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Fireflies in December Christy Award winner Jessilyn Lassiter never knew that hatred could lurk in the human heart until the summer ofwhen she turnedWhen her best friend, Gemma, loses her parents in a tragic fire, Jessilyn s father vows to care for her as one of his own, despite the fact that Gemma is black and prejudice is prevalent in their southern Virginia town Violence springs up as a ragtag band of Ku Klux Klan members unite and decide to take matters into their own hands As tensions mount in the small community, loyalties are tested and Jessilyn is forced to say good bye to the carefree days of her youth Fireflies in December is thewinner of the Christian Writers Guild s Operation First Novel contest


About the Author: Jennifer Erin Valent

Jennifer Erin Valent is the 2007 winner of the Jerry B Jenkins Christian Writers Guild s Operation First Novel contest and 2010 Christy Award winner for Fireflies in December She lives in central Virginia, where she has worked as a nanny for over fifteen years A lifelong resident of the South, her surroundings help to color the scenes and characters she writes www.jennifervalent.com.http twitter.com JenniferEValenthttps www.facebook.com profile.php https pinterest.com jenerin76



10 thoughts on “Fireflies in December

  1. says:

    It s no secret that I often rate books not by plot but by how much I loved the characters I know that makes me somewhat of an emotional reviewer, making allowances for horrible plot holes because the characters were just so wonderful but I will freely admit to it This book, however, was not one in which I make allowances for problems with plot and pacing because of my love for the characters This book, with its wonderful cast of realistic characters, also had a perfectly paced, tightly craf It s no secret that I often rate books not by plot but by how much I loved the characters I know that makes me somewhat of an emotional reviewer, making allowances for horrible plot holes because the characters were just so wonderful but I will freely admit to it This book, however, was not one in which I make allowances for problems with plot and pacing because of my love for the characters This book, with its wonderful cast of realistic characters, also had a perfectly paced, tightly crafted plot And I loved it I loved every second of it Valent s depiction of the south in the summer of 1932 and the racial prejudice that existed during that time was well done Having already read the Shiloh Legacy a trilogy by Brock and Bodie Thoene I thought that this seemed, not necessarily watered down, but much milder Still, it was believable, and that s what counts in my book Secondly, oh my goodness, the characters I didn t rate this book for the characters alone, as stated above, but oh how I loved them They were amazing The way they interacted was funny and understandable Valent has an understanding for human behavior that impressed me very much Jessie is a little tomboy, gradually growing into a woman There were moments when she very much reminded me of a slightly older version of Scout Finch Not to mention that I may be just a teensy weensy bit in love with Luke Talley I don t care if he s six years older than Jessie, they must end up together MUST, I SAY Thirdly, the Christian message It was done perfectly It wasn t preachy or overdone, it was just softly woven in and I loved that I always cringe when Christianity comes over too loudly in a novel and just ends up seeming cheesy This book gets it right Jessie isn t a Christian, but she believes that God exists She just hasn t seen a need in her life for repentance I like when she s locked in a shed, afraid she s going to die and she says,But even as I sat in that dimly lit shed, I wasn t asking for salvation of my soul I was asking for salvation of my bodySometimes I think we all lose sight of the fact that it s not our body that will last for an eternity, it s our soulsJessilyn, ain t no man can t get someplace he never thought he d get to You let enough bad thoughts into your head, you can end up doin all sorts of things you never thought possible We best be on our guard and keep our minds on what s right and true so we don t become things we ll regret I m so happy my birthday is coming up soon, and I ll probably get at least one Barnes Noble gift card which I can blow on Cottonwood Whispers and Catching Moondrops I must have them I should buy the actual books, rather than the ebooks But I get ebooks instantly, and I don t know if I ll be able to wait an extra week waiting for the physical books to get to me But yeah, these books are worth buying the real thing They re phenomenal


  2. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here A great story, well developed Were it not for the obvious parallels to that novel, this story has the potential of being the To Kill a Mockingbird of our day That and the many anachronisms.If there was a 3.5 rating, I d give it but gave this debut novel the benefit of the split.The anachronisms Supposedly set in the rural south the Summer of 1932, the heroines isolated farm house featured electricity, indoor bathrooms, locking windows, electric lights and a liberal use of battery powered flas A great story, well developed Were it not for the obvious parallels to that novel, this story has the potential of being the To Kill a Mockingbird of our day That and the many anachronisms.If there was a 3.5 rating, I d give it but gave this debut novel the benefit of the split.The anachronisms Supposedly set in the rural south the Summer of 1932, the heroines isolated farm house featured electricity, indoor bathrooms, locking windows, electric lights and a liberal use of battery powered flashlights The feel even including the role of the Ku Klux Klan and the Federal involvement against it spokeof the 50s or 60s.The few times she gave sufficient details about the farming, she betrayed her ignorance of that subject also.Lest readers disbelieve thirteen year olds could be so stupid and willful, I suggest remembering oneself at that age.Note despite the protagonist being a thirteen year old girl, this is not suitable reading for children It probably is appropriate for teens.Don t let these negatives dissuade you This is an excellent book Well worth reading


