ABOUT SUMMER OF THE OAK MOON:
Title: Summer of the Oak Moon
Publication date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Laura Templeton
Rejected by the exclusive women’s college she has her heart set on, Tess Seibert dreads the hot, aimless summer ahead. But when a chance encounter with a snake introduces her to Jacob Lane, a black college student home on his summer break, a relationship blooms that challenges the prejudices of her small, north Florida town.
When Jacob confesses that Tess’s uncle is trying to steal his family’s land, Tess comes face to face with the hatred that simmers just below the surface of the bay and marshes she’s loved since birth. With the help of her mentor Lulu, an herbal healer, Tess pieces together clues to the mysterious disappearance of Jacob’s father twenty-two years earlier and uncovers family secrets that shatter her connection to the land she loves.
Tess and Jacob’s bond puts them both in peril, and discontent eventually erupts into violence. Tess is forced to make a decision. Can she right old wrongs and salvage their love? Or will prejudice and hatred kill any chance she and Jacob might have had?
Wow this story really captured my attention, I was totally drawn in right from the first page. Even with the snake, and I don’t like snakes at all.
I started reading this book without even looking to see what it was about. I normally like to know what a book is about and yet this book drew me right in. The only thing I could relate personally in this story is about being 18 in the 1980’s. But that doesn’t matter I lived in the same time period of this book and heard stories like this, the racial tension, I lived out west so it was a little different then down in the south.
I would have to say this book is written well, the author Laura Templeton did such great job on capturing the essence of that time period. I fell in love with both of the characters and how much Tess wanted to change all the wrongs and the hatred. Fell in love with Jacob who just seem to want the right thing, was taught to do the right thing. And who wouldn’t want someone like Lulu to help teach them what she was teaching Tess. That to me is so intriguing right there. Everything about this story was so mesmerizing. You will have to read to find out, can they overcome the hatred and the prejudice of the time? Can they make a right out of a wrong?
I am so glad to have the opportunity to read this book. I can’t wait to read Laura Templeton’s first book
I was given this book in an exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT LAURA TEMPLETON:
Laura Templeton lives near Athens, Georgia, with her husband, son, and a menagerie of animals. When she’s not writing, she enjoys gardening, learning to figure skate, and taking long walks on the quiet country roads near her home. Something Yellow is her debut novel, and her creative nonfiction has appeared in various publications.
Giveaway Information: Winner will be drawn June 1, 2015
· Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Summer of the Oak Moon by Laura Templeton (INT)