Monday, July 11, 2016

The Promise of Jesse Woods by Chris Fabry

Book Description:  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.

My Thoughts:  Wow!   Chris Fabry does it again!  

Quite a read about the backwoods of West Virginia, three unlikely friends, and a preacher's son.
Matt and his family move from Pittsburgh, PA to Dogwood, West Virginia.  What a change for Matt.  
Not only is Matt having to adjust to a new place and make new friends (he feels like fish out of water) but his dad as the new pastor of the church in Dogwood is under the thumb of the town leader, Basil Blackwood.  My heart hurt for Matt's and many a time as I knew exactly how that preacher must feel. 
There are many, many facets in this story and secrets.  It also entails  young love, the sad story of the backwoods thinking and Matt's dad as a new pastor in a small town (small minded, too).
Of course, if you've ever read a novel by Chris Fabry you know there are twists in the plot. So, just as the reader thinks the story is going one way . . . BOOM!  Twist!
Again, WOW!  What a read!  
Such a great read that I didn't want to give any spoilers...this is your one summer gotta read!

*This book was provided for review by Tyndale*

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (July 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414387776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414387772

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