Beth E. Westcott - Author

I’ve been sharing deleted scenes that give you backstory for The Three Sisters series. I’d like to introduce you to some of the secondary characters who will appear in Her Heart’s Longing. Today meet Jesse White.Her Hearts Longing

Jesse White here, the youngest member of the White family. ‘Jesse’ like King David’s father in the Bible. You’ve met me before, in Heart’s Desire (about my sister and Jeremy Abbott) and A Heart’s Journey (about Haleigh Abbott and my brother Willie). 

I’m the youngest but not the least–I mean in size. I’m taller than my big brothers, Mike and Willie, and my big sister, Aubrey, has to stand on her tiptoes to look me in the eye now. Willie and I look a lot alike. The Three Sisters considered me their “little brother” (but I’m bigger than all of them now), and they never left me out of their fun. (Although they called me ‘pest,’ and I suppose I was.)

Joining the Air Force has been my dream. My dad let me get my pilot’s license as long as I completed two years at the community college. Ugh! I don’t like sitting in a classroom. In my school days I enjoyed making my classmates laugh, and at times I couldn’t stay in my seat. In elementary school, I’d get a reprimand from my teacher and have to sit in the corner. In middle and high school, I’d get detention. I never did anything really bad, just annoying. But I finished a two-year college degree in criminal justice.

I played basketball and baseball, although I wasn’t as good as my oldest brother Mike, who was a star athlete and honor student. He’s married now. 

The break-up of The Three Sisters was like losing family. The Abbotts left Greenlawn, Katie Mann disappeared for a while, and my sister nearly died in a car crash that killed her friend Leanna. She should never have gotten into the car with that stupid hot shot Derek Hall. I didn’t know all that was going on, but I witnessed Aubrey’s difficult healing process and heard about Katie’s pregnancy. Haleigh refused to communicate with anyone. Willie was really down and struggled with his faith.

Well, my sister’s okay and married to Jeremy Abbott, and Haleigh returned to Greenlawn, and now she and Willie are planning their wedding. Katie Mann is a nurse. She’s sweet and pretty, and she still treats me as a special friend. She has a way of encouraging you when you’re down, and her faith shines through. Don’t tell anyone, but I have a secret crush on her.


I’ve looked forward to getting out of Greenlawn and finding action, but as the time gets closer, I guess I’m already a little homesick. I never thought that would happen to me.

You’ll find me in Katie’s story, Her Heart’s Longing.  Maybe I’ll have a story of my own one day.

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you, Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”