Book Review of ’Cottonwood Whispers’ by Jennifer Erin Valent

An absolutely enjoyable novel set in the deep south with interwoven themes of racism, young love, strong families, and friendship.

This is the sequel to Fireflies in December and again focuses on Jessilyn Lassiter, now 17 years old entering the grown up world  with all its complexities.

Her best friend, Gemma Teague, is engaging in some questionable behavior that has stretched their friendship forcing Jessilyn to deal a long hot summer without company.

The boy that rescued her from drowning in Fireflies in December appears in this novel as well. Now that Jessilyn is all grown up, what will that mean to their relationship? Jessilyn is learning to pull things from her ‘bag of womanly tricks.’

And now, the town has lost a child to an automobile accident resulting in another death as well and the blame has fallen on Elmer Poe, a remarkable character that quickly became my favorite.

Though this novel is set in 1936, teenage angst is alive and well in the little town of Callaway.

Well written especially the dialogue. I live in the deep south so the I could identify with all the colloquialisms but still smiled as I read them.

A wonderful portrayal of faith in many of the characters which is always a pleasure to read. Strength and courage are heralded and admired in many of the characters and made this novel a simple joy to read.

Cottonwood Whispers

By Jennifer Erin Valent / Tyndale House

# Paperback: 352 pages
# Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; 1 Original edition (August 17, 2009)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 1414333269
# ISBN-13: 978-1414333267

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