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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,999 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Erin Valent Narrator: Kate Forbes Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This award-winning, coming-of-age gem by Jennifer Erin Valent recounts one farm family’s struggle against racial bigotry in Depression-era Virginia. When Jessilyn’s parents begin raising her best friend as their own daughter, this kindness toward a dark-skinned orphan triggers threats and violence. While teetering on the brink of womanhood, Jessilyn must learn to be a shining light in a dark world. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “With expressive descriptions and credible characters…Valent shines an awareness on the racial tensions in the South in the 1930s and its impact on innocent children.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “Valent’s debut is both heartwarming and hand-wringing as it shows how one family endured the threats small and large of a prejudiced community while maintaining moral integrity…The book stares down violence and terror, making its affirmation of surprising goodness believable.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Kate Forbes is perfect as the hot-tempered, determined young teen. She reads with a backcountry Southern accent, conveying Jessilyn’s pain as she is shunned by adults and children, her anger and fear as she is terrorized by the Ku Klux Klan, and her joy as she finds worthwhile friends and a deeper faith. Forbes never breaks character as she keeps the suspense and intensity going in hushed, somber tones. Some scenes and words are difficult to listen to, but Forbes’ compelling narration makes it impossible to stop.”


  • “Valent has created a darkly evocative historical novel that boldly explores the divisive effects of unreasoning hatred, greed, and fear on a community already struggling with the economic and racial tensions caused by the Depression and exacerbated by the Ku Klux Klan. As these forces impact one family, childhood innocence is lost, but Valent’s characters also experience the affirmation of a deeper, more lasting faith.”


  • “Forbes’ reading authentically depicts the characters’ Virginia accents; she tightens her tones and quickens her pace during scenes of threats and violence…She is especially adept at portraying Jessilyn’s father, a thoughtful man whose soft-spoken words suggest the iron will that fortifies his faith in justice and equality. An evocative historical novel.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the 2010 Christy Award for Best First Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Meagan | 2/20/2014

    " I might even go so far as to give this on 4.5 stars. It had a similar feel to "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Secret Life of Bees" along with some nice inspirational quotes comparable to "I'll Watch the Moon". Basically, this book was a nice mix of a lot of different books that I really like. It was a great story and had some uplifting and humorous moments despite the heavy topic at hand of the KKK and life in the south during the 1930's. As Brook already mentioned, it is nice and clean and I would recommend to anyone looking for a nice coming-of-age story. This would be a good one for our book club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dave | 2/17/2014

    " listened to this one on a long road trip with my wife. Coming of age story about a young girl of 13 in the South. Good plot and characters, Christian values, moral lessons about racial prejudice and KKK terrorism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Danielle | 1/26/2014

    " Free kindle book that I really enjoyed!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by MaryK | 1/26/2014

    " David & I drove to Cleveland this weekend and I picked this book from Audible.com to listen to on our drive. We both really enjoyed this book. It took place during prohibition in the south. It is a story of a family that takes a young black girl that is taken in by a white family after her parents die in a fire. It involves a christain town that shuns them and the KKK that terrorizes them. One of the thoughts I had as I was reading this--Let's intrchange gay/lesbian for the negroe. How would that read today? It was a loving christain family (the exception) that adopted Gemma into their family. hmmmmm? "

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