Publication Date: October 1, 2010
Genre: Christen Romance/ General Fiction
Series: Book 3
Reviewed for: Tyndale House Publishers
Book Blurb: Jessilyn Lassiter no longer has to convince people she’s not a child. Having just turned 19 in the summer of 1938, her love for Luke Talley has never been more real. And Luke is finally beginning to care for her in the way she’s always dreamed of. But their budding romance is interrupted when Tal Pritchett—a young, black doctor—comes to Calloway, stealing the heart of Jessilyn’s best friend, Gemma, and stirring up the racial prejudice that has been simmering just beneath the town’s surface. The tension starts to bubble over when Jessie’s elderly neighbor Miss Cleta becomes the first white townsperson to accept Tal’s treatment. And when a young black man is lynched, Calloway is brought to its knees once again as Jessilyn realizes that her anger can make her heart as full of hate as the klan members who have terrorized her town and her family.
My Thoughts: This is a book to get swept away in. Jessilyn is a character that appeals to the reader. When I received this book for review, I didn't realize that it was the third in the series. You will want to look for the first two books before reading this so you have a little more background to this story. You can however pick out the pieces and still enjoy the book if you decide to read this story alone.
This book touches a on a lot of subjects. Some may be harder for some readers to read as there is a lot of racial issues in this book. Putting that aside, this is a story you can fall in love with. The author really plays your emotions and knows what string to pull on your heart. I would recommend reading the first two however Fireflies in December, and Cottonwood Whispers.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves taking a trip back in history. This book is set in the 1930's and really captures what people were going through at this time. This book does have a romance in it, so if your one of those who loves reading about two people falling in love, this book is also a great choice for you.