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Catching Moondrops (Jessilyn Lassiter #3)

4.43 of 5 stars 4.43  ·  rating details  ·  564 ratings  ·  75 reviews
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 Je ...more
Paperback, 370 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Melissa Frye
Some books set a standard so high that all others to follow seem mediocre in comparison. Jennifer Erin Valent has given us yet another of those books, Catching Moondrops.

We continue our journey with Jessilyn Lassiter and her family in the third of Valent’s trilogy. She is now nineteen – a woman full grown, and Luke Talley has finally begun to notice her. Gemma too has a new beau, Tal Pritchett – a black doctor who sets up shop in the town of Calloway.

Racial prejudice is still very much alive i
Susan Crowe
I absolutely loved this series and hated for it to end. At the end of each book I would literally sit and just bask in the afterglow. Such beautiful heartwarming stories.
Nora St Laurent
I was captivated by the first two books in this series, Fireflies and Cottonwood Whispers, and anxiously awaited the review copy of Catching Moondrops - the last installment. I couldn’t wait to be reunited with the characters I had grown to love.

Jennifer Erin Valent has masterfully written a series about a turbulent time in American history through the eyes of a child. Her characters are authentic and grabbed my heart from the beginning. I enjoyed hanging out with them in all three books and won
Even though this series is considered 'Christian Fiction' I was willing to read them because I was more interested in the story of Jessilyn growing up in the 1930s in the South. The first book starts when she's 13, the second when she's 17, and this one when she's 19. I enjoyed her character in the first two books so much that I couldn't wait to read this book.

I understood Jessie's journey away from religion and Jesus because of the horrible acts (including her own attempted murder) she'd witne
Loved it, as I knew I would! I can't get enough of Jennifer! Girl, you did a wonderful job!! As long as you continue to write, I'll be buying!! :)

To appreciate this book you must read Fireflies In December and Cottonwood Whispers! Believe me, ya'll won't regret it!
Oct 17, 2010 Renee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Renee by: First Wild Card
These past few weeks I've read a lot of Christian fiction and most of it has been hard hitting, get you in the gut type reading and Catching Moondrops is no exception. I was amazed by how easily I got into this book despite having not read the first two books in the series. I immediately felt a connection to Jessilyn, a 19 year-old girl living in 1930s, small town Virginia and I wish I had Fireflies in December and Cottonwood Whispers to read right now!

The authenticity of small town life was th
Oct 18, 2010 Theresa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens through Adult
Recommended to Theresa by: FIRST

This is a powerful book bringing to life segregation in the 1930's. Taking place in Virginia, Jessilynn's family took in her best friend, Gemma, when Gemma's parents were killed. It didn't matter to the family that Gemma was black, only that she was a girl that needed a family. Others in the area felt differently.

Jessilynn was an outspoken young woman, who believed that blacks had as much right as anyone else, and voicing her opinions got herself into trouble on more than one occasion. She was a
"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-buil
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“I’d grown quite fond of the wind since Miss Cleta had taught me the secrets of it. “It’s the breath of God, Jessilyn,” she’d say, lifting her face to greet it. “Just listen to it talkin’ to your soul.”
― Jennifer Erin Valent, Catching Moondrops

With wonderful quotes like that it isn’t hard to see why I loved this series so much. The characters are also likeable and they make you want to read about them. You'll want a peaceful resolution but I don't think I can put into words the powerful event t
Clockstein Lockstein
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 w ...more
Well folks, maybe I’ll finally get some sleep and complete some long delayed projects now that I’ve finished the Calloway Summers Series. I have enjoyed this series so much, and I’ve had a hard time putting each of the three books down. It was a delight to read well-crafted fiction that caused me to think instead of just being entertained. Valent once again rose to the occasion, and I was not disappointed. I don’t think you will be either.

The Story

Now a young woman of nineteen, Jessilyn is ho
5 stars for this book, 5 stars for the trilogy. I will review the whole trilogy in this space. (Actually, disregard the word trilogy. Jennifer Valent, if you're reading this, I certainly wouldn't be averse to reading more books about Jessilyn Lassiter.) My review may be slightly spoilery, but I don't believe you'll read too much here that you couldn't read on the backs of the books.

The books follow the teen years of our heroine, Jessilyn Lassiter, taking place in 1930's Virginia. Jessie, a white
This was a well written book on a very real subject prejudice. I can't imagine living with the fear of the klan coming and burning a cross in my front yard or killing someone just because of there colour but this is what Jessilyn and her family and whole community live with every day. Jessilyn and Gemma are friends with one is white and one is black and this causes issues. Things have been simmering in the community for many years and come to a head. A new doctor comes to town who is black and t ...more
Many years have passed since Jessilyn Lassiter twiddled her days away playing with dolls. All grown-up at the age of nineteen, she is ready to face the world and the challenges it may bring. Madly in love with her beau Luke Talley, she lives with the hope that one day soon they will become husband and wife. If only he would come to realize that they would make the perfect pair. Patiently she waits for her dream to come true.

