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Jul 17, 2014

Tour Stop: Jessie by Rebekah Lyn

Posted by Wendy Ewurum  |  at  7:10 PM

The four Cole boys’ adventures on their island home have become a welcome escape, and one of the only things in life the boys can truly rely on. Jessie, the youngest and a dreamer, becomes enamored with US plans for manned space flight and its race to the moon, stirring his own dreams of one day becoming an astronaut. Jessie has deep thoughts but doesn’t think he does. He is perceptive and sensitive, and escapes by dreaming of the astronaut Gus who helps him to process things

 There is a beautiful theme of brotherly love. The brothers are a close unit despite their age range and personalities.

There are tense father-son relationships especially for the oldest son Max and youngest Jessie who suffer abuse at the hands of an alcoholic father . Jessie does not want to repeat his father’s mistakes. Conflicted, he hates his father but craves his love.

When his father seems to change after a conversion, Jessie is suspicious and does not buy into the church going that ensues. He questions the kind of people who go to church and what it all means. Max sees these changes and seems to adapt and tries to encourage the suspicious Jessie who remains cynical. When his brother returns home from Vietnam injured but believing in God this surprises Jessie. He wants to let go of and understand his pain/situation but cannot let go of the hurt and bitterness. Jessie then forgives his father after a successful launch that they watch together. Something in his heart shifts. He finds he has changed after that  and is surprised at the feeling of comfort he has spending time with his whole family after that. Forgiveness brings Jessie peace.

 Book Excerpt

July 20, 1964

Soft, warm sand scrunched between Jessie's toes. Waves rolled onto the shore, white foam racing up the hard packed sand toward him, receding just inches before it would have splashed over his feet. Jessie looked up and down the pristine sand, then back toward the dunes of waving sea oats and thick palm fronds. His roving gaze stopped at the sight of a man cresting the dune, seeming to float above the thick vegetation. 

As the man drew closer, Jessie felt his stomach flutter with excitement, recognizing astronaut Gus Grissom.

"Good afternoon, Jessie." Grissom smiled down at him. 

"Mr. Grissom, how did you know my name?" Jessie stammered in awe. 

"I hear you want to be an astronaut when you grow up." Grissom started walking down the beach and Jessie fell in step beside him.

"I do,” Jessie breathed. “I can't wait till I am old enough to apply." Jessie couldn't tear his eyes away from Grissom as they walked. 

"That's good. We'll need lots of young men to carry on this mission. There is so much still to be learned and explored. I'm sure we’ll face setbacks that will seem insurmountable, but as long as we have the faith and support of the country, I believe this space program can make a real difference. We can do things that others only dream of."

Jessie nodded solemnly. "I won't give up on you."

Grissom's eyes grew sad and he turned his gaze out to the ocean. "You were ready to give up on us once, after Alan's brief flight into space. You said it wasn't worth it for less than twenty minutes."

Jessie felt a stab of guilt. How did Grissom know about his innermost thoughts? "I was wrong then. After you and John Glenn made longer trips I understood Mr. Shepard was a pioneer, blazing the path, pushing the limits to see what could be done. I won't doubt again, I promise."

Grissom looked down at Jessie and placed a hand on his shoulder. "Remember that promise in the days and years to come." 

Jessie nodded, thrilled by the faith and confidence Grissom's hand on his shoulder instilled in him. Just as quickly as he had appeared, Grissom was gone and Jessie was alone on the beach again. In the distance he could make out the upright shape of the launch tower.

"Wake up, Jessie," a quiet voice whispered in his ear, as a soft hand shook his shoulder.

Jessie rolled over and opened his eyes to see his mother standing over him, wearing the same pale blue dress she had worn that morning as they had been evicted. Jessie rubbed his eyes and looked at his watch, surprised only forty-five minutes had passed.  

"Lunch is ready, sweetheart." Eleanor's eyes crinkled with her smile.

"I'll be right there," Jessie replied. When his mother had left the room, he sat up and studied his feet, surprised to see he wasn't barefoot, with sand between his toes, but rather wore the old sneakers he'd fallen asleep in. Did he only dream his meeting with Gus Grissom? 

Of course it was only a dream. What chance did a kid like him have of actually meeting an astronaut? It was childish of him to have believed it for even a second, and yet... Jessie touched his shoulder, where Grissom's hand had rested, and he again felt that confidence. Dreams did sometimes come true, you know. 

Not feeling hungry, and still bemused by his dream, Jessie meandered into the kitchen where he found his brothers sitting around the table, all eyes expectantly on him. With a start, he saw a cake standing there, decorated with fourteen brightly burning candles. 

into his mouth.

About The Author

Rebekah is a Christian with a heart for new beginnings. She is a Florida native and a graduate of Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Fl. A love of history, research and journaling led naturally to a passion for writing. She enjoys travel and has traveled extensively across the United States and Canada as well as Europe and the Caribbean. Her reading taste run from the classics to light fiction. When she is not working or writing, she enjoys cooking, baking and sharing recipes on her blog.

Her current works include, Summer Storms and Winter's End, books one and two in The Seasons of Faith series, and Julianne the first book in The Coastal Chronicle series. She is currently working on Jessie a coming of age novel set in coastal Florida during the early days of the United States manned space flight program. Jessie is the second book in the Coastal Chronicles Series.

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