Catching Moondrops by Jennifer Erin Valent is the third book in the Calloway Summers series about the Lassiter family in 1930s Virginia. Jessilyn Lassiter has finally reached womanhood and her hope to make Luke Talley fall in love with her has finally come true after being in love with his for six years. Her stepsister, Gemma, who is black and was adopted after her parents were killed in a fire, has lost her heart to the new doctor, who stirs up anger in the town when he dares to treat a white woman. Racial prejudice is always simmering beneath the surface in Calloway, but this summer they will explode with the resurgence of the Klan and cause unspeakable tragedy. Jessilyn is filled with anger and bitterness toward the bigots and may lose what she loves most if she refuses to forgive. Valent is a fresh and fantastic talent in Christian fiction. Her writing is both faith-filled and literary. Jessilyn is a delightful character. The stubbornness and smart mouth that were amusing as a child have matured into a woman who occasionally allows her anger to get the best of her, but whose dialogue is a joy to read. Valent's writing rings incredibly true; the series feels more like a memoir than fiction.
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Jessilyn Lassiter no longer has to convince people she’s not a child. Having just turned 19 in the summer of 1938, her love for Luke Talley has never been more real. And Luke is finally beginning to care for her in the way she’s always dreamed of. But their budding romance is interrupted when Tal Pritchett—a young, black doctor—comes to Calloway, stealing the heart of Jessilyn’s best friend, Gemma, and stirring up the racial prejudice that has been simmering just beneath the town’s surface. The tension starts to bubble over when Jessie’s elderly neighbor Miss Cleta becomes the first white townsperson to accept Tal’s treatment. And when a young black man is lynched, Calloway is brought to its knees once again as Jessilyn realizes that her anger can make her heart as full of hate as the klan members who have terrorized her town and her family.