Along the Forgotten Coast is the Highly Anticipated Second Volume in Odom’s popular Coral Series
WordCrafts Press and author Jennifer Odom are pleased to announce the release of Along the Forgotten Coast, the highly anticipated second volume in her heartwarming Coral Series. Falling under the category of Contemporary Young Adult Fiction, Along the Forgotten Coast picks up immediately after the events detailed in Under the Mango Trees, the first volume in the series, and finds Coral on a road trip to find, and perhaps meet for the first time, the father she has never known.
“Along the Forgotten Coast brings the reader into the life of Coral as she faces life alone in the world—an adult-orphan,” Jennifer says of her latest novel. “But when a unique opportunity of hope is offered, will she reach for it, or will her fears cause her to run? And will her newly discovered father’s self-condemnation continue to stall his own life? My desire is that this story offers my readers courage and the ability to apply self-forgiveness to their own lives.”
The characters readers loved from Under the Mango Trees are back for the second volume. In addition to Coral, readers with enjoy the feisty Grandma Rosella, the over-protective lawyer, Peter Cordero, and Rosella’s handsome and charming grandson, Matt. And there are a bevy of quirky new characters that are sure to wriggle their way into reader’s hearts, including Rosella’s ne-er-do-well son, Sol, an elderly but spry shopkeeper, Aunt Allie, a restauranteur with a soft spot for kittens, and an imposing figure named Mike who might be more than he appears to be. But even in a beautiful setting like the Forgotten Coast, heartache and woundedness walk hand-in-hand. To embrace her future, Coral must come to grips with her past. But can she find the courage to forgive?
“God has placed so many fascinating people in this world. It’s fun to introduce a few to my readers,” Jennifer says. “Ultimately, the goal of my writing is to encourage people. Each of my books lend themselves to that in one way or another. Through interesting characters, adventure, and unexpected turns, the plot illuminates a direction or answers to issues of today that hit people in the gut. Beyond that I hope to express simple beauty. Beauty is found in some very out-of-the-way places. At the end of the day I hope to have shared a healthy slice of beauty with my reader.”
Along the Forgotten Coast is resonating with fans as the novel cracked Amazon.com’s Hot New Releases charts in the online retailer’s Contemporary Christian Fiction, Clean and Wholesome Romance, and Paranormal Angel Romance categories. And Jennifer is hard at work on the third volume of The Coral Series.
“In the next volume, Down by the Riverside, (working title) Coral must confront dark surprises from her past and seek help from those around her,” Jennifer hints. “Will an apparent betrayal send her packing, or will she dig in and face the problem square on?”
About Jennifer Odom
Jennifer Odom is a 5th generation Floridian. Her love of the land and its rich history reach back to the 1860s when her great-great-grandfather migrated to his new homestead in Central Florida near the railroad. Orange groves and farming busied the family while one child and her spouse established the general store and served as station-master for the thriving depot
Reflecting this love of Florida and its people, Jennifer has written human interest stories for the Ocala Star Banner and gardening articles for the Ocala Gazette. Her fiction is published in Splickety and Clubhouse Jr. magazines, as well as Maine Review’s Juxtaposition. Her fifth novel, Along the Forgotten Coast, is the second volume in her heart-warming Coral Series and serves as the satisfying sequel to Under the Mango Trees. Her Black Series (suspense/mystery) includes Summer on the Black Suwannee, Stranger with a Black Case, and Girl with a Black Soul.
Jennifer is a multi-award winning veteran teacher and writer, selected as Teacher of the Year at her Florida Blue Ribbon School, and Writer of the Year at the Florida Christian Writers Conference.
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