  3. says:

    Man, reading this book made me feel hot I literally mean that It made me feel HOT It s set in southern Virginia in the 1930s ergo pre air conditioning , and it takes place in the summertime and I m not kidding when I say every single chapter comes up with some new and inventive way of mentally re creating the steam bath that is Deep South weather Really good descriptions Very atmospheric I liked that I also loved the interactions between the characters particularly Jessie and Gemma, Man, reading this book made me feel hot I literally mean that It made me feel HOT It s set in southern Virginia in the 1930s ergo pre air conditioning , and it takes place in the summertime and I m not kidding when I say every single chapter comes up with some new and inventive way of mentally re creating the steam bath that is Deep South weather Really good descriptions Very atmospheric I liked that I also loved the interactions between the characters particularly Jessie and Gemma, and then again Jessie and Luke Gemma is like the sensible older sister, the responsible kid who has to be yelling at Jessie every other minute to not do whatever it is she s doing CAN I GET AN AMEN HERE and Luke is adorable You and me, we gotta talk What for WHAT FOR Yep, I loved him The author did an excellent job making it clear how much he liked Jessie, without letting him seem at all creepy for it I mean, sure, he s older than her but it all stayed very innocent and appropriate and I appreciated this I m really looking forward to seeingof them as a couple later in the series even though my library doesn t have the rest of the books DARN YOU, LIBRARY The one thing I really didn t like was the fact that parts of this book made it feel like it was modeled after To Kill a Mockingbird Like, I definitely understand that any story about racial violence in the Deep South in the 30 s is going to have some broad similarities but I just felt like the similarities were a little too strong hereJessie s overall personality, the courtroom scene, Miss Cleta, the violent confrontation at the end, etc And maybe I wouldn t have been so bothered by that if TKAM wasn t my 3rd favorite book of all time but as it is, I m kind of sensitive on this point Sorry, guysI mean, you ve seen my profile picture and allP So yeah Overall, though, I thought this was a really good story especially for Christian historical fiction, which as you all know is a genre of which I am not terribly fond And I m definitely interested in checking outof the series and seeing how my ship turns out Luke Jessie forever 3


  4. says:

    Jessilyn Lassiter tells her tale of mishaps, struggles and discoveries during the summer of 1932 She s just turned thirteen and she finds trouble, or trouble finds her, just about every time she opens her mouth Her best friend is Gemma, a slightly older African American girl whose family lives on her daddy s farm All is as it should be in the south in the 30s, including segregation of the races, and everyone knows their place in the world That is until a freak lightning strike from a thunder Jessilyn Lassiter tells her tale of mishaps, struggles and discoveries during the summer of 1932 She s just turned thirteen and she finds trouble, or trouble finds her, just about every time she opens her mouth Her best friend is Gemma, a slightly older African American girl whose family lives on her daddy s farm All is as it should be in the south in the 30s, including segregation of the races, and everyone knows their place in the world That is until a freak lightning strike from a thunderstorm kills Gemma s parents, leaving her orphaned and alone in the world The Lassiters take Gemma into their home as a member of their family, and thus starts the insanity of bigotry and hate delivered by friends and neighbors Even now, nearly two generations later, I can t grasp why anyone would treat other human beings with such disdain, fear and hate Is it because I was raised in Kansas, where the fight to be admitted as a free state made bleeding headlines in national newspapers in the 1850s Or because I grew up with civil rights already a fact, albeit not equally applied, but definitely a step further down the road to freedom and tolerance This is a good first novel for Jennifer Valent I struggled a bit with the amount of dialog, and the southern colloquialisms, and I was breathless most of the time trying to keep up with a headstrong impulsive foolish thirteen year old girl withguts than sense


  5. says:

    This was very good It s a coming of age story about a 13 year old girl, set in the south during 1932 It s a fast paced read that deals with friendships, racism, the KKK, and a budding romance This is a series that should be read in order since it continues the story of the main characters life I already downloaded the next book and can t wait to read it.


