The Lassiter family faces deep-seeded prejudice in this coming of age story. Despite the dangers, the Lassiter's are determined to do what's right in the eyes of God. As the author so adeptly writes, "That's what God expects us to do. We're to be lights in the dark, cold days that are this world. Like fireflies in December." "Fireflies in December" is a great debut novel. The opening line grabs your attention and the compelling story line keeps you engaged until the very end. Fireflies will appeal to both teens and adults alike. Whether youre already a fan of historical fiction or youre new to this type of novel, you wont be disappointed!
Im very glad I got the opportunity to read this book. I did this by getting my hands on an advanced readers copy. Jennifer gained the opportunity to publish her book by accomplishing the feat of winning the Christian Writers Guild 2007 Operation First Novel contest. Get ready for her first ever released novel, Fireflies in December. The book was charming and very pleasurable to read, and you are about to find out why. Set in the year 1932, Fireflies in December focuses on a 13 year old named Jessilyn Lassiter. When her best friend, a black girl named Gemma Teague, loses her parents in a fire, Mr. Lassiter vows to take Gemma in. Unfortunately, the people of the southern Virginia town are seemingly appalled by the fact that a white family would take in a black child. This results in much rejection and hatred toward the Lassiters. To make matters worse, a secret group of members from the Ku Klux Klan take increasingly serious threats toward the Lassiter family. The characters of the book are extremely well done, and youll almost be able to see them interact right before your eyes. The details are just right; not so prevalent that they become repetitive and boring, but prevalent and vivid enough so that they draw you right in to the story. The plot is very well done, and Im sure that if you like a good fiction book with action and humor, you will enjoy the story. These three vital elements together make for a story like no other.