In March, author Kathleen Jacobs reached out to me with an opportunity to read and review her upcoming Young Adult novel Betsy Blossom Brown. At the time it was in its last phases before being published and available to the public. After having worked with Kathleen and read her previous works in the past months, I knew I couldn't pass this opportunity up. As a book reviewer I always try to remain objective and honest, which is a quality that Kathleen has encouraged throughout our time working together. I can honestly say that reading this book was a pleasure and an honor which I will always cherish. So though my review can be found on the back cover of Betsy Blossom Brown (how cool is that!), I wanted to share my review and thoughts here on Mountain Mama Book Reviews so those who don't yet know about Betsy Blossom Brown will know this book is truly a treasure.
Betsy Blossom Brown is a coming-of-age story about a young girl who journeys from being an observer of life to a participant. Her seemingly idyllic life with her privileged South Carolina family is turned upside down, revealing truths and disarming pretensions. She's independent, opinionated, and brave. Uncertainty enters her life when she and her mother move to the Appalachian region until, through a series of unsettling events; she sheds her uncertainty and learns to embrace life. The graphite illustrations help to understand the depth of Betsy Blossom Brown, as she sketches her way through life recognizing her mild Asperger syndrome, without letting it curb her appetite for life. Betsy Blossom Brown was released in June 2019 and is available for purchase through Amazon (link available below) and Barnes and Noble
Kathleen Jacobs boldly and gracefully creates the life of Betsy Blossom Brown, a young girl with Asperger's syndrome, who is an insightful character that keeps her spunk and curiosity throughout her years. Betsy Blossom Brown is wise beyond her years, and her internal dialogue is at times peculiar, yet always intriguing. Betsy Blossom Brown broaches difficult topics and exposes the delicate nature of the human spirit when faced with unforeseen trials. Jacobs is a gift to Appalachian literature, as she develops Betsy Blossom Brown's story while creating a beautifully accurate depiction of West Virginia's geography and culture. Jacobs' books are always nothing short of eloquent and endearing, and Betsy Blossom Brown - is a wonderful addition to her collection of works.