Catching Moondrops by Jennifer Erin Valent
Jessilyn Lassiter and her best friend Gemma have seen a lot of hurt and hate over the span of their young lives in Calloway, Virginia. So when a new black doctor arrives in town, they know there's sure to be trouble stirred up if he starts treating white folks, and the racial tension starts rising. Jessilyn has much to learn about the human heart, both in love and hate.
I enjoyed the setting of Calloway. The author's use of southern drawl dialogue was enjoyable and easy to read. I felt like I was in the south. She managed to sweep me away with Jessilyn and Luke, causing me to forget all about the trouble brewing with the Klan, and then suddenly I'd be caught off guard by a turn in the story.
I truly appreciated this book because, although there was romance, it was innocent. The scene dealing with a lynching was subdued as well, without being over the top in description. I don't believe we need too much information to understand what occurred or to grasp the full emotion of the characters. It was handled well.
I would find the book challenging for both Christians and unbelievers. It challenged me spiritually, and I think this would be a good book to share with an unbeliever who has heard the gospel but is uncertain about what it means. The spiritual challenges wove in nicely with the story. I didn't feel it to be abrupt.
I highly recommend this book! I loved it, and I anticipate reading more novels by Jennifer Erin Valent. She stole my heart and exceeded my expectations with this story.
Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book for review purposes. This review is solely my opinion, and I was not required to write a favorable review.