Catching Moondrops was the third in this series and I was so enthralled by the characters I was let down when I finished the book!
My only complaint would be that the portrayal of Jessilyn's "conversion" to Christ was dramatic but lacked definition, so that the reader may be left quite confused as to how to accept the salvation Jesus offers.
I thought this was a very good read. I did not realize that it was the third in a triolgy though, and I think it would have been helpful for me to read the other books first. It took me a while to figure out who everyone was. Some events from the other books were referred to, and while I don't know exactly what happened, I was able to get the basic gist. It took me a while to get into all the "southern talk" but once I got settled into the story, I was drawn in. Reading the book alone, I thought the love story jumped in way to strong, too fast, but If I'd have read the others, it probably wouldn't have seem that way. I thought the storyline was excellent though and I would recommend the read!
Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for a free copy of this book to review.
Teenaged Jessilyn Lassiter and her best friend, a young Negro girl named Gemma, pitch in, like everyone, to help on their small-town Virginia farm, and struggle, like everyone, to make a living. Still, the two young women find time to catch fireflies and moondrops and wonder when Luke Talley will make his intentions known with Jessilyn.
Peace, always tenous with the Klan suspiciously eyeing the Lassiter family for housing a Negro, disintegrates when a young--and handsome--Negro doctor, Tal Pritchett, comes to town. Soon Genna isn't the only one in the Lassiter house with a boyfriend...and big problems.
Racism sets off vandalism, fistfights...and Klan meetings under a blood-red moon. Tempers boil, as does hate. When a family friend hangs from the noose, will Jessilyn be eaten up by the consuming evil that threatens her love...her life?
This Southern girl loved Catching Moondrops from the first page. Valent captures the creaky porch swings, the muggy nights...the insidious racism that produced strange fruit during this era below the Mason-Dixon line. Valent's third-in-a-series packs two satisfying romances and will inspire you to purge prejudice and revenge from your soul.
Catching Moondrops will change your heart. Forever.
I read Fireflies in December last year and LOVED it. When I read Cottonwood Whispers I said to myself, "this one can not be as good as Fireflies in December." It was. Then when I read Catching Moondrops I said the same thing. Yet it was again. These books are now my favorite books! I have read all of them at least twice over. As a matter of fact, I finished Catching Moondrops and then picked it up again!
In this book, you can feel the anger burning in Jessilyn Lassiter's heart. You can feel the fear when she stares straight in the eye of the KKK. You can touch her love when she looks at Luke. This book takes you to a whole different world. It made me laugh, and it made me cry. Everything is wrapped up perfectly. I was so afraid that I would not like the ending (I don't like a lot of endings :D) but Jennifer Erin Valent is one talented author.
You will not regret reading this book. Even if this book was twice its price I would buy it! I have already recommended it to a few friends, that's how good it is! I actually talked about it for an hour with my sister(I told her she HAD to read it). ;)
I will be looking forward to more books by this author in the future. Please don't keep us waiting long! I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. ;)
Jennifer Erin Valent's voice is so amazing in this book! All of the teasing the characters did toward each other and the southern sayings sprinkled throughout the book were adorable, too. In fact, I enjoyed the "voice" in the beginning so much that I read the first chapter out loud to my husband on the way to Church on Sunday. Less than four days later I'd finished the book. That's a good story. I would've finished even sooner, but I had to work. Anyway, I loved the dialog in this book because it planted me solidly in the setting. I could literally hear the characters talking in my head as I was reading.
There were so many things to love about this story. I thought it was awesome that even though it's the third book in a series, you can read it without having to read the previous books. I haven't read them and I didn't get the sense that it was necessary to enjoy this book because the facts were touched on enough to give you a sense of history with the characters. I loved how there was danger, intrigue, and heart pounding romance in this novel. There was also a great lesson in the story about what it means to really know Jesus compared to knowing about Him because you were raised going to church.
I appreciated the message that Jesus and hate can't live in the same heart. That was shown so well in the story! I also cried through a few of the chapters toward the end. The situation at the funeral was so beautiful that it really moved my heart. I loved how Jessie realized that one of the things that made the people she cared about so beautiful to her was their faith in Jesus. That was a nice touch and so very true.
Jessie's faith journey was genuine, honest, and realistically portrayed. Her insight into the darkness in her own soul was powerfully written. There were a few things that were vividly described and thus made me cringe, but it was necessary to appreciate the situation the characters were in. Some things just don't feel right when they are glossed over - like prejudice in the south. Thankfully the author didn't gloss over anything. This book was awesome on so many levels that I could go on and on. It's making my best fiction for 2010 list.