|About the Book|
No one with Jessies history of childhood trauma could make it through unscathed, and Jessie is no exception. As recounted in Appalachian Justice, Jessie is an adult survivor of horrendous childhood abuse. At the age of thirteen, on a stormy night onMoreNo one with Jessies history of childhood trauma could make it through unscathed, and Jessie is no exception. As recounted in Appalachian Justice, Jessie is an adult survivor of horrendous childhood abuse. At the age of thirteen, on a stormy night on top of Crutcher Mountain, Jessie was rescued by Billy May Platte, a reclusive mountain woman who understood only too well what Jessie had suffered.Now forty-seven, Jessie is a success, at least by all outward appearances. Though divorced and childless, Jessie has built a successful career as a producer of big screen historical dramas and has a reputation as a hardworking perfectionist. But underneath it all, Jessie still struggles to reconcile the broken pieces of her past. As she explains: I did attempt psychotherapy, not once but twice. The first therapist outlined a meticulous treatment plan designed to encourage me to be an active participant in my own healing. We discussed my shortcomings and spent weeks devising action steps to assist me in reaching my goals. In the end, when confronted with so much paper and ink proof of my own issues, I did what any rational person would do when confronted with such insurmountable odds. I quit.The second therapist took a different track. He assured me of my inherent worth. He validated my feelings, no matter how terrible, how frighteningly horrid they were. He accepted me unconditionally, regaled me with never ending positive regard, and sat in nonjudgmental acceptance of me. I quit him, too. If he couldnt see the flaws so obviously apparent within me, I didnt trust his abilities as a therapist. Its hard to find ones way out of a circle.Little does she know, Billy Mays dying wish may just bring her the peace she so desires.In honor of Billy Mays final request, Jessie has invited an agency that works with children with developmental disabilities to establish a wilderness retreat for special needs children on top of Crutcher Mountain. Everything has come together beautifully, until a series of strange events threatens to shut down the operation.Petty vandalism, a mysterious fire, and an anonymous note left for Jessie, demanding that she return to Crutcher Mountain. Unsure what to expect, Jessie returns to West Virginia in search of answers and finds more than she bargained for.