Fresh out of prison after twelve years, Opal McBride must find a job in order to meet parole requirements. Failure means she’ll serve out the remainder of her sentence behind bars. The system has seen fit to drop her in Louisville, Kentucky, a far cry from her hometown of Jubilee in the Appalachian hollows. Scrambling to adapt, Opal finds more than a potential job in May Boone’s quilt shop; she finds acceptance and perhaps even friendship.
That is, until May’s son recognizes her. A detective, Josh Boone is not about to let a felon work for his soft-hearted mother. Though Opal’s crime was against a sheriff’s deputy, his innate sense of decency prods him to break ranks and defend her from the disdain of his fellow officers. Then he finds she may have light to shed on a cold case—and discovers there is more to Opal’s story than it seems.
Josh risks his professional reputation (and his heart) as he digs into Opal’s past. When secrets are exposed, will justice prevail? Will Opal and Josh find redemption—and maybe even love—where they least expect it?
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Strong coffee and strong women perk the pages of Leslie Lynch’s third novel in her Appalachian Foothills series. Learn what gave these women the muscles of the agile tigress who struck from the shadows, the guile of the rural widow who skulked the hollows with her double barrel shotgun or the steel of the sweet grandma who brooked no interference from husband or son when it came to her business. Of all the women to pack a wallop, Opal Mc Bride reigns supreme. Although she served her time in prison, those behind the “Blue Wall” punished her and remained vigilant, to insure that Opal wore the equivalent of the “Scarlet Letter” for the rest of her life. Yet, she cultivated patience and awareness of the threats about her. She dared to dream, hoping for her Jubilee, and she never relented. She would rather die fighting than ever again suffer the imprisonment of fear. Opal’s dark, lonely journey began in her teens. She had to make it on her own. Her...
I have read and enjoyed all the books in the Appalachian Foothill series, but Opal's Jubilee is a standout. I carted around my Kindle from room to room and chore to chore, unable to put it down. I read more than a hundred books in the past year, and this may be the only one that brought me to tears. A beautiful story of love, forgiveness, and redemption, Opal's Jubilee is filled with just the right amount of tension, making me unable to stop at "just one more chapter."
With rich descriptions and straightforward prose, the writing is impeccable. Characters are strong and well-developed, imperfect but lovable, and best of all, real.
The author is a fellow member of the Catholic Writers Guild, but, honestly, I don't think I could like the book more if it were written by my own mother.
Among the ongoing themes in Lynch's books are overcoming isolation, (re)establishing trust, and finding meaning and redemption through a relationship with God and others. As in the rest of the series, Lynch doesn't knock the reader over the head with her belief system, but she doesn't back off either, which is refreshing in this era. As a reader, I'm well able to chew the meat and spit out the bones and I wish other writers gave me credit for that ability instead of pulling their punches and weakening their books. I also wish that I could say that some of the plot elements are unlikely, but I have seen firsthand some of the unsavory and unfair situations the characters in the book find themselves facing, and as a native of the South, I can sadly attest that small towns are not always harmony and bliss. Jewish and Christian readers may immediately pick up on the notion of "Jubilee," but Lynch takes time to make a quiet explanation from a character who appears in other stories from...
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