Author Lee Vern Gadson’s new book “People of the Grove” is an evocative novella telling a sweet story of friendship, innocence, and faith in a complicated world

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Recent release “People of the Grove” from Page Publishing author Lee Vern Gadson is a heartwarming story introducing Debra Leigh Rogers, a young girl living with her mother on the edge of an orange grove in east central Florida in the 1960s. Despite the frightening rumors of savage people living within the grove, Debbie ventures in and finds a wonderful friendship that will change more than one life forever.

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Lee Vern Gadson is a US Air Force veteran who served twenty years with honor as an enlisted member, established a small plant nursery business, and worked as a licensed practical nurse for fifteen years before retiring to focus on further developing his bonsai skills and teaching endeavors. He has published his new book “People of the Grove”: an uplifting tale inspired by a true story of trust and faith in others.

This story is a compilation of real-life events and facts interwoven with fictional events and facts from the creative mind of the author. It delivers a sometimes-humorous view of the everyday life of a young girl striving to grow up to become a lady and a better person, and at other times portrays what could be real life for some when people of different ways of life come into contact. In the end, it shows what impact comes from her interaction and gesture of kindness to one unlikely boy.

All this is set in an idyllic days-gone-by time of a picturesque tiny Central Florida town surrounded by lakes and orange groves.
Published by Page Publishing, Lee Vern Gadson’s engrossing book is a poignant coming-of-age story of a simple act of kindness that resonates for a generation and beyond.
Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “People of the Grove” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

About Page Publishing:

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