping changes overwhelming us in the sixties. Here in Houston we appreciate both the dreams and the disappointments of the space program. We can only hope and pray for a new vision. Thank you, RL.
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When I first started to read "Jessie", I was thinking that the book would be a nice, easy read with some good historical information about the time Jessie lived in and that would be that. Boy was I shocked to find out just what kind of book it was. Rebekah Lyn took her book and made each and every character seem truly alive. I wanted to meet all four of the Cole boys just so I could actually see them in person. I wanted to take Mr. Cole by the scruff of his neck and tell him to shape up and fast before he completely lost all respectability.

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.

The worldview:
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.

Sexual Content:
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.

Violence:
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.
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I had to give Jessie 5-stars, if for no other reason than it is a great coming-of-age story. I loved the story - I was fortunate to read an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) and although not my normal genre, I truly enjoyed the story. Why? The story takes place just a few years later than my youth, about 5 years, and Rebekah Lyn was able to grasp the innocence and reality of the period. If you have a young man - 11 to 17 years of age - this novel should appeal to him. Girls will enjoy the tale, also, but most boys don't want to read and this novel should grasp their imagination and perhaps even give an incentive to excel in school. There is a little space cadet in each of us and Rebekah Lyn surges it to the surface, even 40+ years later (me) by making sure the interest level is covered on several topics. You won't be bored unless you pass this book up... and you'll be making a mistake. A great book to give to your child, or your grandchildren... or even yourself. Rebekah Lyn has taken it to the stars with this one.
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A good book gives its readers a full range of emotions. Jessie is a good book!! I laughed and I cried. There was fear, bitterness, disappointment, bullying. There was also love, hope, forgiveness and pride. All these and more beautifully woven into the story of teenager Jessie Cole, his three brothers and their family.

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".
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With an alcoholic father and a stressed and overworked mother it's no wonder that Jessie dreamed of a better life. What is a wonder, however, is his tenacity and ambition. Jessie wants to join in with NASA's space race to walk on the moon.

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.
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