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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,806 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Niven Narrator: Jenna Lamia Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Velva Jean Series Release Date:
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Set in Appalachia in the years before World War II, Velva Jean Learns to Drive is a poignant story of a spirited young girl growing up in the gold-mining and moonshining South. Before she dies, Velva Jean’s mother urges her to “live out there in the great wide world.” Velva Jean dreams of becoming a big-time singer in Nashville until she falls in love with Harley Bright, a handsome juvenile delinquent turned revival preacher. As their tumultuous love story unfolds, Velva Jean must choose between keeping her hard-won home and pursuing her dream of singing in the Grand Ole Opry.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is not hard to enjoy the romance of images like the one that opens the book: a little girl, pondering questions of salvation, tucked up in bed under the tin roof of a narrow house, with the ‘high, lonesome cry’ of a panther in the background.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “It’s a touching read, funny and wise, like a crazy blend of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, a less morose Flannery O’Connor and maybe a shot of Hank Williams.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Selected for the August 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Denise | 2/14/2014

    " Loved it! Especially if you like reading about life in the Appalachian mountains "back in the day." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katy Tate | 2/6/2014

    " Velva Jean Learns to Drive is filled with descriptive characters who live on the mountain top during the Depression era while the Blue Ridge Parkway project was just getting started. Velva Jean is a country girl with big dreams of escaping mountain life in North Carolina to go to the big city. She wants to go to Nashville and become a singer at the Grand Ole Opry. Through every twist and turn it seems that Velva Jean is forced to live her life as others expect rather than follow her dreams. This is a coming of age tale that follows Velva Jean through family troubles, loss, love, and hardship. I found this book to be a very heartfelt and endearing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ann | 1/23/2014

    " would've been 3-1/2 but the ending redeemed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Amy | 1/18/2014

    " Velva Jean is such a fascinating character, but the story seemed to be too drawn out. If it would have moved along at a faster pace, I would have enjoyed it a bit more. I don't know if I'll read the second book, but the third one sounds fascinating. Maybe I'll skim the second one. "

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