Ive heard the dead whisper.
Every time I tell my best friend Gemma that, she tells me Im crazy. But Im not crazy. The dead really can whisper, only it isnt their ghosts that do it. Its the memory of them.
The summer of 1936 is one that seventeen-year-old Jessilyn Lassiter will never forget. She had hoped to spend it getting a job andmore importantlyfinally catching the attention of Luke Talley, the young man she has loved from afar since she was 13.
But tragedy strikes when a cherished neighbor girl is hit by a car. Jessilyn is torn to pieces, especially when her gentle, elderly friend is accused of the crime. Shes sure hes innocent but discovers that the only way to prove it could jeopardize her familys survival.
Swept into a grown-up world she couldnt wait to be a part of, Jessilyn searches for answers until the actions of one man show her the beauty of sacrifice and the power of faith.
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1 . In the style of "To Kill A Mockingbird"
Posted February 17, 2010 by M.R. , Elizabethtown,KYAn excellent read! A hot summer in 1930's America, when predjudice was very high. This book captures the characters in great detail. You feel like you're right in the story with them. I highly recommend this book. Like the other reviewer said, it IS written along the style of "To KIll A Mockingbird". Suspense and romance. GREAT!!!
2 . A fine novel about growing up
Posted November 16, 2009 by Kevin Kim , St. AlbertWhen I saw this being offered free of charge for downloading in the Sony eBook Store, I didn't have that high expectations for this book. From the title to the synopsis, it looked more like another "Harlequin Romance" style rather than a fine literary piece with a serious theme such as racism in the 1930s.
Then, it didn't take that long for me to be hooked by this fine novel. How many readers would feel indifferent or bored by this first sentence?: "The summer I turned thirteen, I thought I'd killed a man."
It was a very fast and compelling read. It often felt like reading Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" all over again. Not only did the protagonists - Jessilyn and Gemma - look real, intimate and attractive, but also all the big and small characters looked real people with flesh and vein you saw in your own daily lives. I thought I could sympathize the good people's joy and sorrow; feel the sweaty and suffocating weather in Southern Virginia; and regard almost as mine the hardship and agony Jessilyn had to go through. It was indeed involving in storytelling, and beautiful in describing how the life in 1930s was panning out.
It might not be so successful in acquiring as many critical acclaims as "To Kill a Mockingbird", but I was certain that this novel would be remembered one of few "good" novels in my mind.
Tyndale House Publishers
August 31, 2009
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