When the Jessamine Grows, a review by Shelley

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Donna Everhart

Kensington Books
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2024
400 Pages
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This has to be one of my favourite books so far this year. I have read every single book by Donna Everhart and she has never disappointed me. Historical Southern Fiction is one of my favourite genres and Donna Everhart is the Queen. I am not a history buff but Ms. Everhart makes me a fan and leaves me wanting to learn more. Her writing style is captivating and the internal thoughts of our protagonist made me feel like I knew her personally. The best part of this book is our leading lady, Joetta. She is one strong woman I tell you and the losses she experiences I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

Although this story revolves around The Civil War it is mostly about staying true to one’s self and your convictions. Joetta refuses to take a side, she finds the war a useless endeavour and because of this, she loses friends and the respect of her youngest son, who can’t even look her in the eye. The research was impeccable and I learned a lot about the war, farm life and what it was like to live in the South during that time period. All. The. Stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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