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Publisher's Summary

Polishing Jade is set in the 1960's in rural Mississippi where the secrets are as sticky as the jams sold at Taylor's General Store. Jade Gentry is a young girl whose past will not control her future even if it cost her everything. Gripping and suspenseful, Jade will leave you sighing when she sighs, running when she runs, and celebrating when she is triumphant!
Meet an odd cast of characters, including kindly Miss Ellen, a superstitious woman who plants corn in front of her living room window, Renée, a peculiar woman who instinctively knows the deep hidden secrets of Jade, and a schoolteacher who begins the process of Polishing Jade.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Teresa on 04-23-15


"Polishing Jade" was a very sweet and meaningful book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's set in a small farming community in Braxton, Mississippi, population 32. Jade's real name is Clara Marie but her mother called her Jade for her big, dark green gemmy eyes. This story was also a gem. I was impressed by the almost poetic, colorful prose as well as the depth of the characters in contrast to the length of the audiobook.

Whenever she finds herself in a sticky situation with nowhere to go, she turns to Miss Ellen who scoops her right up and takes care of her. Her mom is gone and her dad remarries a selfish woman. With her brother Johnny having moved to Kansas to live with their uncle, she decides to move there also because back home, no one would ever understand her secret.

This is a stunning book that will keep you listening straight through. Written by Tekoa Manning and narrated by Felisha Caldeira, this one goes into my 'favorite' category. I would definitely recommend scooping this one up.

Felisha Caldeira is an Amazing narrator. One of the best I've heard with her southern drawl. Her voice epitomizes Jade and really brings her character to life. Her performance was flawless and I hope to listen to more of her work in the future. The author as well. An outstanding job.

Audiobook received in exchange for an unbiased review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Travis Caldeira on 04-10-15

Captivating and Inspiring!

Polishing Jade is a compelling story that engages many of the social tensions at work in 1960's America. It invites readers on the difficult but rewarding journey of a young woman faced with seemingly insurmountable circumstances. While emotionally gripping, this narrative inspires hope in the midst of despair and faith in the midst of adversity. I was pleasantly surprised to find how much I related to the situations portrayed by Tekoa Manning. This book will capture your heart, challenge your assumptions, and help you appreciate the polished jade in your own life.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the extraordinary performance of Felisha Caldeira. Her entrancing voice makes the characters of Polishing Jade come to life and her incredible acting will draw you ever deeper into this captivating story. Caldeira has not only helped me hear this book, she has helped me feel it. I am eager to listen to more of her narration in the future.

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