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"Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you."

- Louis L'Amour

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Jill Delee Reed began writing when the local newspaper asked her to be a regular columnist and for two years she wrote “Jill’s Jabber,” giving readers a humorous and down-to-earth glimpse into her family life raising 10 children.  She is excited to debut her first book, The Peaks, and plans on releasing her second novel, The Island sometime in 2022.  She has loved books and reading for as long as she can remember and brings out her full nerd by taking a book to her children’s track meets and baseball games despite their begging her not to.

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Released July 29, 2021

In 1949, a son was born to Edna and Russell Peak. They were told he was "a mongoloid" and to put him in an institution, but they refused and took him home to raise, naming him David. Mongolism was a mystery when David was born and would not be discovered as Down Syndrome until many years later. Edna comes to believe she caused it, and doctors believe they can "cure" it.  Complicating life, Edna, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and manic-depressive disorder (eventually known as bi-polar disorder), undergoes barbaric electric shock treatments and the family must pull together during these dark times. Meanwhile, Russell is quickly becoming the world's premier glass fly fishing rod craftsman and renowned expert of fly fishing.  His rods are in demand and he makes custom rods for the rich and famous, for clients all over the world, and even for a president of the United States.
David is the bright spot in the family's lives and they experience adventure, joy, and laughter together because of him. 
Through it all, the Peaks have a special devotion to one another, and theirs is a true family love story.

"A tender, at times humorous, story of family, faith, love, and dedication. The Peaks inspire as they triumph over every obstacle."

Gerald R. Molen, Producer of Schindler’s List

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