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In Those First Bright Days of Elvis
~ The Days of Elvis Series, Book 1 ~
by Josephine Rascoe Keenan
One trivial decision can change your whole life.
On an October night in 1955, fifteen-year-old Julie Morgan decides to attend a free talent
show and concert at the football stadium of her Arkansas hometown. At the concert, Julie
encounters three strangers: a lookalike, who could pass for her twin; a college boy, who
will be the love of her life; and Elvis Presley, who befriends her and whose casual comment
about a light bulb becomes a driving force in her pursuit of love and self-worth.
But was it?
But in that pursuit, Julie goes down the wrong path, seeking popularity and an older boy's
affection as substitutes for her missing father's guidance and support, unaware that her
longing to feel loved and valued stems from her need to have her father in her life.
Growing up is never easy. The birth of rock 'n' roll, a growing standard of living, and the
culture of automobiles brought a feeling of freedom and ease. But the phrase "Duck and Cover!"
meant the possibility of nuclear war and death was now a fact of everyday life.
Josephine Rascoe Keenan masterfully weaves a story of human anguish and betrayal, love and
loss, recrimination and regret, and shows how choices, once made, can change one's life
forever. She meticulously recreates the "golden days" of drive-in movies, screen-wire
petticoats, and flashy American cars, when the world seemed brighter and more innocent
Praise for In Those First Bright Days of Elvis
"Elvis is back in the building in Keenan's debut novel.
Don't miss the other books in the Days of Elvis series
"A warm October evening in El Dorado, Arkansas, signals a series of new beginnings for Julie Morgan.
The young teenager attends an Elvis Presley concert and catches a ride home with the up-and-coming
singer in his shiny pink Cadillac, thus commencing an unlikely friendship between a small-town girl
and a famous rocker. As Elvis Presley's star ascends, Julie's life and relationships in Arkansas
- Kirkus Reviews
by Josephine Keenan