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?!
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