2010 Christy Award winner!
Jessilyn Lassiter never knew that hatred could lurk in the human heart until the summer of 1932 when she turned 13. When 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 the 2007 winner of the Christian Writers Guild's Operation First Novel contest, and a 2010 Christy Award winner.
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An amazing book! I loved the characters in this book, and the storyline is fantastic. I highly recommend this book, it is filled with suspense, friendship, loyalty, love and much more.
This is the first book by Ms. Valent I have read and it is absolutely wonderful. This is a story of friendship, courage, and being a Christian during difficult times. When the parents of Jessilyn's friend Gemma, who is black, dies her father takes Gemma into their home. Not an easy thing to do in the 1930s South. Jessilyn learns first hand the destructive power of prejudice and hatred BUT also the power of forgiveness and living out one's Christian faith. Strongly recommend this novel to everyone. I am anxious to read the next 2 in this trilogy.
The civil rights setting of Fireflies in December is eye-opening, the characters are endearing, and the plot is gripping. There's a bit of romance, too, but for the end of that story you'll have to read the other books in this series. I also love the authors writing style. She's got a talent for using analogies and similes--her descriptions seem poetic at times.
I love this book! If you like The Help you will love this book! The characters are very well developed and you can't put it down. I read it in one sitting.
Fireflies in December is an intense book. It is about race & racism, so if the n-word is too painful for you to read, be warned. God is referenced, but the protagonist is a girl who keeps making foolhardy decisions because of her stubbornness.
Very well written book that brings back history & reminds how God has created all equal. I would be crying at times without realizing it. Ms. Valent writes to make the reader feel like they're in the situation with the characters.
I was so impressed with this book. I couldn't read it fast enough! The characters were well developed, the plot was amazing and I literally did not put it down until I finished it - at 1:00 a.m. This was a book that I didn't just read, I felt it.