  6. says:

    Though marketed as adult fiction, this is reallya coming of age novel than anything else The heroine, Jessilyn Lassiter, has had a somewhat sheltered childhood is rural Virginia However, in 1932, Jessilyn turns 13, and things really change Gemma, the daughter of a black couple employed by the Lassiters, is the sole survivor of a fire and after she loses her parents, Jessilyn s father declares that he will take in Gemma and raise her as his own.Not surprisingly for the time, this decisio Though marketed as adult fiction, this is reallya coming of age novel than anything else The heroine, Jessilyn Lassiter, has had a somewhat sheltered childhood is rural Virginia However, in 1932, Jessilyn turns 13, and things really change Gemma, the daughter of a black couple employed by the Lassiters, is the sole survivor of a fire and after she loses her parents, Jessilyn s father declares that he will take in Gemma and raise her as his own.Not surprisingly for the time, this decision unleashes a complete firestorm Reactions from the locals range from kindness to ostracism to outright violent hatred Through it all, Jessilyn and Gemma remain friends, but the trials faced by the family open Jessilyn s eyes to the real ugliness of racism and prejudice On the one hand, this book was a really eye opening read that told a much less sanitized than usual version at least way less sanitized than anything I learned in school of segregation history The book is told in first person through Jessilyn s eyes, and she is a very convincing 13 year old who is sometimes wise and sometimes immature beyond anything I d like to remember about myself at that age.While this book had some very good points, it also had some real rough spots,too Most of the dialogue employs a southern dialect that makes for frustrating reading The setting of the book, Calloway County, is not a real county in Virginia, but based on the descriptions, it sounds a lot like the Southside region of Virginia If that s the case, then I d say the dialect seems accurate for what I ve encountered there, but that doesn t make it any easier to plow through as a reader Parts of the story also feel a little contrived and overly predictable in places, which I found distracting Lastly, the story also started to drag for me about halfway through, and I think it s because the characterizations seemed a little simplistic This may be because we saw everything through Jessilyn s eyes and she s not the most perceptive heroine ever , but it still made for somewhat frustrating reading.Even so, I found this an interesting, if uneven, read Fireflies in December is inspirational fiction, but most of the inspirational content came from characters speaking of faith and justice in ways that reminded me very much of everyday conversations I ve heard in rural Virginia in real life rather than protracted scenes of stilted preaching One note of caution This book is grittier than most, and there are some graphic scenes of violence toward people and toward animals that some readers will find upsetting


  7. says:

    This book tells the story of a 13 year old girl growing up in the segregated south of 1932 The summer she turns 13 she learns new lessons in life when her family takes in her best friend who is black and suddenly orphaned She grows up a lot that summer as she faces discrimination and danger for her families actions It challenges us to not take for granted the advances we made or forget that there are those still filled with hatred and evil based on prejudiced.


  8. says:

    One of the best for me for 2012 If you like to Kill a Mockingbird and their strong characters, you will like this Fireflies shows the smallest light can bring forth what is good and true A story of Jessilyn and her family in the early 30 s who had a farm, who worked hard, loved their neighbors One of their neighbors house caught on fire and the family was killed except Gemma Jessilyn s family takes her in, however, because she is black, her family is outed by the community This story is ab One of the best for me for 2012 If you like to Kill a Mockingbird and their strong characters, you will like this Fireflies shows the smallest light can bring forth what is good and true A story of Jessilyn and her family in the early 30 s who had a farm, who worked hard, loved their neighbors One of their neighbors house caught on fire and the family was killed except Gemma Jessilyn s family takes her in, however, because she is black, her family is outed by the community This story is about how they pulled together by faith and what is good and true Because of the Klu Klux Klan, there are some thrilling moments in this story It goes to show that what other believe you believe may be different than what you know is right, however, it is love that is sacrificial that stands and is the firm foundation


  9. says:

    This is a beautiful book I got this book for free from the Tyndale Rewards program The cover grabbed me and so I knew I had to read it.I just loved it Very descriptive, bringing everything to life The story line is a sensitive one with the KKK at its heart, prejudice, hurts, fears ect The story took place in Virginia, the same state as I reside in I personally have even witnessed KKK flags and meetings in a small tucked away county and when seeing it, thought I was dreaming I couldn t bel This is a beautiful book I got this book for free from the Tyndale Rewards program The cover grabbed me and so I knew I had to read it.I just loved it Very descriptive, bringing everything to life The story line is a sensitive one with the KKK at its heart, prejudice, hurts, fears ect The story took place in Virginia, the same state as I reside in I personally have even witnessed KKK flags and meetings in a small tucked away county and when seeing it, thought I was dreaming I couldn t believe things like this still linger and go on today I am not going to go into the description of the book, but this is a must read Written very very well I give it 5 stars


  10. says:

    Found this book on my Kindle I checked later and it turns out I had bought this book six years ago Ooops I devoured it in one sitting last night, it was that good Jessie at thirteen is the kind of heroine I wish I was at any age She s so strong and courageous and I loved the relationship she has with her parents, Gemma and Luke LUKE YOU ALL LUKE Onto the next book now Thank goodness for e books from libraries, I don t have to wait.


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