When a black doctor named Tal Pritchett arrives in town, Jessilyn’s near
Jennifer Erin Valent's voice is so amazing in this book! All of the teasing the characters did toward each other and the southern sayings sprinkled throughout the book were adorable, too. In fact, I enjoyed the "voice" in the beginning so much that I read the first chapter out loud to my husband on the way to Church on Sunday. Less than four days later I'd finished the book. That's a good story. I would've finished even sooner, but I had to work. Anyway, I loved the dialog in this book because i ...more
I wouldn't be able to stand it if I had read the previous two books in this series without reading its conclusion. And this one is all I had hoped for it to be—resolving loose ends in love and faith, and strengthening the family and community ties.

Prejudice still runs rampant in Calloway, and Jessilyn learns more about herself than she previously understood. She's not the same girl she was before—at nineteen years old, she begins to understand what being a woman is and making the right decisions
This book is the 3rd book in a series and let me say that the story was fantastic from page 1 of Fireflies in December to the last page of Catching Moondrops. (The 2nd book was Cottonwood Whispers) The story is about 2 little girls in the 1930's South, one black and one white. It is about their friendship, their loves (as they grow older) and the terrors and heartaches they endure due to the unrest due to the KKK and how the hate is overcome. I became so caught up in the story and hated for it t ...more
I had been anxiously awaiting the release of the third and final book to this series. The day I bought it I stayed up until 6:00 am just to finish reading it. I couldn't put it down! I'm not sure if I have the words to accurately describe how much this book (and the first two) touched and blessed my heart. It has been such a wonderful journey growing in faith (and love) with Jessilyn and the beautiful cast of characters in these books. Buy it, read it, and share it wth your family and friends!
Jessilyn says and does what I hope I would have living at that time.
You always think you would react so bravely, but would you have?
I loved her as a character, in such a short amount of time she faces evil in Virginia, and came out stronger and knowing herself even better in the end.

I can understand her feeling of hatred towards those who live a life of hatred themselves, and I can say that her realizations she came to regarding her faith was also a lesson for me.

Thank you for another wonderful
This was the third and final book in Valent's trilogy. I liked it better then the first two mainly because the main character, Jessilyn is more grown up and not so naive or immature. I've always appreciated an author who can create a voice for her characters and Valent does a wonderful job of that. The southern accent is written so well I can hear it clear as day. I found in this book, as with the others that she doesn't take long to get into the knittygritty-ness of the story but the characters ...more
Kerry Johnson
Catching Moondrops is the third and final book in the Calloway Summer series. Set in 1930s southern Virginia, Catching Moondrops completes a trilogy I've become quite attached to. Author Jennifer Erin Valent did a remarkable job creating living, breathing characters that jump off the page and sink into the reader's mind and heart, characters we care about and want the best for even as they bump along in life and love. More than just the characters, however, I'll also miss the town of Calloway an ...more
Alison Stewart
Loved how this series came to a close. (Read all the books in order!) I was a distracted reader, but once I sat down to give reading some quality time, I couldn't put this book down. For more of a mature audience because of the violence related to the Klan. Beautiful story of forgiveness. Would definitely read more by this author.
Michelle B
loved this series and can't wait to see what else this author has in store!
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Amy Steiner
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I love this series, with it's strong female protagonist and her sometimes overwhelming flaws, kindness, spunk, and humanity. Placed during a dark time in our history, Valent meets the painful realities of pre-civil rights era Virginia with honesty, integrity, and a recognition of the good that held strong during those hard times.
I loved this book. It was a fitting ending to the series about a young girl growing up in the south at the time of racial predudice that is hard to imagine. The Klan is big, but this is a story of two friends, one black and one white, that shows the strength of I'm sure many who lived there, but don't have a place in history. The message of forgiveness from a black mother whose son was hung by Klan members to the mother of one of those men who killed him was very inspiring. The growth of the mai ...more
Catching Moondrops is the last book in the Calloway Summers series, and it does not disappoint! Jessilyn is about to turn 19 years old, and her love for Luke Talley has only gotten stronger over the years. A new young doctor, Tal Pritchett, has arrived in town, and when Mrs. Cleta becomes ill, he's the only doctor she's willing to see. The only problem is that Tal is a black man, and prejudice still runs rampant in Calloway. Hate flares up again, and Jessilyn finds herself lost between her cravi ...more
Loved this series about life in the 30's where work was hard, life was simple and family and God was first. Prejudice was rampant however, there was a few that did not see the color of the skin, but the character of a person and one that was made in God's image. Prejudice is still in some hearts of people, but when you have it in communities where life is almost difficult and when people are not treated as men/women were created to be treated, you can see how far we have come. The story is done ...more
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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.
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“Like sadness, frustration, happiness.
They don't much go together.
Sure they do. When you love people, there's always a mix like that. You think lovin's easy? It ain't. It's hart work. Awful hard work. But if you find good folks to love, it's worth all the feelin's you get from it.”
“I’d grown quite fond of the wind since Miss Cleta had taught me the secrets of it. “It’s the breath of God, Jessilyn,” she’d say, lifting her face to greet it. “Just listen to it talkin’ to your soul.” 6 likes
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