Friday, August 20, 2010

Catching Moondrops by Jennifer Erin Valent


Set in the 1930s in Virginia, Catching Moondrops by Jennifer Erin Valent tells the story of friends battling the trap of racism and hatred in their small town. Jessilyn and Gemma have recently turned nineteen and are enjoying their budding romances. However, the racial prejudice in their town disrupts everything and causes everyone to look at what's really important in their lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed Catching Moondrops. The story is well-written and there's a great blend of romance, regular life, and tragedy. I loved the way the author wove faith and hope throughout the novel as well. Every character lived out their life in relation to their faith - whether they had a solid faith in Christ or not. And those who were devout Christians repeatedly shared their faith with Jessilyn as she walked around her journey to faith.

About halfway through, I realized that this was actually the conclusion to a trilogy. There were several references to things that happened in the past, but I didn't have any trouble filling in the gaps. I look forward to reading Fireflies in December and Cottonwood Whispers. I definitely recommend Catching Moondrops!

5 stars (out of 5)

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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