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Home Sweet Henrico

Lighting your way to Home Sweet Home!

By Shannon Milligan | Agent in Richmond, VA

Richmond Authors: Jennifer Erin Valent

Richmond Authors: Jennifer Erin Valent


About a year ago I was given a book called "Fireflies in December" written by local Richmond, Virginia author Jennifer Erin Valent. That book stayed in my husband's car for literally a year. Those that know me understand that I LOVE to read. However, I rarely get the luxury of time to sit down with a good book. So, about once a year on our vacation I will cram in as many books as I possibly can and then wait another 365 days until I can get my fix again!


My family recently took a trip the Outer Banks in North Carolina (let me brag a second...we made it in just FOUR hours to Corolla!) for an entire week and I had "Fireflies in December" in hand and ready to depart into a world far from my own. And I have to say, from the minute I read the first chapter, I was hooked!


The book is about a thirteen year old girl, Jessilyn, growing up in the South during a time that I can hardly fathom. In a time where color mattered and cowards hid beneath robes and hats. In a time when a young "not-yet-a-woman" should know her place and her boundaries. Although the book has some very heavy moments that will haunt you and leave you asking "what would I do?" it also is a stunning portrayal of that first moment when we think we may be falling in love.


When I got to the final chapter, in just two days mind you, I was left feeling a little sad. Sad that it had ended. It is rare when I find a book that leaves me wanting more, just as The Help did. I happened to Tweet about how much I enjoyed this book and I was thrilled when the author, Jennifer Valent, Tweeted back to let me know there was not only a sequel to "Fireflies in December" but that in fact it was a trilogy of sorts.As it turns out, Jennifer Erin Valent couldn't let go of Jessilyn anymore than I could. I was thrilled!


So today I made a pit stop to our local Henrico County Library in Glen Allen and checked out the second book in the series, "Cottonwood Whispers." This time, however, I have no intention of waiting a full year to read it. I can't. I have to know what happens next! So, in between house showings, PTA meetings, and kid wrangling, I will be carving out a small slice of time each day to get lost for just a little while. Who's with me?!

Ready to enter into the world of Henrico County Real Estate or surrounding Richmond Real Estate? Then contact me, Shannon Milligan, at Home Sweet Henrico with Keller Williams Realty Richmond West and let me light your way to home sweet home!

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