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Jennifer Odom


Jennifer Odom is a 5th generation Floridian. Her love of the land and its rich history reach back to the 1860s when her great great grandfather migrated to his new homestead in Central Florida near the railroad. Orange groves and farming busied the family while one child and her spouse established the general store and served as station-master for the thriving depot. Reflecting this love of Florida and its people, Jennifer has written human interest stories for the Ocala Star Banner and gardening articles for the Ocala Gazette. Her fiction is published in Splickety and Clubhouse Jr. Magazines, as well as Maine Review’s Juxtaposition. Her fourth novel, Under the Mango Trees is set in Fort Myers, Floridaand is the first in her heart-warming Coral Series. Her Black Series (suspense/mystery) includes Summer by the Black Suwannee, Stranger with a Black Case, and Girl with a Black Soul.  

Jennifer is a multi-award winning veteran teacher and writer, selected as Teacher of the Year at her Florida Blue Ribbon School, and Writer of the Year at the Florida Christian Writers Conference.   

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Along the Forgotten Coast

A Novel

Young adult coming of age

The second volume of The Coral Series, picks up the story with Coral as a young college student traveling to Carrabelle, Florida, with Rosella and her grandson Matt to spy out her newly discovered father. Coral she fears he’ll be the same kind of loser as all her mother’s old boyfriends.
Romance blooms with Matt as they explore the Forgotten Coast, but her developing affection for the father she never knew turns to hatred when she overhears snippets of a conversation. But when Matt presses her to hear the rest of the story, will she reject Matt along with her father?


Skillfully written suspense. I couldn’t put this book down.

5-Star Amazon Customer Review
Summer on the Black Suwannee

Also by Jennifer Odom

Summer on the Black Suwannee

a novel of suspense

When 15-year-old Emily is nearly raped by her stepfather, her distraught but well-meaning mother Charlene arranges for them to spend the summer at Earth Mother Acres, a special, secluded, faith-based retreat for troubled girls nestled along the bucolic banks of the Black Suwannee River.

But Emily and Charlene soon learn that Satan can assume a pleasing form, and not everything at Earth Mother Acres is as it appears

Stranger with a Black Case

a novel of suspense

Tony pushed a broom along the wall outside the train station. His heart sat like a chunk of iron in his chest. His dad—Vinnie Vinetti—afraid of someone? Vinnie was top dog. He was never afraid of anything or anyone. Till now.

Would someone really try to kill him?

Girl with a Black Soul

a novel of suspense

When teenager Chad Montgomery is targeted by a bully after his father’s death, he takes the wrong fork in the road—a trap set by the evil one—to destroy the very talents that define him.
When his beautiful new girlfriend offers him a place to crash in her uncles run-down abandoned gas station, he leaves home to “get his head on straight.” But he soon learns that deprivation, encounters with murderous bikers, and scrapes with the law is a slippery slope that only leads from bad to worse.

Under the Mango Trees

a novel

“I’ve learned one thing for sure. A friend-or an enemy-is not always who we think they are. And it only took me twenty years to figure it out.”

When Coral, a neglected 12-year-old from a trailer park, meets Rosella, her eccentric, retired neighbor, an unlikely and heartwarming friendship ensues.But as Coral comes of age she discovers there is more to Rosella than meets the eye-and a past she is reluctant to discuss. Deep grief mingles with an even deeper sense of joy and peace in the older woman.
It is a mystery that Coral is determined to unravel.