I have recently had the privilege of reading fellow Soul Mate Publishing author Char Chaffin’s novel, Jesse’s Girl. What a thoroughly engaging read this story is, grabbing my interest early on. The setting is small town Skitter Lake, Ohio, in the 1960’s. I found myself humming Rick Springfield’s ‘I Wish I Had Jesse’s Girl’ most the way through it.
Skitter Lake’s bad boy, Tim, has returned to town after seven years to clear his name from a fire he never set. He also came back to get Dorothy, who used to be his best friend’s girl. Now Jesse is dead and hailed a hero by the town of Skitter Lake.
Tim’s patience and efforts in dealing with the narrow minded people is incredible. Applause to him. And Dorothy needs a champion in her corner. Together, these former childhood pals set out on the impossible goal of correcting the errors from that fateful night. In the end, the real hero is revealed.
Jesse’s Girl is a great read to travel back to a different time, to a different mind set, to a couple you really hope can work it all out. Sometimes you just have to grit your teeth in frustration at the town’s people. You really feel Dorothy’s struggles as she deals with her mother and her feelings for Tim. And you really hope it’s Tim who will get Jesse’s girl.