This award-winning, coming-of-age gem by Jennifer Erin Valent recounts one farm family's struggle against racial bigotry in Depression-era Virginia. When Jessilyn's parents begin raising her best friend as their own daughter, this kindness toward a dark-skinned orphan triggers threats and violence. While teetering on the brink of womanhood, Jessilyn must learn to be a shining light in a dark world.
"Audie for Inspirational/Faith based but not"
Christy Award-winning author Jennifer Erin Valent concludes her critically acclaimed Calloway Summers trilogy with this compelling gem. In the summer of 1938, the dreams of 19-year-old Jessilyn Lassiter begin to come true when her long-time crush falls for her. But their budding romance is interrupted when a young black doctor comes to her small Virginia town, capturing the heart of her best friend and attracting the racial hostility that’s been simmering just beneath the surface.
Although Jessilyn and Gemma’s friendship has weathered the storms of heartache and prejudice, the turbulent summer of 1936 threatens to shatter the ties that bind. After the hit-and-run death of a little girl, Gemma’s explosive revelation could save an innocent man’s life—but not without jeopardizing the livelihood of Jessilyn’s family.