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This book is about a grandmother running away with a man who would eventually become her husband. Leaving her four young children to fend for themselves. The brother, who would be deemed the lifesaver of his three sisters took charge and made their way across the bayous of Louisiana to the grandparent’s house. Unwanted by their grandfather the brother promised he would work as hard as he could in exchange for their shelter.
Each child would reunite with their mother in California as adults and given a chance to bond with the woman who had abandoned them as young children. Through heartbreak and turmoil, Jessie Mae’s second chance to be a mother to her children failed.