The Promise of Jesse Woods

The Promise of Jesse Woods

Paperback - 2016
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2017 Christianity Today "Award of Merit" winner The summer of 1972 was the most pivotal of Matt Plumley's childhood. While his beloved Pirates battle for back-to-back World Series titles, Matt's family moves from Pittsburgh to Dogwood, West Virginia, where his father steps into the pulpit of a church under the thumb of town leader Basil Blackwood. A fish out of water, Matt is relieved to forge a fast bond with two unlikely friends: Dickie Darrel Lee Hancock, a mixed-race boy, and Jesse Woods, a tough-as-nails girl with a sister on her hip and no dad in sight.As the trio traipses the hills and hollers, Matt begins to fall for Jesse, and their promises to each other draw him deeper into her terrifying reality. One night, the wrath of the Blackwoods and the secrets of Jesse's family collide, and Matt joins Jesse in a rescue that saves one life and ends another . . . and severs the bond of their friendship.Years later, Matt is pulled back to Dogwood and to memories of that momentous summer by news of Jesse's upcoming wedding. He could never shake the feeling that there was more to the story of that fateful night, and he's determined to learn the truth behind the only promise Jesse Woods ever broke.
Publisher: Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2016]
ISBN: 9781414387772
1414387776
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 415 pages ; 21 cm

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Oct 22, 2016

Loved, loved, loved this book. Have read a few others by this author, but this is my favorite. I'm a sucker for a story with fierce friendship and loyalty among kids, especially where one is trying so hard to help another in a tough situation. Memorable characters, and the 70's was a perfect nostalgic setting. Had a kind of To Kill a Mockingbird/Stand by Me feel to it. Couldn't put it down.

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Aug 25, 2016

Christian Fiction - insidious.

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