Velva Jean

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 897 ratings

Velva Jean Learns to Drive Publisher's Summary

Set in Appalachia in the years before World War II, Velva Jean Learns to Drive is a poignant story of a spirited young girl growing up in the gold-mining and moonshining South. Before she dies, Velva Jean's mother urges her to "live out there in the great wide world".

Velva Jean dreams of becoming a big-time singer in Nashville until she falls in love with Harley Bright, a handsome juvenile delinquent turned revival preacher. As their tumultuous love story unfolds, Velva Jean must choose between keeping her hard-won home and pursuing her dream of singing in the Grand Ole Opry.

©2009 Jenniver Niven (P)2009 Penguin
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  • Book 1

    • Velva Jean Learns to Drive

    • By: Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
    • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 641
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 527
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 524

    Set in Appalachia in the years before World War II, Velva Jean Learns to Drive is a poignant story of a spirited young girl growing up in the gold-mining and moonshining South. Before she dies, Velva Jean's mother urges her to "live out there in the great wide world." Velva Jean dreams of becoming a big-time singer in Nashville until she falls in love with Harley Bright, a handsome juvenile delinquent turned revival preacher.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • If Jenna Lamia reads it, I'll listen to it!

    • By Susan on 12-17-09

    Regular price: $35.00

  • Book 2

    • Velva Jean Learns to Fly

    • By: Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated by: Emily Durante
    • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 125
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 111

    Velva Jean Hart, the fiercely independent heroine of Jennifer Niven's spectacular debut novel, Velva Jean Learns to Drive, returns in a captivating adventure that literally sends her soaring. Bristling at the limitations faced by a woman in rural Appalachia and fueled by the memory of her late Mama telling her to "live out there," Velva Jean hits the road to pursue her dream of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. But after a string of auditions, she begins to lose hope - until her brother pays her a surprise visit and treats Velva Jean to a flying lesson that ignites a brand-new dream....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I wish Jenna Lamia had narrated the entire series.

    • By Betsy on 11-14-14

    Regular price: $27.26

  • Book 3

    • Becoming Clementine

    • By: Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated by: Käthe Mazur
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    England, 1944. An American volunteers to copilot a plane carrying special agents to their drop spot over Normandy. Her personal mission: to find her brother, who is missing in action. Their plane is shot down, and only she and five agents survive. Now they are on the run for their lives. As they head to Paris, the beautiful aviatrix Velva Jean Hart becomes Clementine Roux, a daring woman on a mission with her team to capture an operative known only as Swan.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • narrator - she was fine but not nearly as good as

    • By Amanda Kaut on 09-16-17

    Regular price: $18.87

  • Book 4

    • American Blonde

    • Velva Jean, Book 4
    • By: Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated by: Laura Hicks
    • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 50

    A fearless and spirited pilot conquers Hollywood. Now can she survive movie stardom? In 1945 Velva Jean Hart is a bona fide war heroine. After a newsreel film of her triumphant return to America, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer promises to make her a star. They give her a new life story and a brand-new name. As "Kit Rogers", she navigates the movie sets, recording sessions, parties, staged romances, and occasional backstabbing that accompany her newfound fame.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • good series

    • By Judy on 05-13-17

    Regular price: $27.97