Strong character development strengthens the storyline and leaves the reader anticipating more novels, hopefully a sequel. Valent is a gifted author with a promising future.
The summer of 1936 is a time of great change for Jessilyn Lassiter and her best friend, Gemma Teague. Gemma's job with the Hadley family and her crush on Joel (who Jessilyn distrusts) threaten their friendship. Things go from bad to worse after a neighbor is killed. Gemma is distressed, and Jessilyn is sure she's keeping a secret. The truth could destroy Jessilyn's family farm. (TYNDALE, Oct., 350 pp., $12.99)
Leslie L. McKee