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Catching Moondrops

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"I knew that hateful hearts could simmer for only so long before boiling over. In May of 1938, that pot started bubbling."      It’s been two years since Jessilyn Lassiter last looked evil in the eye, but she knew … see full wiki

Author: Jennifer Erin Valent
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Date Published: October 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4143-3327-4
1 review about Catching Moondrops

Awesome historical with a satisfying ending

  • Sep 21, 2010
"Catching Moondrops" is a historical novel set in 1938 in Calloway, Virginia during a period of high racial tension. It's also an awesome story and a fast read. It's the third novel in the series, but you can easily follow it without having read the first two novels. However, the impact will be higher if you've followed Jessilyn's story from the beginning. The previous two novels are also very well written, so start with "Fireflies in December" and "Cottonwood Whispers."

The pacing and world-building were excellent. I was completely pulled into the story. The characters were engaging, realistic, and complex. They dealt with realistic struggles, like losing a best friend, wondering how the future will turn out, dealing with traumatic events, and standing up for the right thing even when it's dangerous. The tension was created by a number of "normal" worries and changes in everyone's lives with spikes of high tension when lives were in danger.

Sad things happen in this novel. It's mostly about dealing with the really hard things in life, like seeing hatred spill over to harm the innocent, why God doesn't bring immediate justice to wrongdoers if He's real, and what hatred and bitterness can do to a person's life.

Many of the characters were Christians and several tried to get Jessilyn to make peace with God. However, I think many non-Christians share Jessilyn's view, so they might enjoy this novel as much as Christians.

The ending was very satisfying. There was a very minor amount of fake bad language. There was no explicit sex. Overall, I'd highly recommend this well-written, clean novel.

I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.

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December 20, 2010
I always prefer to read the first in a series. It's really important for character development and helps you form an attachment for the later books. This one sounds really interesting. Great review as always, Debbie!
December 22, 2010
Thanks. I'm always happy to hear that one of my reviews has sparked an interest in a book.
December 22, 2010
Yeah, a lot of your reviews spark my interest. After that, it becomes a matter of when I will make time to read them, lol!
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