Seedling--The Youngest Years
The book, Seedling: The Youngest Years by Jessica Janna and April Alisa Marquette is billed as one of six purse-sized books with a seventh—a full-length novel—to tie the stories together. Just less than one hundred pages, Seedling read as though you were sitting on a porch, in a rocker, beside Jessica Janna with a glass of lemonade. As you enjoy the breeze and soak-up nature, Jessica regales you with tales and lessons learned from her youth.
Providing insight into what it was like to work in the cotton fields, how scary it was to wake up and find a rat in your bedroom (I can relate to that one), the bravery of her mother’s decision to leave a physically abusive husband in 1940s America, growing up poor, attempted rape, and several other topics. Each chapter provides quirky little quotes and sayings. One of the biggest lessons in this first book reminds me of a saying a good friend always said, “God don’t like ugly”. The book deals with the ugliness of actions and attitudes and trusting in God through it all. Nicely summarized in the title, seedlings refers to the formative years in young Jessica’s life. It also refers to the words of wisdom imparted to her by her mother, Ms Cleo. Well narrated, you can almost feel Jessica pat your arm as she says “Oh, I forgot to tell you,” or “Oh, I need to let you know”. Out of selfishness, the only thing I did not care for was its brevity. Not one for delayed gratification, I wish I could read more of the story now.
As I mentioned earlier, I was unaware that the book was penned by the person who emailed me and also unaware that they were mother and daughter. I was curious about the loving tribute and the passion April had for ensuring her mother’s story be shared with the world. It was at that point that I decided to request an interview. Please check out what she had to say in the accompanying author interview. I’ve since sat and wondered who has influenced me? Who in your life deserves such accolades?
To order a copy of the book, visit the author's website at www.aprilalisamarquette.com
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