Jessie’s Hope and the Authentic Life by Jennifer Hallmark
Why did I write Jessie’s Hope?
Community. I needed to tell my own story, and the people around me played a huge part. The sorrow and joy and discouragement and true happiness that I see, that’s life, and in Jessie’s Hope, I tried to portray authentic life, as much as possible, in rural Alabama.
I share the men and women who live in my neighborhood, my county. The way our community and churches pull together during times of tragedy or natural disasters. They are why I write. The organizations and ministries that touch people’s lives every day made it into my simple tale.
I think of the time that my son’s wife birthed our granddaughter a month early and struggled financially as the baby stayed in the hospital for almost a month. Neighbors dropped by to see if they could help. People and churches donated money then helped us to cook and to sell chicken stew to pay hospital bills.
Family also plays a big role in all my work. No, not the Leave it to Beaver family but people that work hard, love true, and lose the will to continue at times. Though everything is wrapped up to some degree by the end of Jessie’s Hope, it isn’t life the way I’d like to see it. It’s how it really is.
Why did I write Jessie’s Hope? Maybe to give myself a little hope by sharing encouragement and stories with others. If I can help anyone smile a little and cry a few tears of empathy, I’ve done my job as a writer…
More about Jessie’s Hope:
Years ago, an accident robbed Jessie Smith’s mobility. It also stole her mom and alienated her from her father. When Jessie’s high school sweetheart Matt Jansen proposes, her parents’ absence intensifies her worry that she cannot hold on to those she loves.
With a wedding fast approaching, Jessie’s grandfather Homer Smith, has a goal to find the perfect dress for “his Jessie,” one that would allow her to forget, even if for a moment, the boundaries of her wheelchair. But financial setbacks and unexpected sabotage hinder his plans.
Determined to heal from her past, Jessie initiates a search for her father. Can a sliver of hope lead to everlasting love when additional obstacles–including a spurned woman and unpredictable weather–highjack Jessie’s dream wedding?
Jennifer Hallmark writes Southern fiction and has published 200+ Internet articles and interviews, short stories in several magazines, and has co-authored three book compilations. Her debut novel, Jessie’s Hope, released on June 17th, 2019.
When she isn’t babysitting or gardening, you can find her at her desk writing fiction or working on her two blogs. She also loves reading detective fiction from the Golden Age and viewing movies like LOTR or Star Wars. Sometimes you can even catch her watching American Ninja Warrior.