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The summer of 1972 is the most pivotal of Matt Plumley's childhood. While his beloved Pirates battle for back-to-back World Series titles, Matt's family moves from Pittsburgh to Dogwood, West Virginia, where his father steps into the pulpit of a church under the thumb of town leader Basil Blackwood. A fish out of water, Matt is relieved to forge a fast bond with two unlikely friends: Dickie Darrel Lee Hancock, a mixed-race boy; and Jesse Woods, a tough-as-nails girl with a sister on her hip and no dad in sight.

As the trio traipses the hills and hollers, Matt begins to fall for Jesse, and their promises to each other draw him deeper into her terrifying reality. One night the wrath of the Blackwoods and the secrets of Jesse's family collide, and Matt joins Jesse in a rescue that saves one life and ends another and severs the bond of their friendship.

Years later Matt is pulled back to Dogwood and to memories of that momentous summer by news of Jesse's upcoming wedding. He could never shake the feeling that there was more to the story of that fateful night, and he's determined to learn the truth behind the only promise Jesse Woods ever broke.

©2016 Chris Fabry (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Growing up ... Dogwood style

Good characters, good story, well-read (I listened to audio version) . Got longer walks in, because I don't want to stop listening. Highly recommended!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A great read

this was a great read and a good lesson in life, sometimes we do things and we don't fully understand the repercussions of our actions, sometimes we make promises that really are harmful and not for the greater good. ...

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SUPERB!!!

Another winner by Chris Fabry! He is a superb writer, master story teller and his narration was wonderful. I was captured by this story from beginning to end and hated to see it end. I actually went back and listened to the last couple of chapters, finding it difficult to let go of this place and the people I had grown so fond of. I'd give this book more stars if I could. It will stay with me for a long time. Chris Fabry is one of my very favorite authors and I always want more! Don't miss this book.

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