Books and relationships are both portable, which is why Capture Books is encouraging both adults and teens to take their books into the sun with them as they vacation this summer. They are unrolling the scroll of summer with a family book club strategy for breaking the Ice on hard parent-child discussions.

First, approaching Mother's Day, a Capture Books has released its mother-daughter saga, The Whispering of the Willows through Spring Arbor and Baker & Taylor. Adding discussion questions to the book was a strategy to make an easier conversation between mothers and daughters. Discussing unfortunate choices that poverty, bad boys and a vulnerable position often present to young girls can be difficult, but in the Whispering of the Willows, eighth grade Emerald Ashby discovers her strength when her poverty-stricken parents trade her to a disturbed and abusive man. The coming-of-age saga is written in such a way that parents, who want to prepare a teen against victimization, find the book as compelling as a teen simply seeking a good summer read. Capture Books features companion copies of The Whispering of the Willows through its website.

"It's a heady summer goal. There's a lot of heart in committing to read each other's books," says a representative of the book club program. "The Whispering Willows tells of faith-the-Appalachian-way, draped in the camouflage of a small West Virginia community where a blossoming young woman has been traded into marriage by her parents who are desperate for another farm laborer. When key individuals begin carving out a rescue plan, Emerald Ashby grows strong despite grievous wrongs committed against her. The Whispering of the Willows perfectly pairs mothering hearts and brave young girls who enjoy solving perplexing problems together. Inside the Whispering of the Willows, life in the 1920's world of Big Creek, West Virginia, is discovered through the eyes of fourteen-year-old Emerald Ashby."

Everything seems twisted when a preacher in the holler connives to trade a farmer's young daughters in marriage for financial gain. Not all is lost, however, when a brother, an aunt, a doctor and the sheriff decide to play a little game of poker on sacred ground. There, a handful of true believers work to correct the scandals brought to light in the ailing town.

Cleverly suspenseful and sweetly spoken, the storyteller's unassuming voice transforms an Appalachian trail of tears into holy terror against an evil that stalks the innocent. Emerald Ashby grows strong despite grievous wrongs committed against her. In The Whispering of the Willows, an Appalachian marriage practice might be compared to the modern sex trade which continues to exploit young females. Yet the power of some stalwart souls is guaranteed to save the day, at least for one young woman. Not since Catherine Marshall's Christy series has an Appalachian drama come to life like The Whispering of the Willows.

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